By: Jennifer Bateman | Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Father and son time. A nice break from the rain.
When you own a resort in the Park Rapids area (or any area in the state of Minnesota), you feel responsible, to some degree, for every aspect of your guests' family vacation. This includes the weather.
Last week was a wet week. Guests arriving on Saturday arrived in the rain, and it proceeded to rain all day Sunday. Then we had a few sunny, warm days followed by more rain. If I could have taken control, I would have shut off the water valve. Docks were starting to go under water as the lake level was rising. Bob and our hired men raised docks, raised them again, and then finally had to pull them in a ways to keep them above water. My thought was simply, "Oh. These poor guests! What are they going to do?"
After 18 years of being a "hostess"at a Minnesota resort, I should know by now that weather really doesn't matter to people. No one, and I repeat no one, commented or complained about it. Rather, I heard fish stories, and who won the game of cards last night, and what they bought on Main Street in Park Rapids, and who climbed all the way to the top of the fire tower at Itasca State Park. People did an excellent job of taking advantage of the dry weather days by spending it mostly at the swimming beach.
One thing I have to remember is that no matter the weather conditions, guests are simply happy because they are not at work. They are with family and friends. They are not fighting traffic or listening to the variety of city noises. They are on vacation listening to the loons and the wind in the trees. I also have to remember that the weather probably isn't any better back where they live.
I remember taking a four day family trip when the kids were younger. It drizzled every single day, and it didn't bother us a bit! We still had a wonderful time.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer and her husband, Bob, own Two Inlets Resort located north of Park Rapids, MN and close to Itasca State Park. They take family vacations seriously, and think every family should discover the charm of a Minnesota lake vacation.