THE LAST RESORT





A Continuation of the 20 Years of
LBLR CHRONICLES
June 2018

This Year's Picture


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June 1st   This is June, the month of grass and leaves . . . already the aspens are trembling again, and a new summer is offered me. I feel a little fluttered in my thoughts, as if I might be too late. Each season is but an infinitesimal point. It no sooner comes than it is gone. It has no duration.
-- From the journal of Henry David Thoreau   (June 6, 1857)

Thoreau was only 39 years old when he penned those words. It seems like he was usually up-beat when he talked about nature, but other than the first sentence, this quotation strikes one as being a tad melancholy. Unfortunately, less than 5 years later, at the age of 44, he died.

Oh well, Happy June! Summer is coming.......though it won't last long after it gets here.
June 2nd   THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

June 26, 2005 entry (13 years ago):
Frosty and his group of Hoosier Fishermen arrived yesterday. Getting all those boats hooked up to their vehicles in the morning and then leaving together is quite a logistical problem, but getting them parked and unhooked when they all return at the same time is even tougher. Click HERE.

Some additional notes about Frosty:
Frosty's group is notable for a couple of reasons. First of all, they're one of the few current groups who were LBLR customers before I bought it, and secondly, they're the only group which contains several members who are about as old as I am. They have not been "every year" customers but they've been close to that, and once, after not hearing from them for awhile I tried to contact Frosty, but I was unsuccessful. Then before I went to bed on December 11, 2013 I updated the Chronicles entry for the next day to read "Hey Frosty Featherstone.......where are you???? Your old phone number doesn't work, I don't know your "real" first name, I don't know what town you live in, and there are too many Featherstones in Indiana. If you see this (or if anyone who knows him sees this) please contact me. Nothing important.......it has just been a long time since we've chatted.". It worked.......by 9:00 AM the next morning I receive a phone call Frosty.
June 3rd   Yesterday was the start of what used to be called "The Charles City Invasion". If you remember, it was a period in which the resort was totally filled (all six cabins for two consecutive weeks) with people from Charles City, Iowa and the surrounding area. This has been going on for years and the ring-leaders of the group were Monica & Tim Bluhm. You should recognize those names.......they are the current owners of LBLR. I don't know what's going on up there now for these two weeks, but I suspect more of the same. How's it going up there you guys?
June 4th   What is emptying Deb's hummingbird feeder every night? I know that bats are the main suspects in a situation like this, but neither of us have ever seen a bat in this area.......and that never happened at LBLR where there definitely were bats. I suspect that racoons or possums are the culprits but there is no real evidence that it's either of those, and there has been no damage to the feeder. Unfortunately my trail cam is in a box in a storage building and it would be nearly impossible to find. Sigh.......
June 5th   Some kids have it made.......one week fishing at LBLR, the next week fishing in Florida. I'm referring to Parker B. Last week he and his Dad (Dave) were fishing at LBLR (see the May 27th Chronicles entry) and this week Parker is fishing in Destin, Florida. Click HERE.
D-Day   I must go back to Normandy
to look out upon the sea,
Where once a great armada
carried troops, including me.

I must go back to Omaha
to walk along the shore,
and let my mind go back in time
to when there was a war.

When I go back I know I’ll mourn,
and shed some tears and feel the pain.
But I must go back and reminisce,
and think, and pray for those who there remain.

For they, too, were out upon that sea,
and then they died in Normandy.
Now from their graves above the shore,
they’ll keep their watch out on that sea, forever more.

I must go back to Normandy,
and, with them, once more,
look out upon that sea.
          -- Sergeant Frank J. Wawrynovic, (1917-2005)

Sergeant Wawrynovic landed on Omaha Brach on D-Day with C Company of the First Battalion, 115th Regiment, 29th Division. On June 17, he was wounded while scouting ahead of the American line in an orchard near the Norman city of St. Lô. He was evacuated, hospitalized for nearly two years, and discharged with a medical disability. After the war he returned to school and had a successful business career. Over the years he and his wife, Stella, gave very generous support to a variety of charities and non-profit organizations, including Normandy Allies. Many years after the war, his thoughts returned to that episode, leading him to write the poem shown above. He died in 2005, and his wife followed him in 2013.
June 8th
thru June 11th  
Nada.......
June 12th   Except for the "Thanks for the Memories" entries, I don't think I can do this without the resort. Sigh.......
June 13th   THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

September 6, 1999 entry (19 years ago):
Thanks to Tracie, Jeff, and all the members of Traverski (from Rochester) for filling the resort this weekend. A great time was had by all!!!!!! Note to Traverski members: If someone would send me the group picture you took, I'd show it here.

Some additional notes about Traverski:
Eventually I did get a picture from one of the members (click HERE to see it). Beginning in 1994, Traverski (a Rochester based Ski Club), filled the resort every Labor Day weekend. They water skied all day long, attended the annual Bluesfest at Jackpine Junction in the evening, and then sat around the fire pit till the wee hours of the morning......and, of course, did the same thing the next day. When the tradition started, the club consisted mostly of single people in their early 30s and the weekend involve no kids. Over the years the group got older, kids began to come on the scene, and the tradition of Labor Day Weekend at LBLR died. Then in 2013 part of the group returned to LBLR for a reunion and some reminiscing about the old days (click HERE, and notice that almost 1/3 of the group are kids of the original members). Again in 2016 a subset of the old group spent the weekend at LBLR. Click HERE to see their "out on the lake" pizza party. Thanks to Tracie and Jeff for being the organizers all those years.
Flag Day   This is a neat picture but I don't think it ever made the Chronicles. It's a sunrise through the living room window in Cabin 2, and it's from two summers ago. Click HERE to see it.
June 15th   Happy Birthday Deb!!!!!!
June 16th   Do you remember this picture of Jackie (Deb's 1st cousin), me, and Nathan, from four years ago? Click HERE. Recently Deb and I attended a memorial service for Jackie, who died a month ago......we'll miss her. And by the way, Nathan (the wine loving chicken) was also in attendance.
June 17th   Not one.....not two.....but three of these guys (actually, they were probably girls) were in Deb's little backyard yesterday.......that's not unlike LBLR at this time of the year. Click HERE.
June 18th   There is a fine line between fishing, and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.
-- Steven Wright (circa 1990)

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