Posts tagged cabin fever

One last #cabinfever submission!
"Rowing with the swimmers across the lake"

One last #cabinfever submission!

"Rowing with the swimmers across the lake"

Is listening to Susan Sweeney reading Return to Wake Robin on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day giving you cabin fever? Share your special place Northwoods retreat with us and get published on our tumblr! Submit HERE

Is listening to Susan Sweeney reading Return to Wake Robin on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day giving you cabin fever? Share your special place Northwoods retreat with us and get published on our tumblr! Submit HERE

Tune into Wisconsin Public Radio TODAY at 12:30 pm to hear the first installment of Susan Sweeney reading Return to Wake Robin on Chapter A Day

Tune into Wisconsin Public Radio TODAY at 12:30 pm to hear the first installment of Susan Sweeney reading Return to Wake Robin on Chapter A Day

"Take my hand little brother.  We’ll watch the sun set on Wilson Bay."

"Take my hand little brother.  We’ll watch the sun set on Wilson Bay."

Early this summer, my two boys and I did something very different than our normal genteel lake cabin weekend.  We went to see some radically modified monster trucks plow through a deep mud bog in Hertel, Wisconsin.  If you’d like to hear more about this story and see a few pictures, please visit http://dhseim.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/monster-trucks-in-the-mud-bog/  

Early this summer, my two boys and I did something very different than our normal genteel lake cabin weekend.  We went to see some radically modified monster trucks plow through a deep mud bog in Hertel, Wisconsin.  If you’d like to hear more about this story and see a few pictures, please visit http://dhseim.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/monster-trucks-in-the-mud-bog/  

Sometimes you just have to decorate your ride, get some girls, get a little goofy and be in a parade.  Each year, our lake association has a boat parade.  This year, I happened to be on the dock with my camera and telephoto lens.  If you’d like to see all the pictures of the boat parade, please visit http://dhseim.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/a-boat-parade/

Sometimes you just have to decorate your ride, get some girls, get a little goofy and be in a parade.  Each year, our lake association has a boat parade.  This year, I happened to be on the dock with my camera and telephoto lens.  If you’d like to see all the pictures of the boat parade, please visit http://dhseim.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/a-boat-parade/

This photo of my father walking my daughter down to the cabin dock on her very first visit to the cabin Up North - and to any dock anywhere - captured in a click not only a beautiful setting but a beautiful moment … the passing of summer traditions from one generation to the next.

This photo of my father walking my daughter down to the cabin dock on her very first visit to the cabin Up North - and to any dock anywhere - captured in a click not only a beautiful setting but a beautiful moment … the passing of summer traditions from one generation to the next.

Breathing in the chill air, the three of us draw our blankets closer. The gentle hues of the sunrise turn into the brightness of a new day and the last star fades. My sister and I take one more look, race up the steps, and jump into our beds to grab a few more hours of sleep.
Return to Wake Robin, from the chapter “Passing the Torch”
Not sleeping in at the cabin, has its benefits. Sunrise July 28, 2007. North Sand Lake, WI.  

Not sleeping in at the cabin, has its benefits. Sunrise July 28, 2007. North Sand Lake, WI.  

For me, perhaps the most  cherished Up North Wisconsin experience is sailing little boats on North Sand Lake in Burnett County and, more specifically, sailing the Penguin—a 11.5-foot wooden dinghy that my father bought used in the 1950s.
Penguins were designed by Philip Rhodes, the famous yacht designer. They handle beautifully, can be sailed close to the wind, and heel up for some excitement. When I was a kid, sailing the length of the lake in the Penguin was a daring, all-afternoon nautical adventure. I would provision myself with a can of 7-Up and a handful of Oreos.
Now, 40+ years on, I live in Massachusetts but have spent summer vacation “at the cottage,” as my family calls it, more often than not. The Penguin is in need of repair. And sandy bottomed North Sand Lake— so much smaller and tamer than the watery expanse of my nostalgia.
But the sound a little wooden boat makes in the water—that is not a memory.
And if the sun is out and catching the boat’s white sail—that still happens.
And if it’s midweek, when the jet skis are catching their breath and the lake is empty except for the loons (of course you must mention the loons!), the here and now is not so bad, not so bad at all!
In fact, it is really quite wonderful—much to my relief.

For me, perhaps the most  cherished Up North Wisconsin experience is sailing little boats on North Sand Lake in Burnett County and, more specifically, sailing the Penguin—a 11.5-foot wooden dinghy that my father bought used in the 1950s.

Penguins were designed by Philip Rhodes, the famous yacht designer. They handle beautifully, can be sailed close to the wind, and heel up for some excitement. When I was a kid, sailing the length of the lake in the Penguin was a daring, all-afternoon nautical adventure. I would provision myself with a can of 7-Up and a handful of Oreos.

Now, 40+ years on, I live in Massachusetts but have spent summer vacation “at the cottage,” as my family calls it, more often than not. The Penguin is in need of repair. And sandy bottomed North Sand Lake— so much smaller and tamer than the watery expanse of my nostalgia.

But the sound a little wooden boat makes in the water—that is not a memory.

And if the sun is out and catching the boat’s white sail—that still happens.

And if it’s midweek, when the jet skis are catching their breath and the lake is empty except for the loons (of course you must mention the loons!), the here and now is not so bad, not so bad at all!

In fact, it is really quite wonderful—much to my relief.