By: Jennifer Bateman | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The docks come in for the winter.
Most family owned resorts in the Park Rapids area are seasonal. Several Park Rapids resorts close on Labor Day. Then another group closes the end of September. We stay open longer than most resorts. This year our last guests pulled out of the driveway on October 19th.
"Close her up!" "Shut her down!" "Get things winterized." These are common phrases used to refer to closing the resort for the season. There is a lot of work that a resort owner could do to close the resort, but in our case the only things that really have to be done are blowing out the water lines to the cabins and getting the docks out of the water. Anything after that is optional. Often times, when we no longer have guests, the urge to relax and play is pretty strong. Bob likes to go walleye fishing (and fall is often when fishing is at it's best), and I like to spend some extra time reading by the lake or going hiking or biking at Itasca State Park. Operating a family resort during the summer months can be very demanding of our time, so the reprieve is welcome.
Since the work load is really heavy in the spring to get the resort open and ready for guests, it's best to get as much work done in the fall as you can to make spring a little easier. But over the years we've found that balancing work with play is the best approach.
Here is a pictorial of some of the behind the scenes work we got done this fall.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Cabin windows are covered.
Parts of the cabins are "dismantled" and stuff is brought inside to protect it from the winter elements.
All the bedding is washed and hung out to dry in the fresh air.
Bob blows out the water lines, which requires climbing under each cabin three times!
Always mulch first. Then do a little blowing in those hard to reach areas.
Leaves staged for burning. (Burning is the fun part!)
Lots of trees equals lots of leaves and pine needles.
Alas! Ten hours of gathering for only 2 hours of burning.