Fall: A Time For Reflections (November 4, 2021)
As we put the resort to rest for Summer Season 2021, and prepare for the cold, snowy days of Winter, my mind drifts to all the years past. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic for the falls of my childhood with Gramma and Grandpa. Raking the leaves brings memories of all of us working together, closing up the resort for winter. I have many fond memories of raking with Gramma. (Well, I think I spent more time jumping into her leaf piles than actually raking.). We would get off the bus from school, have a quick cookie, and head out for some raking before dark. Afterwards we would come in for hot cocoa and cartoons, while Gramma cooked dinner, the warmth of the kitchen was so welcome after the cool, crisp fall air. From pulling the docks, to sealing up the cabins for the winter, and so much more, fall always was truly a busy time of the year.
As we finish up our tasks this month, my thoughts drift to the holiday season, my memories are filled with how much Gramma would take great pleasure in sending and receiving greeting cards. Grandpa would put in some time deer hunting and catching up on long, leisure phone calls to all those guests he considered family. In the evenings, over dinner, Grandpa would regal us with all of his tales of current and past guests. His face would light up with laughter over remembered chats and pranks with each and everyone. Stories of great musky catches, or late night talks in the bar, or morning coffee on the cabin porches. His stories were just as much for his own pleasure as ours.
While I sit and start on my mailing list for this year’s holiday season (to those that missed a card last year, I sincerely apologize, shifting to life without Gramma was such a HUGE adjustment), and the dreaded task of organizing all the bookwork, and Mark slaving away each day tucking the summer cabins in for the winter, I sit and drink my coffee and reflect on how it's such a great honor to be able to carry on another generation of traditions.
We have made many changes to keep us relevant with the times. WiFi, Satellite TV, A/C, and of course the never ending list of upgrades and fixes that are just necessary in keeping our beloved cabins functioning. But the one thing that weighs heavily on my mind is to resist complete modernization. Stay the course and keep our little resort a happy little slice of paradise, to maintain a space that feels like “coming home.” The quirky, vintage feel that reminds us all that there is something more to life. A meeting of friends at the end of the road at Musky Joe’s Twin Pines Resort!
Stay tuned for Winter Happenings as Cabins 6 and 7 will go all year long, and start some much needed TLC on Cabins 1 - 5 …
Greetings and Snowy Winter to you all!!!
For those of you that don't know me, I am the older granddaughter of the creators of Musky Joe's Twin Pines Resort. (Cassy Wilkozek) I spent my childhood on the resort learning the business from Grandpa Nory and Grandma Gen. Grandma and Grandpa cleared the land and hand built the resort over 60 years ago.
Musky Joe's Twin Pines Resort
Musky Joe's Twin Pines Resort
9105 N Twin Bay Road
Hayward Wisconsin 54843
Phone: (715) 462-3343
Office Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
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