This past month has been pretty eventful with many different things going on. We had great weather for the Winter Fest. The snow sculptures were nothing short of amazing and the weather was perfect for both sculptures and spectators. All in all it was great to see so many people out and about.
The grandkids are wrapping up some winter sports and activities. Jace had a great year in hockey and has shown tremendous amount of improvement especially his skating. Must be all the skating he is doing in the lodge on his roller blades. Bella is currently at a dance competition and just today won High Gold and 1 of 5 judges awards (out of 50+ kids) in her solo dance. She competes tomorrow in team competition. Mason just wrapped up his basketball season and the Ely JV team went undefeated! 18-0!
The Tinley Park show went very well. Kerry and Sandy made the trip down but cut out a little early to head down to Florida (check out some of the pictures below). Big thanks to Micky Gunther for helping cover the booth! We were able to connect with some of you and catch up on what has been going on over the last few months. We are currently down in Elmwood, IL for a couple days. We hope to see some of you there.
The remaining 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 2/21/19.
Alert: Latest update from the USFS
Boundary Waters Permit Reservations Available March 4, 2019
DULUTH, Minn. (February 21, 2019) Beginning Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9 am CST, the USDA Forest Service will reopen the process to reserve Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness quota permits on Recreation.gov.
“Between now and March 4 we will continue website testing and conducting training with cooperators to ensure the website meets Forest Service and public needs,” said Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins.
As a result of unforeseen technical issues, many people were unable to access the BWCAW reservation process when it opened on Wednesday, January 30. With only a small number of people being able to reserve a permit, the Forest Service halted the process for applying for BWCAW permits, then directed Recreation.gov
to cancel and refund any reservations that were processed.The technical issues with the BWCAW permit sale software have been addressed and additional testing has been completed by reservation system programmers. The USDA Forest Service is confident that the reservation system will function correctly and that visitors will have equitable access to make permit reservations beginning March 4, 2019. Quota permits for the BWCAW may be reserved through the season to September 30.
The BWCAW, located on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, is one of over 3,500 facilities across the country which utilize Recreation.gov