It is 6 am as I write this, sitting at my laptop overlooking the quiet bay on which my cottage is situated here in Sioux Narrows Lake of the Woods country.
It is a beautiful and idylic setting, especially at this time of the mornings as a soft mist rises from the water, the birds begin their serenades, and the colour on the horizon has a purple blue hue to it.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about what brought me here in the first place. It was not much more than a long weekend jaunt based on an old brochure, held on to for some reason, about a resort called Red Indian Lodge.
It is a beautiful place with an exceptional beach in some of the finest non fly-in fishing country in the world.
The owners of the lodge at that time had young teenagers. My children were much younger but becoming avid water skiers nevertheless. My son was only about 6 or 7 at the time but being an exceptionally strong kid he really took to the sport early.
So the young teenagers would take my children skiing to a small bay around the corner from the lodge, as they described it.
A couple of years later as we are visiting friends in a cottage outside Kenora over the September long weekend I notice an ad for a cottage in Sioux Narrows.
We decide to take the trip and by the end of October I own a place on Red Indian Road on this quiet bay with only a few cottages on it.
What I didn’t realize until sometime later is that this is the bay where my children were taken for their ski adventures on our first stay at Red Indian Lodge.
I have dined at the lodge a few times over the years since then but never really thought much about our history together.
A couple of weeks ago I stopped at the office. Much to my surprise, while the ownership has changed, it is still being managed by the same couple who were there almost 30 years ago on our first visit.
When we had a Journeys store here for a while their daughter worked for us and did a wonderful job. It was exciting to hear how she graduated and has pursued education and a successful career.
We have come to love this place with its icon bridge, annual arts festival, great fishing, and all in an area that is free of the traffic and congestion that exist in so many tourist areas.
This is a Saturday morning. On Sunday at noon CST on radio station CJOB in Winnipeg. I will have the present owner of Red Indian Lodge on my weekly travel show.
If you can, take a listen at CJOB 68 AM or online to hear about a great place to stay in this region.
Come share a piece of the paradise I have come to love. And before you go drop into Journeys and find the perfect summer wear for your perfect summer.
Safe Journeys as always