Broker in the Woods: by Close~Converse

Meet Rod & Jody Osterloh of by Close~Converse

There’s no place Potlatch Preferred Brokers Rod and Judy Osterloh of Close-Converse Properties, would rather be than on the lakes or in the woods of Minnesota.

“We enjoy camping and spend a lot of time exploring the Minnesota woods in the heart of the state,” said Rod Osterloh. But recreational land sales have kept them hopping this summer. “I’m not getting enough time on the boat!” he said.

That’s okay, because they still have had plenty of time to spend in the woods with their grandchildren. And while hiking through the woods can be all in a day’s work for the busy brokers, camping offers them time to simply enjoy the outdoors with people they love.

Osterloh said Minnesota is filled with state and national parks and they all have something different to offer, but their destination of choice is often Itasca State Park. “We try to camp there at least once a year.”

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Home to the headwaters of the Mississippi, Minnesota’s oldest State Park features more than 32,000 acres and 100 lakes. A big draw is being able to walk across the Mississippi River at Itasca. “Our grandkids have walked across it,” said Osterloh.

Over the years camping has changed for the family. “We graduated from a tent to a pop-up camper. This year we bought a 30 ft. long camper.”

However, the love of the experience remains unabated. “It’s great to wake up to the smell of sizzling bacon and hash browns,” said Osterloh. “Everything tastes better when you’re outdoors!”

Their packing strategy hasn’t changed much, either. “It always seems like a minor disaster. We just put it all in a pile and see how much we can stuff in.”P1020813

Other favorite camping destinations include Mille Lacs Kathio State Park and Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area. “There’s a fire tower at Kathio that the grandkids climbed and they love to mountain bike the world-class trails at Cuyuna.”   While those activities keep the younger set busy, the adults are content to hike the trails and enjoy the beauty of the North Woods.

Osterloh said, “Camping is about exploring and understanding what this great area is all about.”

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