Memorial Day Weekend, Start of Summer in the Northwoods, COVID, & More.

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Sharing my annual Memorial day post tonight, my thoughts drift to some of the concerns, anticipations, and conflicts in the Northwoods this year.

So many businesses rely on the tourists to pump cash into our economy, unfortunately many fear what those folks from the South will be bringing with them this year.  A plague that most rural hospitals are ill equipped to handle.

We can hope that those who are sick will stay home in Milwaukee or Chicago, or the Twin Cities.  Unfortunately most of the vectors of this disease will not know that they are sick until thousands of others have received the little gift they will leave behind.

I have seen many friends on fb already complaining about the tourists failing to wear masks, or practice responsible social distancing.  Many have vowed to stay in their cabins until fall and avoid trips to town at all costs, I hope that they can.

The owners and employees of the thousands of taverns and tourist businesses are anxiously awaiting the visitors since their businesses depend on them. 

I hope that they all survive the onslaught of tourists. 

Unfortunately, many of the owners of these businesses are older people who retired and moved up north to start businesses in the places where they previously enjoyed visiting back when they were tourists from the cities.

It saddens me to know that throughout the summer we will read of many of these people, and their families, who did not survive the gifts left behind by their customers.


Stay safe everyone, and insist that everyone around you practices safe hygiene and distancing.  ALWAYS!!



Memorial Day Weekend, the Start of Summer in the Northwoods, and More.

Well it’s the eve of that weekend that many people up here wait for all spring, Memorial Day.

The roads are packed with happy tourists northwoods bound, with trucks, campers, ATV’s and all the toys of summer.

A few foresters at WMS are going to be busy this weekend too, visiting with clients who are making this exodus to the north to visit cabins that they don’t see too often.

It is a joyous weekend for many as they celebrate the end of snow and though the lakes are still a little too cold to swim in, they are nice to look at, paddle a canoe in, and maybe even catch a few fish in.

Today people in our area are getting ready to plant corn in the garden, I am a little apprehensive about planting this early since we are likely to get a few more frosts, but with as hot as it was today it is hard to imagine any frost. 

Certainly too hot for me as I was kind of wishing for that snowbank that a friend from Alaska posted on his Facebook page last night.  I am not sure how my friends in the southern states can handle more than a three month summer, since I was ready for more snow after an hour.

Whether you like the hot summers or not, it is time to get acclimated and ready to enjoy a few months of summer fun. 


While enjoying this first taste of summer this weekend, take a little time to remember what Memorial day is really about, not the day off of work, not the introduction to summer, but the many heroes who have given their lives so that we can enjoy all of these gifts.

Take a little time to participate in one of the many ceremonies hosted by the American Legion or VFW and pay respect to those fallen and often forgotten heroes in your town.












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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

A great post about this weekend.  Pity, a lot of people use it as a holiday, not thinking about the countless lives that were lost ,to give us the freedom we enjoy

May 23, 2020 02:50 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Time will tell if your vision comes true. Unfortunately I agree with you! Enjoy your day and stay safe.

May 23, 2020 04:53 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Our area gets a lot of tourists also. On June 1st, rules regarding quarantines will end, and tourists will be welcome. We've had the 2nd lowest confirmed cases in the nation (only Alaska had fewer). I have a feeling that's going to end soon.

May 23, 2020 06:11 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob Crane - we certainly hope all the folks in the cabins are safe and want to remember those who gave their lives for their country.

May 23, 2020 06:53 AM #4
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I certainly hope your area stays healthy, especially you and your family and thank you for the reminder of what Memorial Day and this weekend is all about

May 23, 2020 07:37 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob,  This will be  a unusually Memorial Day for so many of us, but better to state in small groups and wear mask!

May 23, 2020 09:00 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bob Crane - I certainly can empathize with you on the tourist thing. If they were just a little more respectful of our area, we would welcome them with open arms.  Since COVID, a lot of the parking has been eliminated so that tourists can't just park anywhere they want to go hiking.  This has kept many from coming up here for fear of getting their cars towed away. I hope your Memorial Day is wonderful and full of good thoughts about those who have fought and died for our country. 

May 23, 2020 01:32 PM #7
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

You are right Bob Crane Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the Summer, but this year is very different everywhere. Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you too

May 23, 2020 05:42 PM #8
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

This Memorial Day will certainly be different. It's not really the start of summer for kids, because they have been out of school since spring break. The pools aren't open as they usually are, and there is no Memorial Day parade scheduled. I am ready for things to go back to normal!

May 23, 2020 09:12 PM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Bob Crane 

May 23, 2020 09:21 PM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob this will be a much different Memorial Day than in the past, but hopefully the respect for those who we honor on this day will not change.

May 24, 2020 12:37 PM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It must be tough when so many people feel the need to drive to the remote areas for the weekend.  I'm so glad I live on a little island.

May 24, 2020 03:53 PM #12
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