It’s funny how a small, random comment can lead to a big step.  A longtime Presque Isle resident recently messaged me on Facebook, asking me to mail some Chamber swag to her.  Her husband is facing some health setbacks and they don’t get Up North as much as they’d like.  Her last line in the message – Thanks so much and please keep posting photos and updates, we miss it so!! – struck a cord with me.  The urge to share my little corner of the world, in some form, is always with me (the force to blog is strong with this one) but for various reasons I’ve put it on the backburner.  Too busy, who really cares, what happens when (and not if) I offend someone?  I’ve written community articles and press releases before, but always yearned to give a more personal accounting of life Up North.

The idea that someone out there might be just plain old be missing the northwoods was the push I needed.  So welcome to what life looks like from ‘Almost an Island’, the French translation of our little town named Presque Isle.  At the very top of the state in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, 77 square miles of lakes, streams, and woodland forests, mostly untouched.  Bordered by Boulder Junction, Winchester, and Manitowish Waters, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the north.  Paradise, in other words!  Combine that with a bit of local information, the latest on the real estate market and where we’re getting fish fry this weekend, and I hope this blog is a fun, informative way to keep in touch with life up north.

Speaking of the real estate market, the Northwoods Association of Realtors released its year to date numbers.  As expected, sales on residential waterfront in Vilas County are up 14.2%, and median prices on residential waterfront are up 16.3%.  The hot price range this summer seemed to be the $250,000 – $350,000 range, with several properties even seeing multiple offers – a problem most sellers would welcome! Well-priced, well-designed homes in the higher price ranges are starting to move as well, but keep in mind that pricing is incredibly important as there is much more to choose from in the $500,000+ market.  That said, we still have buyers looking for their perfect fit!

Today is Halloween, and I’m wishing I could hit rewind on my 17 and 19 year olds and take them trick-or-treating again.  While it’s about 40 degrees and only partly sunny today, the fact that it’s not snowing is a win for most Northwoods kids used to designing their costume around their snowpants.  Despite the small populations our area towns put on a great Halloween for the kids, with trick or treating in town from 5-6pm and the famous Haunted Ice Shanties opening at 6pm in the Fire Barn.

Most of the leaves have fallen, and the topography through the woods catches my eye now.  The deer are definitely on the move, and three wolves were spotted crossing E Armour Lake Rd yesterday, one of considerable size.  I’ve also been seeing wild turkey everywhere!  The lakes are mostly quiet except for the serious musky hunters looking to land their late fall trophies.  There is one last raking to do and wood to be stacked this weekend.  From Almost an Island, life is good!