I was craving lake time so bad that I took an alternate route on my way home last weekend just so I could stop by the lake and see if that would cure me.
It was a picture perfect summer day and there were a handful of other people in the park that exchanged smiles and modest waves as we passed on the path.
The second an abnormally dark cloud rolls into our viewing area we are standing under an open garage door with necks craned to the sky.
There is no better way to spend a hot Saturday afternoon than floating on a sunshine drenched lake in Minnesota.
The area boasts a rich history of battling Native American tribes, religious missions, fur traders, oxcart trains, and even a population of 600 at its height.
The 186 foot bridge was built in 2008 by the town's Lions Club, and since there is no motor vehicle traffic on the trail, guests checking out the bridge can enjoy it at their own pace.
The Hub Supper Club on Long Lake in Burtrum is taken over one Saturday every March for the annual Midwest Outdoors Unlimited Banquet.
The sun reflecting on glass smooth water in the quarries looked like it was out of a Terry Redlin painting. The trails were busy with it being so nice outside, and everyone we passed had smiles a mile wide.
The famous novelist Sinclair Lewis even once wrote about Inspiration Peak praising "the enchanting peace and seclusion of this place for contemplation".