Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Eagles Have Hatched!

The Eagles have hatched! If you haven’t had a chance yet to check out the Minnesota DNR “Eagle Cam” you should click here, or if you’d like to watch one complete with sound, watch Minnesota Bound’s Eagle cam here.

I have to get a little personal in this post. I grew up in Indiana, and once a year from the time I was six until I graduated high school, my family would vacation in Minnesota. We usually spent most of our time in the Bigfork area, but we used to come to the Leech Lake area a lot as well. Two glorious weeks were spent here every year, fishing, exploring, and dreaming of one day living in this great state.

You see, in Indiana, you never had a chance of seeing an Eagle with its wings stretched as it soared on the wind. We had to come to Minnesota for that, and I remember the very first time I saw our symbol of freedom gracing the skies against a beautiful blue Minnesota background. I felt like I was in heaven, and so did my parents and brothers. I get goose bumps just thinking of it. For me, Eagles symbolize the strength that is America, and Minnesota has more Eagles than any other state in the union, except Alaska. I see an Eagle, and I can’t help but think about the good times I had while vacationing in this great state.

When I was a kid, I not only dreamed of living in Minnesota, but I knew that someday I would. I grew up hearing my Dad say “someday we’re moving to Minnesota”, so how could I not think it was true? Dad’s never lie. And so it happened, that I met a girl in high school that vacationed in Longville, staying at a cabin on Woman Lake. She would talk about her days spent swimming and dreaming of one day having her own lake cabin in Minnesota. I couldn’t believe my ears, so I fell head over heels in love, and married her in 1976. Barely a year later, she came home from work and said “let’s move to Minnesota”, so we hopped in the car, drove all night, found jobs in the Twin Cities, rented an apartment, and became Minnesotan’s in September of 1977, less than one week of her coming home and making that statement. Eventually we made our way to Crosslake in 1985, and we’ve lived in the same log cabin since moving here all of those years ago. Turns out my parents and my 3 brothers moved to Crosslake in 1978, and put down roots as well. My Dad started a very successful taxidermy business, and today you can’t walk into the "One Stop" in Longville without seeing some of the fish he mounted.

I’m telling you this, because I’m living my dream, and it’s a dream shared by thousands of people from the Midwest who vacation in Minnesota every year. I feel like I have to pinch myself when I look up in the branches of a tree in my driveway, and see an Eagle sitting there looking for its next meal. I’m the envy of my Indiana friends, and they can’t believe the beauty of this state when they come to visit. Some of our friends even moved here or bought a cabin on a lake themselves. Believe me when I tell you that I grew up dreaming with my eyes open, and RE/MAX, unbelievably has adopted the slogan “dream with your eyes open”. That’s what I did as a kid. That’s what thousands of people do every day when they think about the wonderful vacations they have in our area.

So if you or someone you know is that person dreaming of watching the Eagles fly, or swimming in sky blue waters, or catching the fish of a lifetime, making a hole in one on a top ranked golf course, biking or hiking on endless trails, or just relaxing on a beach somewhere, the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty can help make your dreams come true. All you have to do is contact us and we’ll do the rest. Happy Eagle watching everyone!

Brad Wallace is the Marketing Director for RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty.


Anonymous said...

I love this post! Beautiful story

Dawn said...

I watched an eagle soar over the highway yesterday with something?? in it's talons, what a beautiful site. Yes, we are Living the Dream.