May 30, 2016
Amongst the pine trees and lakes of northern Minnesota, you often hear the term "North Country" or you may just hear people say "Up North". It has become a destination and a term to describe a region and way of life, I am going "Up North".
It does not have to be just northern Minnesota. "Up North" can be northern Michigan or northern Wisconsin or anywhere you can find a magical summertime destination.
What happens "Up North"? Why do people crowd the highways and interstates on Friday afternoons all summer long to get there? Why do the same people come home late on Sunday and fight the same traffic back to their homes? What happens in "North Country" that is so special that it is worth all the trouble?
The truth is sometimes nothing happens. Absolutely and utterly nothing, like sit in a hammock and do nothing. Sometimes you may hear the call of a loon while laying in the hammock and smile and go back to doing nothing.
Sometimes you may go out on the "The Boat" on "The Lake". We really like to use the word "The" to describe things in "North Country". Wait a minute ... shouldn't the term be "The" North Country?
Sometimes you have a weekend with family and friends that you never want to end. From barbecues, boat rides, skiing, swimming, fishing, and golfing. The night usually ends with a campfire and stories of the days and times from days gone by. Funny thing is many of the good stories from the past were about times spent "Up North".
Next time you see everyone headed "Up North", remember a time you went "Up North" and smile because you know they are going to have a good time. They may be going to do absolutely nothing or they may be spending the weekend fishing and boating and forgetting sunscreen.
See you on Sunday night in traffic!
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