1998 Manitowish Waters Vacation Page
Once again "the guys" (Steve Freyder, Peter Pruyne, Tommy K.,
Jeff Schramm, Mark Hunt and
Bruce Lightner) are all off to Manitowish
Waters for yet another week of fun (and hopefully sun) in the
North Woods of Wisconson, the week of August 9, 1998.
- Voss' Birchwood Lodge, Box 456, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin 54545, (715) 543-8441
- Greer's Pier, Manitowish Waters, (715) 543-8456, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Freyder's cabin, Manitowish Waters, WI, (715) 543-2388 (1000-2200 CDT)
- Steve Freyder's boathouse, Manitowish Waters, WI, (715) 543-8335 (0900-2200 CDT)
- Ham radio info (2 meter): 144.33 simplex, repeaters: 145.43- Tomahawk, 145.13- Sayner
- Current weather in Manitowish Waters.
- How to find us...a clickable map.
- Email list:
DAVID.R.HELLAND@cpmx.saic.com email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Schram2J@kochind.com email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Kost@centuryinter.net email@example.com
Friday, August 7, 1998
- Mark, Bruce, and the three girls (Evie, Roseann and Beth)
start the drive from La Jolla, California to Duluth, MN at
around 9:00 PM.
Saturday, August 8, 1998
- Enroute north via Las Vegas to Salt Lake City then east via
Interstate 80 through Wyoming and Nebraska.
- The girls found a
big rocking chair at a fuel stop
somewhere between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
- By Saturday evening we were nearing Omaha, Nebraska, still awake and
in good spirits.
Sunday, August 9, 1998
- Mark, Bruce, and the girls arrive (more or less on time) in at
Marty's house 32 hours later, at 7:15 AM Sunday morning.
- Roseann helped out by
trimming Junior the Goat's "toenails".
- After a little coffee and a shower, everyone went to the
lake for a picnic where the girls
buried each other in the sand.
- We have collection of photos from
the outbound trip.
- After lunch Mark and Bruce headed for Manitowish Waters. They were
greeted at the Wisconsim border by a
Wisconsin state representative...who takes Visa, American Express
or Master Card. (The fellow got a little testy when Bruce asked:
"Exactly how far over the speed limit could a Californian go?")
- Mark and Bruce arrived at Voss' Lodge at about 4:30 PM where
the owner, Audry (two days shy of her 86th birthday),
directed us to our cabins, a duplex...Birchwood East and West.
- Eventually, we linked up with Steve and Jeff on the
"BBQ boat". After a run to Ubach's (old Harry's) for veggies and meat,
we had dinner with Greer and Pam on the water.
Monday, August 10, 1998
- Monday was a perfect day. We spent the entire time on the water
and took a few photos.
- We hooked up an inverter
to the pontoon boat's 12V battery and
made AC for Mark's laptop...so he
could work on his editor?
- Then the serious BBQ'ing started, with a big batch of ribs with
Tommy's secret spice rub.
- In the evening we met Greer and Pam at a lodge on one of the lakes
and showed everyone at the bar
our digital camera photos using Mark's new laptop.
- While we were there, we took a few more photos, including
Heather and PDP (with his stylish new hat)
and Steve with one of the locals.
- Gary was there and entertained us with some keyboard music...and a
floor show! (Sorry, no photos of the floor show, butt it was unique!)
Tuesday, August 11, 1998
Wednesday, August 12, 1998
Thursday, August 13, 1998
- More excellent weather.
- Steve spent some time in the Greer's Pier shop trying to talk to
one of the new "super clean" two-stroke OMC motors
with his laptop.
(Welcome to the new world of outboard motor repair!)
- For dinner we all went to the Little Bohemia Lodge, on Spider Lake,
the scene of a shoot out between Dillinger's gang and the FBI in April
1934. One of the dining rooms still has bullet holes in the walls and
windows. Dinner was great...we made it there just in time.
- Afterwards, we spent a little time in the bar, then made a "speed run"
across Spider Lake making good use of the 'toony boat's "90 Power".
Friday, August 14, 1998
- Guess what...excellent weather, except for a brief rain shower in
the morning and severe weather alarm and a quick thunder storm
in the early afternoon.
- After lunch at the sandwich shop
at Greer's Pier, most of us went for a ride on the "BBQ boat".
- Later we made a stop in the shade at
our favorite place for BBQ'ed sausages and a little beer.
- The evening found us drifting on Spider Lake (again), listening to some
yahoos on shore with a bad "boathouse band", a potato cannon, and some
"high dollar" fireworks.
- Pete sailed his model sailboat
into the sunset while we
ate more BBQ and schemed on a two week long MW vacation next year.
- We also took some more photos.
Saturday, August 15, 1998
- Bummer, time to head for home. Mark and Bruce headed back to Duluth
at about 8 AM.
- After loading up the girls in Duluth and
saying our goodbyes,
we took the long way to US 90 (bypassing Minneapolis),
then headed west towards South Dakota and
- We ate dinner at Wall just after
8 PM, then proceeded on to Sturgis, where we turned
south into the mountains.
- We found ourselves low on fuel after midnight
in the middle of nowhere. We back-tracked to Deadwood, bought fuel,
then got stopped by a (nice) SD state trooper (i.e., no ticket...70 in a
65 zone) who gave us directions to Denver. We even got in a little
off-roading through a construction zone with no pavement.
- We also took some more photos.
Sunday, August 16, 1998
- After driving all night with virtually zero traffic
through scattered showers and cool lightning storms we hit Denver
about the time the sun came up.
- We bought fuel in Las Vegas, then at about 4 PM we made a run
for Los Angeles, along with an unbelievable number of weekend gamblers. A
bumper-to-bumper traffic jam in Barstow left us wondering why we hadn't
just taken an airplane. The delay turned out to be a short one...about
- Mark, Bruce and "the girls" arrived back home in San Diego at 9:45 PM
Sunday night, happy to be home again.
Fridy, September 3, 1998
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