Life in a northern town

Gunn Lake – Itasca County, Minnesota – June 2022

Gunn Lake – Itasca County, Minnesota – June 2022

Pontoon picnics and common loons. Floating on a tube in the lake without a care in the world. Amaro on the rocks and laughs with great friends. Gourmet food cooked by others. These are a few of my favorite things about summer in Minnesota.

I spent a week in June at my best friend’s cabin on Gunn Lake near(ish) Grand Rapids in northern Minnesota. I’ve been there nearly every summer for over 20 years now, and it never gets old. I could stare at the lake or close my eyes and listen to nature for hours doing nothing else.

My friends are total foodies and amazing cooks—neither of which are traits that describe me. I’m thankful for it because wow did we eat well. I am quite good at washing dishes, though. It’s relaxing to me. This worked out great. Two of us pretty much stayed out of the kitchen before meals and handled all the clean-up after. Win-win!

I managed to get quite a bit of work done while my friends were out fishing or lounging in the water. But I made sure not to work too hard and took a lot of breaks.

The mosquitoes were especially rude this year, but I suppose the itchy marks that lasted a few days after my trip served as reminders of my amazing time up north. Yeah, I’m going with that.

It was a great week, and I can’t wait to get back to Gunn Lake!

I leave tomorrow morning for a week of hiking and fishing with my aunt and cousins in Colorado. Believe it or not, we’re going to a few areas of the state I haven’t been to yet. And I’m excited about my first concert at Red Rocks.

I didn’t take many photos while unwinding at the cabin, but I’ve created a photo gallery of my favorites. Enjoy!

Casa Loma Tower View
Casa Loma Great Hall
Casa Loma Suite
Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror
Casa Loma Stables
Casa Loma Conservatory