Our family began paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the mid 90’s and fell in love with the thrill of the challenge, the amazing wilderness, and the small town of Ely, nestled at popular entry points to the BWCA. We purchased a cabin in 2010, (decided that portaging was getting the best of our bodies) and intend to rebuild it some day. In the meantime, we enjoy the unique architecture of the very traditional A-frame, along with all of the 1970’s decor.
We lead hectic lives in the Twin Cities and look forward to our escape to Ely. I work at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, Ernie is a partner at the law firm of Leonard, O’Brien, Spencer, Gayle, & Sayre, and our two daughters are students. Maddie attends Princeton University and plays on the Princeton Women’s Hockey Team. Meghan attends Totino-Grace High School and swims on the swim team. Bo, well he is our three year old Golden Retriever, and he does just about everything ~and with great enthusiasm!
I hope to share my love of Ely with all of you (The Coolest Small Town in Americe) and hope you do the same with me. Here’s to a shot of Plank and a warm shower at the end of the paddle! Enjoy!