Lake weekend

I spent weeks of my childhood summers in Okoboji, Iowa, with my family. My memories of the place are vivid — I remember the sunny days spent in my grandparents’ boat on the lake, the cool evenings, nightly campfires and what I think was probably my first exposure to thrifting — at the now-shut Clara’s Cluttered Closet, an old consignment shop — and discount shopping for designer clothes on the second floor of the Three Sons, a creaky old store full of University of Okoboji merchandise.

So when my friend and fellow World-Herald reporter Erin invited some of us to spend a weekend at the lake, I couldn’t say no. She’s the first Okoboji native I’ve ever met, and her family was lovely to us.

Of course, I also remember the food, and I got to revisit one of my favorite Okoboji treats this weekend, which happily tasted just the same.


The perks of traveling with a photographer are photos like this one. Credit to Alyssa Schukar.


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photo 1 (1)Guys tubing on West Lake, a beer from Okoboji’s new brewery, the local favorite Nutty Bar from the Nutty Bar Stand in Arnold’s Park (Erin was a long-time employee of the stand.)

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8B6pajFLCxSna8aRwXC9U1hiczyjl42gEH8nfWkP9f4A giant cinnamon roll at the Koffee Kup, a childhood favorite that’s exactly the same; a fishbowl at The Ritz on East lake; Boji life; Erin on water skis. Last photo also by Alyssa.

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