The Endless Summer


The summer started last year with an idea, continued in January with research, and really got rolling in March with the purchase of my Dad's 1998 Chevy Malibu. The car has been my trusted aid and has also kept my deceased father close to my heart. I have now traveled over 30,000 miles, at first in search of and later to photograph and write about some of the remaining great family resorts in Minnesota.

The properties highlighted in this remarkable book, Resorts of Minnesota, run from the Iowa border to the Northwest Angle and from the Prairie Pothole Region of western Minnesota to the North Shore. It involved workdays that began at 3AM and ended at midnight. I can still remember sharing pizza with one resort owner 'til a half hour before midnight and then driving over three hours to get home. It has been a highly caffeinated summer.

I went into this project with some preconceived ideas of what resorts are and what resorting entails. In my mind a resort had about ten log-sided cabins with fourteen foot Lunds for rent on a lake somewhere in north central Minnesota. Since starting this project I have found resorts with no cabins, resorts in southern Minnesota, and even resorts without a lake in the county.


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Slaying 'Eyes - Walleye Fishing With Chad Benson on Cass Lake


Shortly after I graduated high school in Bemidji I was walking down the aisle of Food 4 Less on Paul Bunyan Drive (where Gander Mountain is today). I struck up a conversation with Chad Benson, a young man stocking shelves. He had an incredibly humble and pleasant nature. It turned out that he had a room for rent, which was fortuitous, as I was looking for a place.

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