Oh the stories behind this place... my grandparents bought this resort in 1992. They moved up north two hours from the twin cities and one year later in '93, my parents moved us up from the cities as well. We lived in the main house of the resort with my grandparents for 4 short months before my parents bought the property they still own today. When I read today's prompt the idea that stood out the most was the part of what takes us back to our childhood. This resort was a big part of it! It first brought us out of the busy city life into a much more relaxed and laid back life... The work that was done at this resort is also a big part of my childhood. That camo structure on the right of the photo was built by us back in '93!! We had a different paint job back then but when I visited today, it brought tears to my eyes to see it still standing and STILL camo!! My brother and I would make friends with the kids that came to stay at the resort and we would spend countless hours in that fort. Then run down to the lake and swim and play and then right back to the fort. We were allowed to write on the walls of that fort and guests would leave their happy memories there too. I didn't ask tonight if they still allowed that.
I haven't visited this place since my grandparents sold it in 2001 and I only live 18 miles away! The biggest change is that the main house (not pictured) became two rentable cabins on the upper level and the lower level, which used to be a two car garage, became the living quarters of the current owners.
The three cabins pictured were my first job. For many summers, I would work side-by-side with my grandma cleaning them between renters. It's how I saved up and bought my first car.
I know it's not "seaside" but "lakeside" is more appropriate for me today. Living in the land of 10,000 lakes I knew I would have many opportunities to get a pretty image ~ but I needed this meaningful one today. I am missing my grandparents lately (both passed in 2001). I think they would be surprised to see how much is still the same here. There is even a swing down by the lake that my grandpa made a cement pad for where he and I would sit and watch sunsets together. (The current owners have a very similar swing there today). The lake saw many happy floating hours with my grandma... for 9 years this is where we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is where I would spend the night on weekends just to spend time with them... these years are the first years that I really remember growing up.