Monday, March 5, 2018

Winter Update!

Goal #1 for 2018 (starting now): Try to update the blog more!  We'll see how that goes.

The big news for this winter is the construction of the new cabin 9!  When it's done it will be a duplex with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on each side.  When it first went up we could not get over how HUGE it looked.  I pulled in the driveway after school one day and my mouth just dropped open.  I thought, "What have we done?!"  

Since then we've gotten used to it and with each step it blends in a little more....or maybe we're just getting used to it!

I have a few pictures of the inside...they're a little hard to see, but at least it's something!

This cabin will be handicap accessible, so we're pretty excited about that.  The first floor will have one bedroom and a large bathroom with a shower and a sink you can roll right up to.  Building a cabin is fun, but the best part will be showing it to our guests each week!  We can't wait to share it with you!

The winter has been long, but so busy.  With three kids, the fun never ends! 

Jillian participated in History Day and studied Pocahontas.  She learned to put information in her own words, and even write a bibliography.  She loved it!

Marc and Calvin had a really fun basketball season.  Lots and lots of games, but Calvin never gets sick of it.  His highest scoring game this year was 17 points!  He had a blast.

Nathan stayed really busy too, but judging from my phone you would think all he ever does is take crazy selfies....

This time of year, as they are predicting yet ANOTHER SNOW STORM, we start dreaming of summer.  We're dreaming of....

big fish

the pool

 PIE (and Gramps)

playing in the water

and beautiful flowers!

If you don't have a reservation for this summer and you'd like one...give us a call!  800-233-8562 or check out our website...
If you do have a reservation, we CAN'T WAIT to see you!
Come on summer!

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!