Category Archives: In the Beginning

The Great Ball of Fire

It was a dark and stormy night as Kenny, Shirley, Tom, Bill, Diane, and two of the neighbor kids holed up in the shelter of the small green cottage on the shores of Otter Lake. The wind howled, the rain … Continue reading

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Snake Vs. Weed-Whacker

One of my favorite stories that my Dad used to tell is about the day that he was weed-whacking the long grass in between the cottage and the lake, and uncovered a snake. My Dad looked a lot like Clark … Continue reading

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Raid!

Perhaps the night after the infamous Scout Hike, or perhaps just another time when the boy scouts were visiting the cottage, Tom decided to sleep by himself in his pup tent. It was an old canvas version, no fancy mesh … Continue reading

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Scout Hike

As boys Tom and Bill were in the scouts. One summer day they were chosen to lead a hike to Lake Michigan. They were responsible young men. They knew the trails like their own backyard. They were the perfect choice. … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Memories

I recently asked my Grandma to tell me some of her favorite memories from the cottage. It was interesting to hear her tell some of the same stories I’d heard so many times from my Dad, but with a few … Continue reading

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Acquisition

My Grandma and Grandpa purchased The Cottage on July 27, 1957, the day of their wedding anniversary. They had been camping each summer in what is now the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore Park for several years, and had … Continue reading

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