Stranded on an Island
I planned a Vintage Vacation for our family last summer. I found a place called Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island that has a restored Airstream trailer we could stay in for a couple of nights. This Airstream glamping trip inspired Boyd to want to do a vintage photo shoot and bring props and dress me up and all that.
I’ll fill you in on the details of the Airstream Vintage Vacation part of our trip in my next post. This story is about how much better my vacation was after things out of my control went wrong.
When I booked the Airstream I noticed that Lakedale Resort also has a beautiful timbered lodge on their property (as well as cabins, canvas tent glamping, and tent sites.)
I love a nice lodge any day of the year so I was curious to at least check it out when we got there, but we were going to stay in the Airstream. What I didn’t know when I made our reservation was that we would get to enjoy the Airstream, but we would also end up getting to stay in the beautiful lodge.
This was not part of my master plan….
I swear I didn’t sabotage our van so our vacation would have to be two days longer! The battery light had been going on and off since we arrived on the island so I tried to drive the van into town to have someone look at it. About 3/4 of the way to town I discovered I was only coasting, so I coasted as far as I could and then used the last bit of my cell phone battery (which I couldn’t charge thanks to the also dead car battery) to call the service station for a tow truck, and to call Boyd and Isak to tell them to have fun back at the Lakedale Resort, and to try to figure out where we could stay the night on the island with no advance notice.
While I was in town at the Service Center (and the massage place I had noticed the day before), Boyd managed to book a couple of nights in the lodge at the Lakedale Resort. Let me wipe away my tears (of joy) 😉
The staff even gifted us with lovely drinks (including sparkling cider for Isak). Completely unnecessary, but so incredibly wonderful. This was one of the many little acts of kindness that were continually happening from the amazing staff at Lakedale. I don’t know if everyone gets as much love as we did, but everyone there did everything they could to help us salvage our vacation which had been riddled with unexpected challenges even before the van died.
We watched the bat houses at dusk to try and spot one of the highly trained mosquito eaters. I don’t know if it was just the conditions last summer or if their bats are just over-achievers like the rest of the staff, but I honestly don’t remembering seeing a mosquito.
We had a lovely time talking with Mary Ann and her husband Karl who is the General Manager of the property. She told us all about different things we could do on the island, and even gifted us with some of her own homemade granola & dried fruit. They impressed us as wonderful people, which I believe must be true because their same positive attitude, sincerity, and graciousness were also expressed by everyone else that we encountered on their staff.We had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend getting stranded at the Lakedale Resort!