Summer always makes me think of lakes and mountains – and mountain lakes.
My college roommate from Alaska spent a few days at the cabin recently. Mike is a retired physician battling Parkinson’s now, but he’s doing pretty well and hasn’t lost his lust for adventure or his sense of humor. People facing challenges, whether climbing a mountain or combating a chronic illness, are an inspiration.
Mike grew up in a place called Mountain Lake, Minnesota (population: 2,104; elevation: 1,302 ft.). There are lots of lakes in Minnesota (even the license plates proclaim it: “Land of 10,000 Lakes”), but there isn’t a mountain anywhere near Mountain Lake.
When I asked Mike how the town got its name, he just shrugged and said, “Oh, there’s a little hill there.” Even the town’s official motto, “Home on the prairie,” betrays its inapt appellation.