Well here we are.  January 11, 2013 and still waiting for snow!  Can anyone believe that?  I have to say it is wonderful to still be able to watch the waves crashing onto the shore.  But, it is not so wonderful for those snow enthusiasts who are anxious to hit the slopes and trails.  But here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we have learned to make the best of every situation.  There is something to be said for having a few moments to watch Lake Superior turn from churning waters to the stillness of ice.  Some long to watch the grass grow, while others long to watch the ice freeze.  But the respite is short!

winter_03Throughout the months of January and February guided snowshoe hikes are being offered at 1:00 pm on Saturdays at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex and there are lantern lit trails in the evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  We do actually have some snow, just not what we are accustomed to.

We are also fully aware of Mother Nature never letting us down and always providing that glittering white powder at some point.   February is shaping up to be a very busy month!  Telefest will begin on February 8, Free Fishing Weekend will be February 16 & 17 and Snowburst – Winter Carnival 2013 will be February 16.  Plan to spend your weekends in the Porkies throughout the month of February!

If you are not looking for snow and think you would rather be heading to Florida right about now, you are certainly not alone.  However, I have to tell you that if you have not experienced the winter in the U.P. as Lake Superior freezes you have not yet experienced true silence.  And if you have not seen the winter sky you haven’t encountered the true brilliance of our cosmos.  The winter star-filled sky is one of my favorite sights and it just cannot be captured in a photograph.

People often wonder if we get bored living out in the “middle of nowhere” all year, especially in the winter.  But after nine years, I can answer with an emphatic –  NO!  It is the time of year we work on the items for the Gallery, get caught up on paperwork, and reconnect with friends and family we lose touch with during the busyness of the year.

Winter is also a time of reflection and planning.  Each year this is the time we work on various improvements at MVL.  Our goal is to always provide superior lodging and service to each and every one of our guests.  And it is with our guests in mind that we strive to enhance every aspect of the property and add the little special touches to show how much our guests mean to us.

This is also the time of year that the cabins go quickly.  So we always encourage making reservations as early as possible!  And we encourage you to follow the Blog, but also follow us on Facebook!  You will find more up-to-date information by checking in at www.facebook.com/mtnviewlodges.  We look forward to seeing you in your season of choice!

So, it is time to get back to the projects at hand.  We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!