The Perils of Showing North Country Vacation Homes in March
When you list and show vacation properties, especially during winter and early spring months in the northern United States, doing the job properly requires a certain amount of fortitude.
After packing your car (or SUV) with warm clothes, boots lined with Gore-Tex and Thinsulate, gloves, hats, scarves, an emergency kit and the usual electronic gear (iPad, smartphone, laptop, portable printer), you are ready to venture forth.
But even the most careful preparation for a late winter showing doesn't mean you won't encounter a few surprises. In the case of our trip to Bayfield and Madeline Island on Wednesday of this past week, those surprises began with a winter storm that dumped around a foot of snow on the area.
The Madeline Island Ferry Line shut down of operations for the majority of the day on Wednesday was a reminder that travel in this area can be subject to disruptions and interruptions. You can make all the plans you want, but when there's no "ice road" and the winds and waves on Chequamegon Bay are severe, you aren't going anywhere if the car ferry isn't running!
It's a rare occurence when the Ferry Line is forced to shut down temporarily, even for a few hours. But the crews on these boats are dedicated to the safety of passengers, so folks who travel to and from Madeline Island understand that these rare suspensions of service are a necessity when the weather is bad.