At the beginning of August I flew home to see my family in Minnesota. Every summer we make a point of getting the entire immediate family up to my parent’s cabin, a place we frequently visited in the summer growing up. My family still visits it all summer, but I can only make it up once a year because of my residence here in California. 🙂 It’s literally my favorite place on Earth. There’s no road access, you have to boat across the lake. No wifi, cell reception, or electricity. My parents bought a few solar panels in the last five years so those help us out quite a bit. Before that it was strictly propane. All this is to say it’s very removed from society and is an oasis when you’re looking to unplug and enjoy some time in nature.
These photos are far from perfect, but they’re honest. And that’s why I love them. They’re filled with genuine emotion and an authentic experience. No one is dressed up, that’s not who my family is. My family is a t-shirt and jeans kind of family (or t-shirt and sweatpants, let’s be honest). Worn out baseball hats, free MN State Fair sunglasses, old college t-shirts, hand me downs, hand me overs, cool thrift shop finds. We never really got family photos taken growing up, but thankfully we have drawers upon drawers filled with old disposable camera prints from our childhood. That’s what I want my future kids to have, tangible memories they can dig through in one reliable location. Blog posts are helpful, too. 🙂 But a print pack is in order for my favorites from this cabin visit.
In a nutshell, a cabin visit consists of cheese and crackers for happy hour, dog hair galore, sheet covered couches and mismatched bedsheets, saunas, hot tubs, fishing outings, jumping off the pontoon in the middle of the lake, board games, fresh food, cliff jumping, playing fetch with the dogs, swimming, chopping and hauling woods, reading, pumping water, doing dishes, cleaning fish, and lots of naps. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I’ll let the photos tell the story now. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post where you can find a link to my family’s cabin visit two years ago. <3 (I was lazy and didn’t make a post from last year, hahaha.)