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Cabin #1's ("Karibu") Diamond Jubilee


This cabin has and has had many names. When we purchased Sandy Point nineteen years ago, it was simply called, "Cabin #1." It was not the first of the original five cabins built on this 40-acre site, but it was built the closest to the lake and next to a narrow inlet creek running the distance of the property and into Squaw Lake. Well, we not only gave a name to that creek ("Cozzens Creek") we also felt Cabin #1 had so much character and unique charm that it needed a unique name.

karibu_sign.jpgWe call it "Karibu." This is not a misspelling of the word caribou (an antlered, elk-like animal found far to the north of these Northwoods). This is the SWAHILI word for "welcome," and it's pronounced ka-REE-boo. Decorated with authentic African artifacts we like to think of it as the perfect dwelling for your Northwoods safari. The word "safari," by the way, simply means "journey" in Swahili.

After naming the cabin "Karibu," one of the former owners visited us and told us that during his tenure as owner (1950-1970) the cabin was called "Uneeda Rest." We believe that name was dubbed by the original owners, builders of Sandy Point, The Andersons.

We have guests, The Good Family, who we refer to as "our lumberjacks," who call this cabin "The Fishing Cabin." They rent several cabins from us each July (and come again in the fall to take care of our birch trees), and this summer, one of their ten children will occupy "the Fishing Cabin" while here.


Why the African Influence?
For those of you who've read my book, I'm Living Your Dream Life, you may recall that the idea for Mike and I to become innkeepers came during my first journey to Kenya. While traveling with my sister, Gayle, over a five week period we covered much of the country--from Nairobi to Mt. Kenya to Western Provence, Mombasa, the Masai Mara and through the Great Rift Valley to one of the most magical places I've ever been, Lake Baringo. Lake Baringo is located in the far north of the Great Rift Valley and it was a hot, dusty trek getting there. But waiting for us at the shore was a darling young couple who invited us aboard their banana boat and whisked us across the coffee-colored water to a place called "Island Camp ." Hugo and Antionette, the innkeepers, made Gayle and I feel very special and catered to all our "fancies," including an afternoon of waterskiing. "Mind the hippos!" called Antionette as we dove into the experience. Trust me, skiing in hippo and crocodile infested waters is not something one soon forgets. Island Camp was such a special place that I never wanted to leave. (Two years later, I returned there with Mike, as well as my parents).









After leaving Island Camp on that first trip with Gayle, to my amazement, we went to another place that impressed me even more. Located in the shadow of Mt. Kenya, we were guests of the Craig family at a ranch/wild life conservancy called Lewa Downs . The Craigs were another young couple raising two small children. During our stay we slept in a beautiful, stone cottage, which was decorated with rugs handmade on the property by Kikuyu women, and took our meals at the main house, dining with the family. Daniel Craig, who explained the 45,000 acres property had been in his family since the 1920s, took us on a horseback safari and also a tour from the air on his private plane. And yes, I did feel like Meryl Streep's version of Karen Blixen in "Out of Africa."

Dining with the family and interacting with the young Craig children, I saw what an extraordinary life they had--and believed that having people come from all over the world to regale them with international tales and adventures provided a unique education. Innkeeping appeared to be . . . well, a dream life.

Gayle's First Visit To Sandy Point

africa_porch.jpgThe first time Gayle came to Sandy Point was in October, 1992, when she was back in the States for a brief visit between long-term stints in Kenya. It was during the inspection process and sale negotiation. There was no doubt that Cabin #1 was her favorite cabin. Of the five original cabins that were here when we purchased Sandy Point, it was in the best shape, which is probably the main reason why it still stands today.

Also, it's the closest to the water. And because it's so close to the running creek and zoning laws dictate much of what we can and can't do around here, we are not allowed to A: tear it down and rebuild another in its place; nor B: Make improvements worth more than 50% of its assessed value.

Anyway, Gayle walked into the screen porch, looked at the view and said "Karibu!" I knew from that moment that this special cabin had a new name.

Happy Birthday Karibu. May you stand for another 75 years!





Sandy Point is NOT for Sale

There’s a nice piece of lakefront property for sale just down the road from Sandy Point Resort. A cute 3BR lake home sits on 6.9 acres and has nearly 200 ft. of frontage. It’s available for what we think is a song, $229,000.




If I had an extra quarter million, I’d buy it. Offered by Remax, Click HERE for the listing information:

We discovered this property was for sale when we got a call telling us there was a FOR SALE sign in front of the Sandy Point Resort sign. I understand why the realtor placed her sign where she did. (She’s not the first Minocqua-based realtor to stick signs by our sign). This woman was, no doubt, trying to capitalize on the visibility of this corner, East Squaw Lake Rd. and North Squaw Lake Lane. Clearly, however, it didn’t occur to her to ask for permission to place the sign on our property. Nor did it occur to her that passers by might think the resort was for sale rather than the little green lake house down the lane.



And then again, maybe that’s exactly what she was thinking. I know enough about realtors to know they simply want their phones to ring.  It’s their way of getting their foot in the door of the next possible listing/client. That's why so many newspaper ads listing properties for sale don't include the price.

Well, we don’t want our phone ringing and having people asking us how much we expect to get for our sizable chunk of Northwoods heaven. We’re not ready to put a price tag on it and won't be any time soon.

So, to anyone who thought for even five minutes that we are selling Sandy Point . . . not true. This economy hasn’t driven us out of business just yet.



Lac du Flambeau Gets a Clue

lac1.jpgYou don’t see THIS everyday in your morning crossword puzzle:

3. _____ du Flambeau, Wisc.

In all my years of doing puzzles, I’ve seen _____ du Lac, Wisc. about a hundred times and it never got me excited. Today, however, seeing a clue for our little remote corner of the Northwoods—home to the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe Indians and Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch—in the USAToday puzzle, gave me a bigger rush than a double dose of cappuccino.

Sandy Point Resort is outside the town limits of Lac duFlambeau, but it does carry a “Flambeau” mailing address. The town itself is located in Vilas County and is comprised of approx. 128 square miles, 260 lakes, 65 miles of lakes, streams and rivers and 24,000 acres of wetlands. People population at the last census was 3000. I can’t say what the fish population is; however, I can report that according to the Lac du Flambeau Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest sturgeon came out of Lake Pokegama and is currently housed in a Lac du Flambeau museum. This monster measured 7 feet,1 inch, weighed 195 pounds and 40 inches around.

That’s quite a catch. And this was a great piece of bait. I filled in every square of the crossword in record time.



Reservation Notices Go Out This Week

The first week of December sneaks up on me every year. I suppose it's because we get so wrapped up in our Thanksgiving plans we fail to think about what follows it. Anyway, here it is Monday morning, and after a long weekend away I have come home to massive lists of work to accomplish this week. First on the agenda? Getting out reservation notices to our guests who've reserved cabins for next summer. The deposits we request, due January 20, enable us to pay the first half of the year property taxes. Pretty important stuff.

Once again we're going to make the request that anyone who knows they will NOT be confirming their reservation to please let us know immediately. We'd like to make those cabins available to those who are currently trying to get into Sandy Point Resort. THANK YOU. 


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