About 2.5 hours from Minneapolis Airport is the town of Brainerd, home to Cragun's family resort and conference center. In late April, Brainerd was my destination for an educational IT conference for MNSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities). It was my first visit to the area and my first appearance at the conference, where I was also to speak.
The resort itself looks like a fun, homey place for a summer retreat. But in late spring, it's still pretty chilly, and as luck would have it, my time there was accompanied with heavy overcast and a fair amount of rain. During my free time (when it wasn't raining) I made an effort to walk around the resort a bit, looking for interesting things to photograph.
I had a cabin all to myself, much like the one you see below. The cabins were rustic and quite large, with complete kitchens and the capacity to sleep at least 4 - 6 people.