This has been a familiar scene in Wisconsin for decades. Although this Long Lake is near Campbellsport on the eastern side of the state, we have a Long Lake on our side of the state too. It's there that my parents took my brothers, my sister, and me for a few days' vacation back in the 1950s.
What do I remember about that vacation? The scene you see in the photo postcard above. It looked just like that. There was a dirt path from the cabins to the canteen - where my mom bought windmill cookies (and probably other things that didn't make nearly as big an impression on me). I've loved windmill cookies ever since, although now they're thinner and smaller. Or maybe it's just because I'm fatter and bigger.
Vacations like that, whether camping in a tent or staying in a cabin beside the lake, make wonderful memories for a kid. It was a sweet time. Plus, I have no memory of my brothers trying to push me off the dock, so that's good too.
The photo above also looks a lot like Camp Chetek a.k.a. Chetek Baptist Bible Camp, where I spent many summers as a kid. Those were great times - swimming, making lanyard bracelets, buying cheap candy from the canteen, memorizing tons of Scripture, painting plaques for the wall, buying a glow-in-the-dark cross for my bedroom, sitting around campfires in the evenings, listening to missionaries tell of their work in foreign lands, watching camp counselor skits, getting homesick my first year there after everyone else in our cabin got homesick, etc.
These postcards are from Shawano, Wisconsin, pronounced SHAW-no. I know it looks like it should have an extra syllable... I don't know when the photos were taken (turn of the century?) but they are definitely a part of Wisconsin history.
Did you get to vacation with your family when you were a kid? or did you attend summer camp? What are your favorite memories - or least favorite memories of that time??!
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