A long string of gorgeous summer weather has everyone on the North Shore in high spirits. After a couple weeks of cool damp weather, the sun, blue skies and 70 degree weather has returned. According to the weatherman it is supposed to stick around all the way through next week! All the visitors coming for the big holiday weekend will no doubt be thrilled. Speaking of the last big summer weekend, we are all very busy in preparation. A massive food order for the restaurant will arrive tomorrow, rooms and cabins cleaned, grounds mowed and cleaned up and firewood stocked. It is a lot of work for sure, but well worth it in the end when you see people of all ages enjoying our resort. The state park has recently cleared and mowed the Pioneer Ski Trail so the hiking and mountain biking conditions are fantastic.
In staff news I would like to thank Chef Dave for stepping in and contributing a great article comparing and contrasting life on the North Shore and Thailand. Matt recently visited Isle Royale with a few friends that came up to visit last weekend. I guess the scenery out there was awesome and the fishing was world-class as evidenced by the massive 13 lb Laker he pulled in. His party also boated 2-10 pounders and three 6ers! We have recently added a new member to our team of front desk associates. We are happy to welcome John Mianowski of Grand Marais to Cascade Lodge. He is a very nice gentleman and very familiar with the area having grown up in Cook County. We think he will do a fine job for us. He replaces Mary Hay, daughter of previous owner Gene Glader. Mary worked at the front desk and as gift shop manager for many years and grew up at the lodge, but has decided to move onto a new adventure. Many of you probably knew her or had spoken with her. She will be sorely missed. Good luck to her and her future endeavors and welcome John!