I took a “cerebral health” break this morning and did not update the trail reports that I do. Nothing really had changed anyway….and that is what is so sad about the situation. It makes it difficult to persistently update when things really haven’t changed. It “bums me out, man”…that has to be a movie line from some movie and I feel like I’m in a movie, but it is a BAD movie.
Don’t get me wrong; we’ve got guests and they are headed out for their first ride so I’ll have some personal stories for you hopefully tomorrow. I know others that are up here or have been up here for the most part have had a good time. But they came up knowing that the conditions were, as I’ve been putting it, bad, so they were surprised that they actually have found “decent riding”. Not everyone has had to go off from the trails to find that ride, which is a good thing. Too easy to get turned around if you don’t know where you are going.
I’ve heard that the businesses out east are trying to get federal aid because of no snow in their areas! How is that any different than what the Michigan businesses are experiencing?? So far, I haven’t heard of Michigan getting (or trying to get) federal aid because of lack of snow. And the rumors run rampant in our neck of the woods; this business is folding, that business is closing due to lack of businesses, others say that they have to turn everything over to the bank. NOW, AS I SAID, RUMORS RUN RAMPANT AND I DON’T WANT TO BELIEVE ANY OF THIS. I guess we’ll know by spring, huh?
See, it isn’t just this winter that has hurt the U.P. businesses. Tourism in general has been worse and worse each summer, which makes it a whole lot harder to put aside funds to help you get through a lean winter.
And if things aren’t bad enough, we just went out to check the cabins prior to guests arriving tomorrow and a water line had broken in one of the cabins! Talk about a mess! There is even water in the ceiling light! We’ll probably have to buy a new mattress. Dan had to leave to groom so I was left to “deal”. I’ve got blankets and pillows and mattress protectors (the nice fabric kind) to try to get dry. The thermostat for the furnace is bad!!! We had it set at 55°, which is what we set it at when the cabins are not occupied and it only registered 40…which is as LOW as it goes so it had to be colder than that! I’ve got it cranked up to 60 (which hopefully will get it to 50) and hopefully things will dry out a bit. I don’t even know if the plumber guy can come tomorrow. All the lines will have to be drained so he can solder this little hole in the copper line! Or maybe he can put a plastic part on it and just use that stinky purple glue (but I doubt you can do that to copper). JUST ONE LITTLE HOLE AND WHAT A MESS!!! It could have been worse I guess; instead of it being just the hardwood floors,log walls, mattress, bedding, table and the inside of the ceiling light, it could have also gotten into the other area where there is carpet and sleeping bags on the bunk beds. ANYONE WANT TO BUY A BUSINESS????
Anyway, on a happier note; the sled dog races at the Rainbow Lodge ARE on for this weekend and as far as I know the Snow-X races scheduled for January 27 and 28 in Newberry are a go too. AND there is talk of having another Snow-X race in Newberry the following weekend!! YEAH!!!
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