Life at the Homestead
by Caitlin Augdahl

July 10, 2018

It was a beautiful weekend here at the Steger Center. We had a gorgeous sunny day on Saturday and a rainy Sunday to calm down the festivities of the weekend. With past residents visiting and some guests who were visiting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, we had an exciting weekend.

The first few photos are from the fire down at Hobo Village on Saturday night. Will needed us to burn up some scrap wood, so we made a huge fire with logs so large we needed two people to carry them. Once the fire was at satisfactory height, we all enjoyed the companionship that arises at gatherings around the fire.

Monday brought an exiting feel to the Homestead, as the second Summit group arrived to help us with our ongoing projects. The fifth photo shows the first morning meeting with this group from Summit. This week is also exciting because Jim Sullivan, the master stone mason, came up to teach us how to build a dry retaining wall down by the lake.

After an exciting work day, residents and staff relieved their stress of the day by doing yoga on the dock, playing volleyball, and hanging out with Johnny Ray down at Hobo Village.

– CA

Life at the Homestead
by Caitlin Augdahl

July 4, 2018

Life at the Steger Center is pretty simple. After a long day of work the residents and staff enjoy themselves and the wonderful companionship of this community. After the rush of dinner and dishes, residents often go down to Hobo Village to hang out with the mayor, Johnny Ray.

The first photo (above) was taken on the fourth of July. Staff members Jenna Pollard and Louis Mielke were singing some songs about wilderness while we all laughed and sang along.

After a fun 4th, it was back to work for the staff and residents. The third photo above shows our daily morning meeting with Will Steger, all the staff, all the residents and of course, Johnny Ray’s retired sled dog Jasper.

The night after work was a calm, soothing evening. Most people were tired after their work day, taking a dip and the lake and hitting the sack. But Jenna and Aurora knew there was still time to get some work done before the sun went down. In the fifth picture you can see them making shelves for the portraits of the past years residents.

– CA

Stay tuned for more Life at the Homestead updates by summer resident Caitlin Augdahl.