None of us ever tired of the vacations at the lake. In fact, even as I write this, 68 years after my first visit to Bear Lake, we are having a family reunion at the Turtle Flambeau (Flowage) this September weekend in 1999. All of our six kids and their families including our 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren will be there.
The early vacations at Bear Lake were just one week, and usually our reservation was in June when the fishing was good. The big 2-story log cabin 29 miles from the nearest town was well furnished and comfortable. This was at the end of the road and there were no neighbors around the lake then. So it was quiet and isolated.
In those early years, electricity had not yet reached that far and that presented a refrigeration problem. Grandpa Blum and Uncle Paul tried various ideas to generate power. Because it was not always successful, we packed accordingly and pioneered it for a week with canned goods and a crate of live chickens for fresh meat!
Our packing list for just one week was enough to fill a trailer — especially the years when we needed diapers (no disposables then).
Did I say "vacation"? (It got better!)
excerpted from my grandmother's 2001 memoir, "A Look Back"
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The Blum Cabin at the Flowage viewed from the island
It's June 1st and I've been thinking of my grandparents. June was their month at the cabin! We would usually visit sometime in June, too.
Vicki and Great Grandpa Sutton near the boat house on the island
…to be continued.