Well the weather this past month has been filled with some very cold days especially as of late. In the past 23 1/2 years we have lived in Ely there has only been just a handful of times they have closed school because of weather/temps. Just this past week Ely schools were closed for four days due to extreme cold temps of -35 or colder. Heard one report of -71 with windchill a couple of days ago.
The kick off Winter Fest is approaching fast and we are already seeing at least one snow sculpture (see pics below) take form around town. The snowmobile Fun Run was a couple of weeks ago and for at least the second year in a row it was a cold one. Temps that day were in the negative but the turnout was great and folks still had a great time riding or driving to each destination.
Tiffany and Jace both had birthdays this past month. Jace is now 7 and is really getting into hockey and his skating has dramatically improved. It was fun to go watch his first hockey tournament a few weeks ago. Mason is having a great basketball season and the JV team is undefeated so far this year! Bella is busy with dancing and singing. She has been honored to sing the national anthem for a couple of the local sporting events this year.
The Schaumburg show was a little slow this year primarily due to the weather. We were able to connect with some of you and catch up on what has been going on over the last few months. To be honest it’s one of the things we look forward to most this time of year. We will be heading back down to Tinley Park, IL for our next sport show on 2/9. If your in the area stop on by we would love to catch up with you. Chad will be at the show as well and will have a seperate booth for Deer Ridge Resort and The Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast. We would love to see and visit with some of you there.
The upcoming sport show schedule is:
Your friends up north,
Kerry and Sandy
P.S. White Iron Beach Resort will no longer be a permit cooperator due to changes being made by the USFS. There are many outfitters in town like Voyageur North and Spirit of the Wilderness to name a couple which can issue permits for you, along with the folks at the USFS office across 169 from the Wolf Center. For the 2019 BWCAW quota permit season, all permits for all entry points will be available on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Permits may be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling the reservation line at (877) 444-6777. If you have any questions about how this may impact the way you have ordered or have had permits issued in the past please do not hesitate to call us.
P.S.S. Latest message from www.recreation.gov site regarding BWCAW permits posted on 1/30/19 at 11:00 AM.
Due to technical difficulties, reservations for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are closed. We are diligently working to correct the problem. Please check back for status updates. We will give advanced notification of at least 48 hours or more prior to the system going live.