I don't know how many people know this, but Minnesota is a big part of my recent family history. Both of my parents grew up there. I spent two weeks on Swan Lake in Fergus Falls, MN every summer for as long as I can remember. The trips stopped as we got a little older, but I have such great memories of the lake, fishing, pontoon boats, tennis in the park, card games, and eating Grandma's good cooking. Being there again made me really want to be a kid again.
During our trip we got to see all of the Fergus sites...
Swan Lake. My two sets of Grandparents had cabins on opposite sides of the lake, so we would split our time there in the summer. Sometimes we would take the pontoon across, sometimes we would drive around, and occasionally we would try to swim across. Neither cabin is there anymore, they've both been sold in recent years and then replaced by newer, fancier cabins. Its not the same:
The cemetery where Grandpa Young (my Mom's Dad) is. That is their lake cabin on the marker:
The cemetery where the Shavers (my Dad's parents) are:
Dairyland, where my Mom used to work in high school and where we would eat for a special treat:
The otter at Grotto park. I used to climb up there. Not this trip =)
We also saw my parent's elementary, middle, and high school, and both families' houses in town.