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Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:58 pm
by Stephen
Arriving on the Isle on May 14 and staying for 8 days. Just wondering if the showers and laundry will be available that early when I get ready to leave. I assume no but thought I would ask. Hope the weather is a little warmer then the record cold April we have been having in WI.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:12 pm
by Ingo
Maybe, if you're lucky, but don't count on it.
R.H. store opens 5/25, Windigo 6/5. They'll sell things early (including showers) if/when they have things working and are not otherwise tied up getting opened up.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:27 pm
by Stephen
Thanks for the quick reply. I am starting and finishing from Windigo this trip, so no shower and laundry for me this time.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:21 pm
by Nick
I'd invest in a Sun Shower if you can handle the extra weight (I kayak, so I have that luxury). Showers have never been open when I've been there in early May.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:14 pm
by Rafiki
https://www.rei.com/product/758045/sea- ... ket-shower You want one of these my friend. Combine it with a stove and some boiled water, you’ll be one happy camper. I take a shower every day after I hike. This is my favorite camping possession. It is light too. Not to mention, very affordable. I never leave on a backpacking trip without it.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:31 am
by Stephen
I have one of those Sea to Summit shower bags and it works great. Used it 2016 with unheated water but kept me clean. Last year used towelettes every day but it was nice to take a shower at the end of the trip at Rock Harbor, despite the fact the shower was basically filthy. I saw the cleaning guy take a mop to the showers later and his water looked like chocolate pudding.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:01 am
by Tortuga
What’s there not to love about this? :lol:

Still probably one of the best showers I ever had, in spite of hair clogs, spiders, and standing water

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:05 am
by Tortuga
Also just ordered one of the pocket showers. I’m doing a 12 day trip and the Windigo showers apparently won’t be open yet. I’m taking the rehydrating wet wipes but that won’t cut it for 12 days.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:34 am
by Ingo
Stephen wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:31 am
I saw the cleaning guy take a mop to the showers later and his water looked like chocolate pudding.
I used to have to clean those showers--worst job ever!

I use a small Ruffwear doggie bowl for sponge baths (weighs 1 oz). Or a larger collapsible Seattle Sports bowl on canoe trips.

Re: Are the showers and laundry open by mid May?

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:51 pm
by thesneakymonkey
Wet wipes go a long way and are not as heavy as a portable shower. Although you do have to pack them out and they create a bit of trash. You also want to remember to start with your face then work your way down with the wipe (not the other way around haha :oops:

Although the showers in RH were a little rough looking they felt amazing after 6 days.