Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our First Season Begins!'s June 22nd and I'm finally sitting down to do the blog.  Our first season has started off super busy...which is a good thing....and super fun!  Not all resort jobs are fun, but can I tell you what IS fun?  Going to Sam's Club and buying all the candy you can fit in your car!  Two carts full.  Calvin had a great time throwing in all the candy he could find.  It's a kid's dream!

The middle of May Grandpa and Aunt Nancy arrived.  We were all so's like the official beginning of the resort season!  We quickly got him into one of our new plaid shirts...

The new water whoosh and pyramid have been a huge hit on the lake with the kids!   

 The former Lodgemaster decided to revisit his fly fishing days now that he's retired.  He has been out several times....he walks right into the lake and catches bluegill one after another!

Nathan had summer school in June.  One day his class went to the nursing home and he got to visit Vivian Helgeson.  Don and Vivian owned the resort before my parents....we were very close to them as kids so it was special for Nathan to meet her.

Dave and Mary and their family caught some huge fish when they were here! 

We had some special family time last week.  My dad's sister was still here, and his brother brought his wife and grand kids up for the week so my grandpa had all three of his kids here at once!  

Jillian is our resort social director.  She's always willing to head to the playground with kids or swim in the pool and lake.  She plays hard and sleeps hard.  It's quite a life.  

We have spent time with some amazing families this year.  Some old and some brand new.  We are having a great time living this resort life!  Would you like to join us sometime? Visit our website at!

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Year in Review...2016

     It's winter in Minnesota...which means the resort is closed until spring!  We started our 30th year at this great place on September 1st...and we ended our resort career on January 1st!  We are officially owners...but we will continue to be a part of the resort, because Jen & Marc & kids are the new owners!
They are excited to continue the traditions started many years ago by wonderful owners(not just us!).  Their kids are the perfect ages to have fun growing up at a resort...and sharing that fun with all the kids who will come on vacation!

2016 Season...
Great Grandpa arrived in May to spend the summer with us!  We were all excited!

The resort got a new sign...and a guest captured a beautiful photo!

The Lodgemaster built a new addition to the dock to accommodate the new pontoon!  Now there are 2 pontoons to enjoy by the hour, day or for the whole week!

A new playground welcomed the little ones to vacation!  It got plenty of use all summer long!

We have a standing joke at the resort about all the duck photos taken in the last 30 years...they all look the same, but the ducks provide lots of entertainment for the kids...and they aren't afraid of the resort dog!

Even the Lodgemaster gets to fish sometimes!  He caught this nice bass off the dock!

 Jillian fished with Grandpa the great...and caught a crappie!  But the memories are even better than the fishing!

Cabin 4 got a new kitchen...and a leveled floor!  A big improvement!

Give a kid a pile of new sand...and they'll play on it the entire week!  We didn't have to spread that sand around...the kids did it for us!

A new GaGa Ball court was added last was a hit for all ages!

This fisherman had a great story...a giant northern jumped right into his boat!

 Memories...wonderful memories in the last 30 years...and many more to be made!  We celebrate our retirement and welcome our kids as owners of this great place!  

God has blessed us with 30 years of wonderful guests who have become family to us!  We thank all of you for sharing your family vacations with us...and we look forward to the next generation at
Cedar Rapids Lodge!

Do you have your reservations for 2017?  There are still a few cabins open!  Check out the website for the latest openings...and come make memories with your family!

Jen & Marc will continue the traditions that have made Cedar Rapids Lodge such a great place!
We look forward to sitting and having coffee with all of you!
Happy New Year!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

2016 at Cedar Rapids Lodge

     We're back!  The blog, I mean!

     The 2016 season is in full swing at Cedar Rapids Lodge...and we're having a great time!  We have new guests, old guests...and the fun continues!  Lots of new at the resort's our story in photos!
A new dock system for the pontoons...yes, a new one added to the fleet!

My gardening partner this spring...she did an awesome job!

We celebrated this girlie's 3rd birthday over Memorial weekend...she's too fun!

A new playground joins the pirate ship and playhouse!

This week's project was building a gaga ball pit...look at all that experience!  From 12 years old to 95 years old!  We couldn't have finished it without all of them!
And here it is...ready for action!  Sand will be added soon!

The Lodgemaster just had to show how it's done...he caught this 20" bass off the dock this week!

We never tire of the rainbows over the flag...beautiful!!

A proud mount...John got this deer on the Elfun Trail last fall!  His first ever...but probably not his last!

And a blast from the old postcard that tells such a story of a wonderful vacation place!
Come see for yourself all the magic this place holds!  We'd love to share your vacation with you!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Summer 2015 Comes to an End!

     The best part of our 2015 resort season was that Steve's Dad, John, spent the entire summer with us!  We loved having him and he said there was a lot more going on at our house than there was at his!  He was such a blessing to have...and he says he's coming back next summer!  Yay!

We had an awesome summer...the weather was perfect...hardly any rain, but now we really need the moisture...I fear it will come in white flakes, but I think we'll take it!  The lake is low, but it usually fills back up in the spring.

August was a busy month with lots of fishing, swimming and pizzas in the lodge!  We scooped over 250 gallons of ice cream all summer long...cones, sundaes and those famous shakes!  You have to have ice cream everyday on vacation, right?

The end of August meant it was time to close up the pool for the season...
This dude was ready to beef the winter cover...

The cycle of a summer resort...pool closed until 2016!

September was a busy month, but we were able to slow down and enjoy other projects...

Jen & I tried our skills at crafting...and even sold a few things in the lodge!
I was able to go to our church's women's retreat in September at Camp Shamineau...
We celebrated this lady's birthday one morning at camp!  What a wonderful time...I already 
look forward to next year!

I finally took time to teach this little girl to sew...she was a fast learner!  She continued
to sew long after I went home and produced a barbie sleeping bag, pillow, Halloween tablerunner 
for her Mommy...and a small quilt for her bed...she's hooked and her Nana is loving that!

The Lodgemaster took a chair building class with some other resort owners...and
we all love it!  I ordered 13 more, but not sure I'll get was a day long project!

I found lots of time in September to sit and sew in the lodge...finished the bindings
on several quilts that sat untouched all summer long!  Quilting is my winter passion!

This little cutie came to visit in October and made her own pizza!!

Her Daddy shot a grouse, but she was not crazy about holding it for a picture!

We went to Chandler Farms to enjoy a beautiful fall day...riding horses, 
hay rack ride, hay bales maze, was a great time!

We ended our season with breathtaking sunsets...night after night!  We never
tire of this view out our window...

We close the books on our 28th year at Cedar Rapids Lodge!  We look forward to a
restful winter...and we look forward to the 2016 resort season!  
We hope to see all of you again!