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.