That's all she wrote (for this year, anyway)


We were up early and like other years, I was treated to a beautiful sunrise. We packed up the car, said “goodbye” to the lake, and hit the road by 7:15 a.m. We stopped for breakfast about an hour and half down the road at a truck stop/restaurant Dad had remembered from another trip home. We loved the huge pancakes, and the food and service were good (although somewhat pricey).


The drive was long and uneventful, and we arrived in DeMotte at 7:45 p.m. We stayed overnight at Mom and Dad’s and after attending church with them, we drove home. Although I already miss the lake, there’s no place like home and it’s good to be here.


As I've done with every Lake Log before this, I end with a recap of 2019:

Dates: June 28 thru July 13 This was our 15th year at Cass Lake, our 14th at Birch Villa Resort.

People who vacationed with us: Both weeks – Tom, Linda, Mom & Dad K (cabin 7, BV); Paul, Melissa, Tommy, Benjamin & Elle (cabin 6, BV); Roy, Deb, Luke, Kara, Erin & Leah (cabin 5, BV).

1st week only- Bill, Beth, Nicole, William, Elise & Zach (cabin 1, BV); Tom & Barb (Melissa’s parents)

Cabin #7, our home away from home.

Cabin #7, our home away from home.

Price of gas: $2.59 - $2.79. We drove Mom and Dad’s Buick Enclave with our bike rack and 2 bikes.

Total number of fish caught: 125 (85 perch, 34 rock bass, 2 crappie, 3 walleye, 1 northern). We ate 31 of those over 2 meals. Total frozen fish: 94 (66 perch, 24 rock bass; 2 crappie, and 2 walleye) divided between us (12 bags) and Mom and Dad (7 bags).

Restaurants we ate at: C.K. Dudley's (Bemidji), Zorbaz (Park Rapids), Ruttger's (Bemidji), Turtle River Chop House (Turtle River/Bemidji), and Bar 209 (Bemidji)

Biking: Tom biked 368 miles. I biked 126 miles. We biked around Pike Bay on the Migizi trail, around Lake Bemidji, around Cass Lake, and to Zorbaz in Park Rapids (I biked from Walker, Tom from Cass Lake). Tom also road a 75-mile loop on the Heartland Trail from Cass Lake to Walker to Bemidji and back to Cass.

Church Attended: Evangelical Free Church of Bemidji

Other activities: Mall of America, shopping in Walker, Paul Bunyan and Babe, movie in Bemidji (Toy Story 4), kayaking, the game Tellestrations, 3 jigsaw puzzles (1 group effort, 2 by Dad).

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