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You may have noticed we haven’t posted anything lately.  Well, that’s because this past weekend we were forced to go on vacation.  The horror!  Well, what really happened was that back in December, months before we would buy this house, we bought a Groupon for an overnight stay at a resort called Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN.  That coupon expired on April 1st, so we had no choice but to go.

(warning: only click “more” if you want to see lame vacation photos)

The lake on which Chase on the Lake sits is Leech Lake.  We drove up four hours north up to the resort on Sunday, arriving around 2:30.  We had gotten a room upgrade (long story), and were very pleasantly surprised at our room:

Living room with fireplace and balcony looking out at Leech Lake.

Full kitchen and dining room... although we had no food to cook.

The view from our balcony. It was overcast both days, but still pretty.

The room actually had two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a king bed.  So much more extravagant than the two of us are used to!  After settling in, we took a stroll around Walker, which is a cute, rural town that reminded me why I like rural towns.  Fun fact: you can review the ten commandments on the front doors of the Cass County courthouse!

The Groupon also included dinner at the resort restaurant, so we came back to the hotel, dressed up and went downstairs.  We managed to snag the last table in the restaurant, as there were two separate extended families celebrating birthdays there.  As we ate dinner, we watched out the window as a guy with balls of steel drove his pickup truck out onto the lake (it was 40 degrees F out at the time) to go ice fishing.

On Monday, we checked out and then went out to do some geocaching.  If you’re not aware of the term, geocaching (pronounced “geo cash ing”) is an activity that involves hiking, GPS navigation and trinkets that strangers leave behind.  Sound weird?  It’s actually pretty fun.  Basically, it is all centered around the website  First, we looked up caches near the hotel.  I input the coordinates of those caches into the GPS device I bought last year, and then off we went.  The caches we were looking for were put there by other geocachers who placed a box with some trinkets in it in a specific spot, logged the exact coordinates, and then put it up on the website for others to find.  They are usually along trails, in parks, or near points-of-interest.  We managed to find three caches, and some other cool things along the way:

Three swans and a Canadian goose near the boat landing where we parked.

A beaver was here. We saw a ton of beaver lodges on the drive, which was very cool for city-slickers like us.

Found one! Sometimes caches have themes, so this one was a "winter" cache.

Paul and Leigh walking around in the woods.

A very fun (and well-deserved) vacation indeed.  On Monday evening, we got right back to work once we got back into the Cities, me doing a bit of raking the yard and Paul taking a few more measurements for his building plan.  This week, Paul hopes to finish his measurements so he’ll be one step closer to submitting his plans for the city permitting process.  Since it started snowing today, I’ll be back in the house doing the last of the plaster and insulation clean-up.  Paul should be posting in the next day or so, so check back often!

About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on March 23, 2011, in Not House-Related and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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