About Jen

Writing is my hobby as operating Mountain View Lodges & Gallery is my "day" (and night) job. I write for a variety of publications sharing information about the wonderful area in which we are lucky enough to call home and our adventures here and afar.
Thu Jul 21,2016

Porcupine Mountains a Blog…

July 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

40 lashes with a wet noodle! Yes, I deserve it! I have been woefully lax in doing my blog posts for Mountain View Lodges… For this, I apologize. People ask and I continue to say that I will be writing soon. And then another week, month and even years go by… Where does the time go?

That being the question of the day, I will do a bit of a recap in this blog. We are currently in our thirteenth summer at Mountain View Lodges (MVL), Silver City, Michigan. We moved to begin a new life in the Porcupine Mountains and what an adventure it has been!

When we first came to MVL, Rick, my husband, planted some trees just outside of the space on the property we call home. Now they almost block the view at nearly 30′ high! In fact, […]

Sun Oct 12,2014

Porcupine Mountains again?

October 12th, 2014|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Would we do it again?  Would we chuck our lives and move North to the Porcupine Mountains and run Mountain View Lodges?

Most days the answer is a resounding YES! Don’t get me wrong.  There are times when we wish for something different, or miss out due to the constraints of owning our own business.  For instance, our daughter had a baby a two years ago in June.  We would have loved to have been there.  But, can you imagine, she had her child during peak season?  What was she thinking?  We have had to miss some weddings, graduations or other events that typically take place in the summer months.  But the trade-off has been worth it.

Lake Superior at Mountain View Lodges

There is just something freeing about being in charge of […]

Mon Sep 8,2014

Porcupine Mountains surprises?

September 8th, 2014|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Were there many surprises…Yes and No.  We did our homework.  We researched, wrote a Business Plan, calculated expenses, and explored the Porcupine Mountains area.  We did not expect it to be easy.  We did not purchase Mountain View Lodges so we could “retire” as many have thought over the years.   Every job is work.  Owning a business is even more work.  You do not have the opportunity to leave at 5:00pm and forget about it until 8:00am the next day.  You live it, eat it and breathe it.  Dinner conversations are often more like staff or marketing meetings.  But none of this was a surprise.  Jen’s Dad owned a business he purchased from his father.  So she grew up in the business world.  Customers and co-workers were your friends and family.

Having relocated many times over the last 30 years or […]

Wed Aug 20,2014

Porcupine Mountains Homeschooling

August 20th, 2014|Mountain View Blog|2 Comments

This is Part 2 to “Where does your daughter go to school in the Porcupine Mountains?” 17 and a half

Our baby will be 18 years old soon and we have been homeschooling for many years now.

This fall will begin Karsten’s Senior year.  A year of endings and beginnings.  She has only a few more subjects to complete before graduating and she has been doing quite a bit of thinking about her future.  She decided that she would like to go into Massage Therapy.  Yes, for all regular Mountain View Lodges’ guests, she will need guinea pigs during the learning process! This is a wonderful opportunity for her as she will be able to complete her High School studies and simultaneously complete her Massage Therapy training.  She is very excited about this next […]