All Natural Cleaners at Little Boy Resort

It is our last week in Florida before heading back to the resort.  We are so excited to get back and start preparing the cabins and everything for our guests.

I have done a lot this winter with essential oils; reading and researching the benefits for health, body, environment, and cleaning.  I have found a passion for it and it is so fun to experiment with different blends.

The first thing of the day and the last thing before bed that I do and love is diffusing different essential oils. Depending on how we are feeling helps me to decide what blend of oils I will use. Purification, lavender, eucalyptus and joy are some that I use frequently.

My favorite diffuser

This week I am making different things for the resort.  Products that you will find in the cabins when you arrive.

I am so excited I wanted to share them with you.

A favorite of mine is the pillow and sheet spray, this is just a freshener that helps calm the mind and body and prepares for a good night sleep. However, most people naturally sleep well when coming to the north woods and find it naturally calming.

In the bathroom, you will find a foaming hand soap that is gentle and toxin free. That means no dried out hands and safe fore everyone. This one I am playing with different scents, so if you have a favorite, be sure to let us know, I would be happy to make you a special blend.

In the kitchen you will have a surface cleaner and disinfectant spray. Non-toxic cleaners keep the air you breathe clean. This I have been making with the scent of lemon, but also might mix it up a bit.

And a hand sanitizer spray for you to use in the cabin, boat, inside or out. Non-toxic cleaners don’t harm the environment, so it is safe around the fish. You will love the smell of this with essential oils like; tea tree, orange, clove and cinnamon.

The best part of all of this is that they are toxin free, using all environmentally safe ingredients for your health and mine.

With all the cleaning me, my family, and staff do each week in our cabins and around the resort we need to be more careful and make better choices in the products we use.  No more inhaling toxic cleaners while I clean the bathrooms, no more bleach for anyone to breathe. I have learned many great facts and dangers of the products we have used in the past, I will not do that anymore.  I want a safe, healthy and clean environment for everyone.

We are looking forward to a great summer at Little Boy Resort.

Ingredients used in each

Pillow and Sheet Spray Chamomile essential oil, lavender essential oil, and distilled water

Foaming Hand Soap Castile soap, Young Living Thieves essential oil, lemon essential oil, and distilled water

Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant Spray Lemon essential oil, orange essential oil, distilled vinegar, and distilled water

Hand Sanitizer Spray Tea tree, orange, clove and cinnamon essential oils with witch hazel and distilled water

Items Needed

Amber Glass Pump Bottles

Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Liquid Soap

Humphreys Witch Hazel

Young Living Essential Oils

  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Thieves essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil

Day Trip to Duluth

Whether you are visiting Minnesota on vacation or you live here in this beautiful state, Duluth should be on everyones list to visit as many times as possible. Duluth is filled with history, beautiful sights, and some delicious food. Not to mention it makes a perfect day trip from Little Boy Resort if you are looking for something to do.

Keep reading to find out some of my favorite activities and restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota!

Must See

Glensheen Mansion

Step back in time as you immerse yourself in this beautiful estate that was home to the Congdon family. The home was completed in 1908, sits on 12-acres, has 39 rooms and is home to beautiful wood carvings, furniture, paintings and so much more!
Chester and Clara Congdon were a very influential family known for opening up iron mining in the North Shore region and setting aside land for public use, such as North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park.
There were so many items that were original to the Congdon family that still live in the house! Chester’s top hat and suit are laid out on the bed, letters written by Clara sit in the hallway, sheets are perfectly stacked in the linen closet, and so much more!

Some fun facts we learned along to way
1. Elisabeth Congdon (last living child of Chester) was murdered in the house at 83 years old.
2. Marjorie Congdon had married Roger Caldwell (who killed Elisabeth) moved to Arizona after her mother’s death. She was later charged with fraud and arson in 1992.
3. The vegetables produced in the garden get donated to the local food bank.
4. Glensheen is owned by the University of Minnesota.
5. Chester only spent 8 years in his home before passing away from a heart attack in 1916.

We highly recommend visiting the most popular museum in Minnesota! Tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for kids (prices may vary depending on the time of year). You can purchase your tickets online or buy them at the ticket office when you arrive. There are tour options however, we recommend doing the self guided tour, downloading the app (iOS or Android) and listening to the audio tour as you walk through the 3 story mansion.

Directions to Glensheen Mansion: 3300 London Road Duluth, MN 55804

Enger Park and Tower

This tower is a short drive from downtown and has my favorite view of the city! Take the Skyline Drive Scenic Byway, overlooking the harbor, up to the park.

This small park has so much to explore. I always start by heading towards the harbor. There is a beautiful pavilion perfect for a picnic. There are also cliffs that are perfect for basking in the sunshine and enjoying the view. Follow the trail through the woods and you will come into the Japanese garden with beautiful flowers, a peace bell, and calming atmosphere. DO NOT MISS THE TOWER. It is definitely worth the climb. The five story tower has 360 views of the surrounding areas; St. Lous River, Lake Superior and the harbor, Spirit Mountain, and a local golf course.

For the short time I lived in Duluth, Enger Park was my favorite place to get away and relax!

Directions to Enger Park: 16th Avenue West & Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN 55806

Canal Park and Aerial Lift Bridge

Canal Park is home to the lift bridge, the light house, shops, restaurants and so much more! The Aerial Lift Bridge was originally constructed in 1905. The bridge is 386 feet long and spans the canal entrance to Duluth Harbor.

Canal Park and the Aerial Lift Bridge never get old! Every time I venture to Duluth I make sure to take in the beautiful sight of the lift bridge which makes the Duluth Skyline so visually attractive. Don’t forget to skip some rocks into Lake Superior while you watch the ships come into the harbor.

If you don’t feel like walking along the rocky beach in Canal Park, head over to Park Point. This beautiful sandy beach along Lake Superior is perfect for an afternoon stroll, a picnic, or just a little exploring.

Directions to Canal Park: 601 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802

Honorable Mentions

Great Lakes Aquarium: The only aquarium in the U.S. that focuses on freshwater exhibits. This three-story waterfront structure has interactive exhibits and re-created habitats.

Spirit Mountain: More than a winter destination! In the summer, Sprit Mountain has amazing views, great mountain biking, and an Alpine coaster. Also, a great place to ski and snowboard in the winter.

Lester Park: Has great hiking trails through the woods and along streams. Get outside and enjoy a little piece of Duluth heaven.

Must Eat

Duluth Grill

The BEST restaurant around and it was featured on Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Once you step inside you feel at home. It has a diner vibe that is decorated with local artists. I can’t forget the hard working servers and very talented kitchen staff!
They serve local and fresh food with flavors and combinations you can’t get anywhere else! The grill prides themselves in serving homemade comfort food with many diet options available, desserts, espresso and more! And Duluth Grill serves the entire menu all day long.

Recommendations:
1. Korean Soyoli Sprouts: Fried Brussel sprouts tossed in Korean BBQ, drizzled with soyoli sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and lime.
2. Drunken Noodles: Fresh ramen noodles, stir fried with seasoned beef, pork, ginger, bean sprouts, garlic, kimchi, carrots, topped with cilantro, avocado, pickled chilies, fresh lime, soyoli and egg.
3. Salmon Salad: Fresh greens topped with OMC Smokehouse smoked salmon, havarti dill cheese, fresh cilantro, pico de gallo, fresh avocado, brined onions, bell peppers, with roasted red pepper vinaigrette.

Other Delicious Options:
Burrito Bowl: Cilantro lime wild rice, spicy beans, corn, pico de gallo, sautéed onions, peppers, cheese, mojo sauce topped with sour cream, guacamole, fresh cilantro and Gerber Amish chicken.
Rancheros Skillet: Hashbrowns, fried tortilla, fresh pico de gallo, grilled corn, black beans, cheese, two organic eggs, mojo sauce, sour cream, guacamole.

Tips:
1. Ask for the recipe to your favorite dish. They love sharing!
2. Duluth Grill can get quite busy but it is definitely worth the wait. I recommend using their digital waitlist.

Directions to Duluth Grill: 118 S 27th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe

Locally influenced comfort food. Unique beer, wine, and cocktails. Onsite vegetable gardens. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of how awesome this cafe is.
The mission at the cafe is to create a farm to table restaurant, pay attention to where and who the food comes from, and how it is handled. They are very community oriented and make you feel at home when you join them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Recommendations:
1. Buttermilk Pancake: Served with maple syrup & maple mascarpone
2. Wild Rice Sausage Benedict: Yker acres wild rice sausage, poached eggs, english muffin, house-made hollandaise, served with fruit salad
3. Breakfast Tacos: Two tacos with choice of ham, bacon, sausage, or chorizo, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack & cheddar cheese blend, pico do Gallo, radish, cilantro, corn tortilla, served with home fries
**If you notice I have only been for brunch but it is too delicious not to share!
Things I want to try:
1. Thai Curry: Vegetable medley, coconut milk, red curry, brown rice, fresh lime, cilantro, sesame seed (available with tofu, chicken, shrimp)
2. Pecan Chicken: Pecan-encrusted chicken breast, cranberry-peach chutney, creamy brie, open-faced Duluth’s best croissant
3. Korean Beef Tacos: Two bulgogi beef tacos, kimchi, fish sauce, sambal-aioli, gomasio-seasoned french fries

Directions to At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe: 1902 E 8th St, Duluth, MN 55812

Loves Creamery

Best ice cream in town with local and organic ingredients! Love Creamery has been open since 2014.

All ice cream and sorbets are made in small batches using local ingredients. They offer vegan options and most flavors are gluten free. All ice cream is made onsite! Not to mention, handcrafted flavors change with the season. Some staples stay around like mint chocolate chip, vanilla, and chocolate.

Recommendations:
1. Goat Cheese and Cherry: THE BEST! Yes it sounds weird, but trust me you need to try it!
2. Mint Chocolate Chip: Fresh mint flavor with flaky chocolate chunks
3. Sea Salt Carmel: Delicious creamy Carmel with just enough sea salt
4. Limoncello: Very lemony and creamy

Directions to Loves Creamery: 1908 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806

Honorable Mentions

Taco Arcada: 1902 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
OMC Smokehouse: 1909 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota 55806
Vitta Pizza: 307 Canal Park Dr, Duluth, Minnesota 55802
New London Cafe: 4721 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55804

This list doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the fun things to do around Duluth. We have named some of our favorite activities and places to eat! We will have to get into hiking adventures another time.

Let us know your favorite place to go to while you are in Duluth!

2019 in Review

A Season of Memories

This year the resort celebrates 90 years.  We had multiple guests that have been coming to Little Boy Resort for 50 plus years or came back to visit and reminisce about coming as a child.  Sharing memories and pictures, and giving us items from the ’60s for us to add to our history collection. Every guest has a story, and it warms my heart to hear the part of how Little Boy Resort holds so many memories and pieces to that story.  

 

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Our hope for all that visit is that they can add to their story many great memories.  We had families come together for reunions coming from all parts of the US. CA, NC, FL, OR and others, it is an honor they choose us as their central gathering place.  Something else that touches my heart is the guests that have been coming each year and cherish the friends that they have made at LBR. And my kids, how these guests have become part of their life, growing up with them for the past 15 years, now going to weddings, celebrating their first babies, wow!  Unbelievable how time has passed but in reality, when you think of all that has happened, it could only be possible if you had that time. 

Soggy Season!

Seems like every year brings a new experience, this year rain, lots of rain.  The lake has been very high all summer making for some tough fishing, changed the weed growth and water temperature.  We had a cooler than normal summer, but for the most part, all of our guests got some warm sunny days.

Little Boy Resort

This year brought a few new changes, one that has made this easier on Troy, and that we were able to get some things done that were on the “to-do list”. Tim, our new addition to the resort team, has been wonderful in helping get cabins and decks painted, new roofs, new flooring, and just keeping up with the mowing and trimming.  We added a new slide on the beach and replaced the Bongo. Made relaxing a bit more comfy with some new furniture and beds in some of the cabins. Bears Den cabin has been a hit, a nice addition to LBR, we added a 2nd shower in the upstairs bath, changed up the beds a little bit and put a new dock with a boat lift right next to their own little beach.  Loved by all that came to visit.

Sunset Cabins on Lake Wabedo

These 4 little cabins have been great. Just the necessities, a sandy little beach, a few water toys, good fishing and beautiful sunsets. We are happy to offer these semi-modern cabins for those who enjoy exactly that.  “Peaceful and relaxing” is a common comment. We did add a little playground for those that bring their littles.

Loren Family Life for 2019

 

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Jordan, along with her boyfriend Robert stayed at the resort until February when they moved to Apple Valley. It has been wonderful having Jordan around the resort this summer when she was able to make it up! This summer they also traveled to Colorado for Robert’s brother’s wedding and some adventuring! Jordan is working remotely for UNATION, an event marketing company based in Tampa. Robert started working at Verizon in February and is loving his new position.

Dillon is about to start his fourth year in real estate in Houston.  He has been able to visit and help around the resort a lot more this year.  His most recent trip to Minnesota he helped close down the resort for winter. This fall Dillon was also able to spend time in the Northwoods bow hunting and was able to get a nice doe.

For Troy and I, we enjoy our time in Florida in the winter, playing golf, biking, long strolls on the beach and exploring Florida. My kids do not need much, so they decided they would rather do a family vacation instead of getting gifts for Christmas, so we started a new family tradition; “Loren Family Christmas Vacation”.  Our first was in December we went on a 5-day cruise out of Tampa. However, because of the fog, we could not leave port on time so we missed out on one-stop, but our Cozumel stop was 1 ½ days. The weather was great along with sightseeing and snorkeling. Troy and I went on a few other winter vacations with some Resorter friends and with other friends from Longville. We had beautiful weather and a wonderful time fishing and kayaking.

On April 1st, we headed home by way of Texas for a little visit with Dillon and friends then on to Minnesota, only to wake up the 1st morning to 12” of snow. 😦 

So as you might expect, I am looking forward to our trip to Florida in the last week of November.  And our “Christmas Vacation” with the kids.

My hope for you is that you have a wonderful winter, cherish each moment…

Enjoy life, enjoy your family, make memories and most of all have fun!

Hooked on Resorting and Adventures!

Troy, Nancy, Dillon & Jordan

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2018 in Review – Year 14

Winter –  What happened to fall?

This year has been one for the books. To start the season off, in April the lake was solid ice until the 20th when it started to soften it melted from the underside. By May 1st the bay was out to the beach and 4 days later – gone! Then had sunshine and 70’s before June. No spring!

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The summer was absolutely beautiful, perfect with sunshine, warm sandy beach, children laughing, families fishing and joy in my heart. To be the witness of it all, the memories are priceless.

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The summer brought families from, FL, TX, MO, IA, ID, CA and a few other states, we love to visit and hear the stories. Some have been coming for over 50 years, with many great memories of Little Boy.

NEW FISHING REGULATIONS went over well, very happy to report that we lost track of the catch and release total. Thanks to all of you great sportsmen and women, it will only help our lake and the fishing for years to come.

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Growing with the times

New upgrade on the WIFI, 5 secure locations throughout the resort.

Our newest cabin, Bears Den, located just north of the beach, “the cabin next door”, was a hit in 2018. There are pictures on the website and the availability is listed there also. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, and all the amenities of home. Outside grill, fire pit, dock, and a quiet little beach. Guests say “Our little piece of heaven for a week” “So quiet and the view is spectacular”.

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Sunset Cabins on Lake Wabedo

These 4 little cabins have been great. Just the necessities, a sandy little beach, a few water toys, good fishing, and beautiful sunsets. We are happy to offer these semi-modern cabins for those who enjoy exactly that.

Our Family Update

Our Texas boy, Dillon, is working hard in the real estate world. He was awarded “Agent of the Year” with Keller Williams. He made it home for 10 days the end of June & Oct. to visit with guests and help out around the resort. Jordan, along with her boyfriend Robert decided to move to MN this summer. It has been wonderful! She works remotely for UNATION, a company based in Tampa and helps out here when she can. Robert worked for us and at the One Stop, we are so fortunate to have them both here. For Troy and I, we enjoy our time in Florida in the winter, playing golf, biking, long strolls on the beach and exploring Florida. In April we did some hiking in the Smokey Mountains. Gatlinburg, TN is a beautiful piece of the USA.

As much as I do like to snowshoe and cross country ski, I am not happy to have snow and 30 degree days at the beginning of October. But, we will make the best of it and enjoy whatever comes our way.

AND FOR YOU…Enjoy life, enjoy your family, make memories and most of all have fun!

MAY YOUR HEARTS BE FILLED WITH LOVE & JOY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Hooked on Resorting, Troy, Nancy, Dillon & Jordan

 

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LITTLE BOY LAKE ICE OUT….or not?

We have been at Little Boy Resort for 14 years and never remember having a foot of snow this late in April.  So I did some looking back at photos to see what our Aprils have looked like.  

I came across some photos where it looks like all the snow melted and then we got anywhere from a dusting to 4”, only to last one day maybe two.  One year it was looking good until we got 5” on the Walleye opener in May, but that didn’t last long either.

Here are some of my findings since we have been on the lake.

Ice ON ICE OUT Days of ice

11/30/2006

4/22/2007

143

12/1/2007

5/6/2008

157

12/1/2008

4/23/2009

143

12/8/2009

4/2/2010

115

11/28/2010

4/28/2011

151

12/5/2011

3/27/2012

113

12/6/2012

5/13/2013

158

11/24/2013

5/1/2014

158

11/21/2014

4/12/2015

142

11/30/2015

4/4/2016

126

12/10/2016

4/5/2017

116

For this winter we are already over 150 days of ice.

Not much of a pattern, but I will add that in 2012 when it went out early that was the year of the big rain and flooding, so I don’t really want that either.  Not sure if there is a happy medium.  One thing I do know is, we don’t have much choice in the matter.  It is in the hands of Mother Nature.  When the ice goes out, the docks and boats go in!

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

Our recent visit to Washington DC .

It was one of those trips we kept putting off.  Why, no good reason really.  Our window to take vacations starts in November and goes through the winter until April 1st.

One of our guests at Little Boy Resort works at the Pentagon and was willing to get us a tour, he told us last summer that he wasn’t sure how long he might be there.  So we finally decided to book our trip.

We rented a room in Old Alexandria and followed his daily instructions aka “personal tour guide” on paper.  He laid out each day with what he thought we could manage and what made the most sense from our list of “must see places”.

In five days we visited the most popular monuments and historical sites.  Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, JFK, Martin Luther King and Lincoln Monuments.  Along with WWII, Vietnam and  Korean war memorials. Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon.  The White House and the Capital.  Whew, and quickly went through 4 of the Smithsonian’s.

We visited King Street in Old Alexandria and had Dinner with his family at their home in Fairfax.

We were so amazed at how all of these have been maintained, how close everything is together, and how convenient they make everything by way of the Metro system.

My thoughts on the “Most Amazing”  Arlington Cemetery; the precision of stone placement, the enormous amount of property with headstones covering every acre, the changing of the guards and the sense of peace and pride you feel as you walk about.

The Pentagon; you can not imagine the size of this place.  More people work inside than lived in my home town.  20,000 workers pace about, visit the dentist, get a hair cut, buy flowers, diamonds or lunch.  5 floors, 5 rings, 5 sections with 6 acres of court yard in the middle and a beautiful memory garden from 911.

You can truly see the Capital and Washington Monument from everywhere.

It is a must SEE for all, young, old or different.  You leave with a whole new meaning of AMERICAN PRIDE.  Also, it is the most affordable vacation you will go on.  All sites offer free admission.

 

Don’t wait to see the world, plan your next vacation, learn something new about the world we live in.  Have fun and make memories.

Saving Our Lakes

Our purpose:

First, be responsible for yourself, take action to clean your boat, and do not transfer bait.

Second, we need to educate others and share the severity of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Please view:  Infested Waters List – Lakes, rivers, ponds or wetlands that are infested and contain an aquatic invasive species that could spread to other waters.

Decontamination Site Map – The decontamination units and DNR-authorized watercraft inspectors can help you comply with invasive species laws and reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species.

IMG_6689My favorite thing about Minnesota is all the lakes.   I have been blessed and since I can remember I have been going to the lake.  I have so many memories at one of the many lakes in Minnesota.  For example: my nana would take us to the A&W on Big Lake and we would go swimming at the beach, our family would go to Big Boy Lake and visit my Great Grandpa Coo then we would go pole fishing, after we bought our Little Boy Lake Shore property in 96 we went to the lake every weekend during the summer, and I have so many other great memories as well.  Many Minnesotans’ have similar memories of enjoying the lake, but now there is something that is threatening the memories and all the good times at the lake.   That threat is Aquatic Invasive Species or AIS.

What are Aquatic Invasive Species?

Aquatic Invasive Species…

  • Are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens
  • Live primarily in water
  • Thrive in a new environment
  • Cause economic loss, environmental damage, and harm to human health

Information is from Minnesota Sea Grant website www.seagrant.umn.edu/.

Here is a list of common Invasive Animals and Plants:

Information is from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website: www.dnr.state.mn.us.

I believe that much of the spread of AIS is lack of knowledge or otherwise those individuals that do not care and think it will not effect them in their lifetime.  The following information is to help people understand the importance of learning what these invasive species can do and how harmful they are to our lakes.  Below is the impact of the Zebra Mussels and Eurasian Milfoil:

Zebra mussels– Zebra mussels cause problems for lakeshore residents and recreationists; for example, they can:

  • attach to boat motors and boat hulls, reducing performance and efficiency,
  • attach to rocks, swim rafts and ladders where swimmers can cut their feet on the mussel shells, and
  • clog irrigation intakes and other pipes.

Zebra mussels also can impact the environment of lakes and rivers where they live. They eat tiny food particles that they filter out of the water, which can reduce available food for larval fish and other animals, and cause aquatic vegetation to grow as a result of increased water clarity. Zebra mussels can also attach to smother native mussels (www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/zebramussel).

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Picture is from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website: dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/rapid-response-ais.pdf

Eurasian Watermilfoil– In nutrient-rich lakes milfoil can form thick underwater stands of tangled stems and vast mats of vegetation at the water’s surface. In shallow areas the plant can interfere with water recreation such as boating, fishing, and swimming. The plant’s floating canopy can also crowd out important native water plants.

Milfoil spread into inland lakes primarily by boats and also by waterbirds. Fragments clinging to boats and trailers can spread the plant from lake to lake. The mechanical clearing of aquatic plants for beaches, docks, and landings creates thousands of new stem fragments. Removing native vegetation creates perfect habitat for invading Eurasian watermilfoil (www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/milfoil).

Aquatic Invasive Species infest our Minnesota waters and take over the native species within the lakes.  Currently, there is no way to get ride of these foreign invaders.  The only way to preserve our lakes is to mitigate until we find a way to rid AIS. Below is a series of actions we can take to help preserve our lakes:

 

Third, as a community and a state, the MN DNR has decide to place decontamination stations around the state.

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Picture is from the Minnesota Waters website: www.minnesotawaters.org

Enjoying all of the lakes in Minnesota is apart of our roots and it is important to protect them.  Some of the most popular lakes in Minnesota have fallen victim to Aquatic Invasive Species. Leech Lake is infested by rapid growing Eurasian Watermilfoil and the parasitic Faucet Snails. Gull Lake is tormented by the sharp and unpleasant Zebra Mussels. Lake Minnetonka is plagued with Flowering Rush, Zebra Mussels, and Eurasian Milfoil. Mille Lacs Lake terrorized by Zebra Mussels, Eurasian Watermilfoil, and Spiny Waterfleas. These lakes attract thousands and maybe even millions of people per year and if people are not cautious they will spread AIS.

Aquatic Invasive Species is a growing threat, so please help us reduce the casualties. Boats and any other thing put into infested waters should not be put back into any water source for at least 3 weeks.  Otherwise bring your contaminated boat to a decontamination center, which are all around Minnesota (please see attached list).  So, lets give our future generations lakes they can enjoy as much as we do.

Thank you for your time in reading this blog.

Respectfully,

Little Boy Resort (Troy, Nancy, Dillon, and Jordan)

P.S. Remember all the memories you had at the lake and be responsible.

Lake Vermillion – INFESTED (Spiny Waterflea)

Lake Winnibigoshish – INFESTED (Zebra Mussels and Faucet Snails)

Pokegama Lake – INFESTED (Eurasian Watermilfoil)

Rainy Lake – INFESTED (Spiny Waterflea)

Other Resources:

Infested Waters List  http://www.eddmaps.org/midwest/tools/infestedwaters/   or http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/infested.html

A Field Guide to Fish Invaders of the Great Lakes Region http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/invasives/fish_guide_final.pdf

 

 

Community

We live in a country of individuals founded on a set of principles.  These principles give us character and the freedom to live the way we choose.

Each week people come to the resort to spend time with their families, play in the water, go fishing, and enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities.  Some weeks during the summer we do not have the most pleasant weather.  This summer we had two strong storms hit us hard within two weeks’ time.  Both storms brought high winds, severe downpours of rain, and lightning strikes too close for comfort.  In the wake of these storms were many downed trees, phone / internet / electricity outages, and much damage to cabins, campers, and vehicles.

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Despite the damage we are thankful no one was hurt because folks in other areas of the state were not so fortunate.  We are also incredibly blessed for the great community we have here at Little Boy Resort.  Our guests, whom we call our friends, are always willing to lend a hand in situations like the aftermath of a storm.  Many individuals banded together the past couple of weeks and took the time on their vacation to help us clean up even though they had damage to campers and vehicles.  This act of kindness has meant a great deal to our family.  There were so many trees to cut and clean up and to have another set of hands was incredibly helpful.  Having multiple cabins and campers of people picking up sticks, logs, or raking made the quick work of the whole mess the storm left.  While you can still hear chainsaws buzzing the few remaining downed trees in the distance, much of the heavy lifting is over.

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Reflecting back on the last couple of weeks it is very evident that we have a great community of friends that are principled in always going above and beyond when helping others.  Again, it means a lot to our family that so many of you took the time to help during your vacations, and we are truly grateful for you.

Troy, Nancy, Dillon, and Jordan

P.S. We are truly bless to have such wonderful guests.

 

 

 

 

Twelve Years

I cannot believe this is are twelfth summer of owning the resort.  I was only twelve years old when my parents decided to embark our family on this wild adventure.  I believe this decision is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.  I have learned how to talk with people, I learned how to work hard, and I have found a passion for the outdoors.  The most important thing in the twelve years is the friends I have made here at Little Boy Resort.IMG_6228

The interesting thing about living at a resort is every week new people come in and out.  You have about 7 days or less to spend time or to make memories with people.  But over time, our few days of fun develops into so much more as it compounds over the years.  I would say the friends I have made at Little Boy Resort are some of my best friends whether they are young kids, the same age as me, or much older.  You learn a lot about people and you hear a lot about people’s experiences and stories.  It’s always a learning moment for me, especially the stories during the resorts’s “Coffee Club.” “Coffee Club,” is every morning from 8:00 to 9:00 AM during the summer.  Are neighbors, seasonals, and guest at the resort come to the store for coffee.  We share stories, discuss news, fishing, and the weather.  While it is usually a older crowd, some of my favorite moments are made over a cup of coffee.

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Most of our guests come year after year and in the short time they are here memories are made and friendships are forged and last for years.  After the week is over, it is sad to watch everyone leave but it makes us more excited for are next encounter.  For example, they’re two families that come at the end of June that I connect well with and our friendship has continued year after year and we pick right up where we left off from the year before.  We do chat through out the year, but our relationship fortifies after a week at Little Boy.  But times are changing, we are all getting older.  We can no longer spend the whole week or at least not yet.  Whether one cannot get enough time off with work or me being away in Texas, life makes it harder to reconnect for the week.  To be honest, I look forward to the days when we are older and wiser, so we can reminisce of the days when we were teenagers and when the times were much more simple.  Having a full week is so much more fun instead of just a few days and one can really enjoy each others presents and others character.  I always have to remind myself that life is to short, so make the most of every minute and fill the time with memories.

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Being apart of my families resort is my greatest blessing.  I have made friends that will last me a lifetime and I am in a wonderful place that makes me happy to get up every morning.  I may say this in every blog, but I want to thank our guests because you make me happy everyday and I will call you my friends through thick and thin.  Some days may not be my best but y’all are the light at the end of my tunnel and get me through the day.

Your friends at Little Boy Resort,

Troy, Nancy, Dillon, and Jordan

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A Fishing Story

Over the years, I have not been much of a fisherman. I preferred to be on the lake wakeboarding, skiing, tubing, or swimming.  While those activities are fun, fishing has grown on me as I have come to appreciate it for the peace and quiet and the conversation if you are with another person.

 

In my adolescence, I enjoyed playing with the tackle and creating an elaborate different world for each piece of tackle to have its own story.  Whether they were spaceships or some sort of crazy looking creature, it was for my imagination to mold.  If I were to fish it would be for 30 minutes maybe an hour.  I would soon after drift to the floor under the passenger council away from the sun and enter my little world.  Occasionally, my family would hear an “Ouche!,” “Vrrooom,” or some sort of prehistoric dinosaur noise.  It was my world and I let my imagination wander.FullSizeRender 2

One of my favorite fishing stories is the time I caught my first smallmouth bass.  We were fishing on the Northeast end of Little Boy Lake and the whole family was fishing.  I remember seeing my bobber go down and it was a fight to remember. Back and forth, the line came off the reel as the fish fought for its life.  After a long battle, we finally landed the bass with the net.  The smallmouth was 16 1/2 inches, pretty much the biggest fish I had ever caught at that time.  The memory sticks with me and will be one of my greatest fishing stories.

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Fishing is a time to enjoy nature and the art of “the catch.”  Some days you do better than others, but it is the chase and the thought of knowing that you can get that big fish at any time. “Life is like fishing, you never know what you are going to get.”  Time never slows down so enjoy the moments you have and cherish the time you spend with the people you love.

Summer has started and is flying by, I hope everyone is having a great summer.  We wish everyone safe travels this season and hope to see you all soon.

Your friends at Little Boy Resort,

Troy, Nancy, Dillon, and Jordan

P.S. Did you like my life and fish comparison, I kind of stole it from Forrest Gump…. Momma says, “Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get.”

What is your favorite fishing story? Let us know in the comments.