The word pioneer describes the life of Gary Penman. A friend, one that I admired, died yesterday. He made a dramatic impact on my life. And I’m just one of the thousands/tens of thousands of people that he did this to. He single handedly created/built his surroundings to his liking. And, he allowed anyone that came to Northern Wisconsin the luxury to enjoy the fruits of his labors.
I can’t say I really knew Gary all that well. But well enough to know I liked him alot. Something eclectic made him tick. And this was what made him special. He recreated the town of Seeley, Wisconsin. And, built the Sawmill Saloon. This is a place that hundreds of World Class athletes have been to. A place that is a gathering point and melting pot not found elsewhere. This is a place where Elite athletes-cyclists/skiers/skaters, etc. drink beer and eat pizza with loggers and snowmobilers. He did this on his own. I believe for his own quiet entertainment.
There are too many stories and memories to try to relate how Gary bettered so many lives. Below is a link to an article that probably says it better than I. Please click on it and read about his life. We should all strive to live a life as such to be so admired. I will miss having the knowledge that he is up in Northern Wisconsin creating. But feel free to go to Seeley and be awed by one man’s work.