Since 1972 Diana, and then John, later a married couple in 1978, have been camping and enjoying Okontoe Family Campsites. It’s the summer of 2021 now and we’ve just finished another great trip there. The fishing, the local hiking trails, and the friendliness of the camp staff have provided a life-changing experience that we still enjoy today, as have our four children. We have years of fond memories playing guitar and singing around the campfire with family and friends. It’s been a home away from home right near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area off the Gunflint Trail.
My Okontoe journey began the summer of 1987 when Mark invited me to be part of the counseling staff for DC Camp. I was fresh out of college and ready for a summer in the woods. I didn't know it would help steer the course of the rest of my life! I fell in love with the Boundary Waters area, canoe trips, the Gunflint Trail, the North Shore, the Patten family and Okontoe. I married Nick Brodin in 1992, who'd been going to Okontoe since he was young with his family and through DC Camps. Our three kids grew up spending several weeks of every summer at our lease site there, and now they love Okontoe, too 🙂 It's been a joy and pleasure to be able to serve this wonderful ministry in many ways, and to be connected to so many amazing people through it.