When the weather’s nice, rhe family gravitates to the water. Sailing, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, jumping from the water trampoline “its all about the lake,” declares John.
In the heart of summer, the Lorentzens boat to Bear Island, anchoring on the soft sugar-sand beach. The kids play catch with Burdie, the family’s two-year-old golden retriever, while the adults unload a picnic lunch.
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The family also holds a fish fry every summer. The tradition started decades earlier when Auggie introduced Jane, her brothers, and their cousins to fishing with long cane poles. “He was very patient, even when we got hooked in the head with fishhooks, she recalls. “When we came back later, our parents met us in the harbor w’ith their Super 8 cameras to film us with our loot.”
These days, new traditions are forged year-round at the cabin. John enjoys duck and grouse hunting in the fall. Winter promises ice fishing and miles of exercise on cross-country ski trails. Some years, the Lorentzens attend the International Eelpout Festival held in February in nearby Walker, Minnesota. Named for one of the ugliest bottom-dwelling fish, the festival is like a “frozen Mardi Gras,” says Jane.
Of course, every day at the lake is a celebration. Jane still recalls that first morning in the new cabin. She was making breakfast when the pitter-patter of feet came from the loft. The click of the gate unlatching was followed by the sound of little campers sliding down the brass fire pole. “When their feet hit the floor, the party had begun,” says Jane. “We have a love for this place that’s hard to describe.”
The floor of the cabin comes from the Iowa barn’s exterior. The fireplace is made of the lake’s stone, and the mantel is fashioned from a barn beam, as is the dining room trestle table.
Imagine all the fun of summer camp, only with comfy beds and dcccnt bathrooms. I hat’s television one family had for their vacation home on Norris Lake near the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The cabins design, by Daryl Johnson ot Johnson Architecture in Knoxville, partners with the land s natural beauty to recreate a grown-up version of the traditional camp experience.
”1 was excited about the project, and dial radiated back to the client.’ Johnson says. “It took us out of the realm of our normal design process and let us play.
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