Of all the places I have traveled, my favorite place of all can be found Up North. A tiny town on a beautiful lake, hours on the boat spent with family, home cooked meals, what more could a girl ask for? I’ve written about Maiden Lake before, but this time I will let the photos do (most of) the talking.
Picture this: A gravel driveway leads to a picturesque cabin perched on a hill overlooking a beautiful lake. The front door leads to a homey kitchen flanked by a bedroom, bathroom and living room, all of which are cozy as can be. At the back of the first floor is a fairly new screened in porch, perfect for catching a glimpse of the true blue lake below or snagging a quick cat nap. Above and below the first floor are more beds to sleep the multitude of house guests that flock to this Midwest Paradise.
From the porch, a thin stone-lined path leads down to a semi-private cove of Maiden Lake; the trees swaying in the light breeze flash views of the cobalt water as you move down the path. Once at the shoreline, the lazy waves from the speedboats racing by lap at the rocks, creating a unique melody.
In the early morning, before the speed boats are allowed to create a wake, the lake is perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming across. The water is calm and it’s glassy surface perfectly reflects the sky above. You could paddle into the center of the lake and almost feel like you’re the only person around.
Once the boat is loaded with all the chips, dips, snacks and booze it can carry,we cruise around the lake, tubing and water-skiing. This was the first year ever that I was able to get up on the skis and take a few turns around the lake. It was exhausting and so gratifying.
In the middle of the day, when the sun is especially hot, we anchor on an edge of the lake to mix the cocktails and go for a swim. The water in Maiden Lake is as clean and cool as they come. The neighbors’ boats circle around the lake as we watch, riding out the waves they make while we talk and laugh and dive into the water to cool off.
The evening activities typically include wine by the lake, sunset cruising, delicious meals, boat parades and perhaps some fireworks. Whatever we choose to do, it is always relaxing and revolves around enjoying the cabin and the lake.
Every year that we make the trip Up North, it seems that I want to stay longer and longer. You can’t beat the peacefulness, the fresh air, the hours spent out on the water… I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, I can’t wait until next year.