Cabin season has arrived

In February, you start to get lake fever. By the end of March, you are chomping to get on the water. April comes and the snow disappears, lawns are raked, and the ice recedes.
Cabin season has arrived.
The warm temperatures of Friday and Saturday had begun teasing us with the thought the lake ice might be receding and cabin season quickly would be upon us. We had been hoping “ice-out” would occur prior to the last week of April.
After a quick trip to the dump with a loaded half-ton of shrubbery clippings and several stuffed construction bags of leaves, grass, and deer droppings, my wife and I were taking a much-needed break from yard cleaning Saturday afternoon.
Driving on the overpass, Sand Bay looked ice-free. As we crossed over the causeway, a channel appeared to be open north up through the canoe channel. Looking south of the islands at the Five-Mile bridge, white ice could be seen over the eastern end of Sand Bay.
But further south, you could see open water around the islands on the U.S. side of Rainy Lake.
As we rounded the curve of the low level of the causeway, the channel on the north side of Last Island was ice-free. That was an indication that “ice-out” was less than a week away.
At Hoffman’s Harbour, you clearly could see that the ice was out on the inside of the channel heading east towards Back Point.
We might have been able to sneak to the cabin. The ice was out south of Windy Point and the Rocky Islet Bay was ice-free.
I realized then that a phone call to Badiuk’s was the first thing on my list of things to do Monday morning. The cabin had been closed up on Thanksgiving weekend back in October. It was time.
It now is time to open it up and get everything ready for the summer cabin season.
In closing up, we slowly begin bringing tools home that we can use through the winter. The shelves also are emptied over several weekends.
On the final weekend, the bedding is brought to town, the last of the food is removed, and the fridge is turned off. Once all that is accomplished, and everything is washed down, the hot water tank is drained and the water lines disconnected and drained.
The doors are locked and we wave goodbye for the season.
Spring is much different. One hopes that the cabin and buildings have survived the winter. Everything that was removed prior to closing has to arrive the weekend we open the cabin.
Water lines have to go in; the shelves and fridge are filled with food. The outdoor furniture comes out from storage and the hot tub is filled.
It is a very busy first weekend.