Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.

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The snows been piling up outside on the trees.  I have been definitely enjoying the camera on the iPhone 10.  The quality of the pics capturing winter and the trees shows it

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Laughing in Birchwood I found this sign on a screw the guys must have sent through the wall.  One of our guests I don’t know who left some commentary on the wall.  Gave me a laugh as I was cleaning

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Troy has started the fire pit wood pile for next summer.  Splitting wood in the cold is when the wood warms you twice once while making and then again when burning.  He works hard to make sure we have dry wood.  Make sure to know the work Troy puts in keeping the fires going.  

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Steve and Darby putting the final touches on our new building this week.  Lots of screwing and hammering going on.  

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If you are interested in one of Troy’s horse racing games give a call.  He sold all his games but has two new ones almost ready to go for Christmas they are 65 dollars and guaranteed to keep mother in laws, crazy uncles and high energy kids busy at Christmas playing instead of fighting.  

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How do you celebrate the end of the week?  You grab the family and head to the lake

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Bella and Steve ready to skate.  The conditions are perfect to skate all over the lake.  The snow is not too thick and the ice is safe.  Time to fly!

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We use these lake skates.  They have a ski binding and attach to ski boots.  They are like a speedskate with the heel not attached.  Your feet and comfortable and warm and you can fly across the lake.

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My binding was being a pain.  Yes I knit that hat a few years ago.  yes it took a long time and no I am not making them to sell

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Off we go.  It was 4 pm so it was getting dark

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You can see the pattern you leave behind it is long and swooping strides on the ice

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Waaa hooo having fun

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We checked in with an ice fishermen to confirm the ice conditions

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Ok that was fun but I am ready to defrost

Perfect end to a Friday!

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We had a very busy weekend with all of the boys home for Thanksgiving. We did not take the usual Thanksgiving pictures of all our groups as we were on the road to cook a turkey at the nursing home where Troy’s mom is.  It was a special Thanksgiving spending time with her.  If you ever wonder how to pull off a full home cooked Thanksgiving meal at a nursing home see Troy and I. That is what Thanksgiving is all about and one we will not forget.

We also spent our usual time playing games as a family.  We tried out an escape room game that comes in a box. We did solve it in time.  

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I will have this to borrow out of the office, check with me to check it out.  It will not be in the main rec room but in my office to check out

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Christmas lights went up around the resort.  Friday is always a tradition of getting the lights up.  

Ben and Grant enjoy the challenge

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The Our Wisconsin December and January issue just came out.  If you get the magazine or pick one up at most stores in Wisconsin that sell magazines you will find on page 10 – 11….

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The story of the sock machines that I have and the sock shop

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My friend Linda Wrobel asked if she could write a story about my sock machines this summer.  She submitted the article and we got a call 2 days later from the magazine wanting to print the article.  The magazine is written by submitted articles from its readers.  All the photography is also submitted from readers.  Linda’s payment from the magazine is an amish pie baked by one of the monthly writers who is amish.  He writes a monthly article for the magazine about 2 weeks on his farm every issue along with baking a lot of pies to send out to all the selected story writers.  Big thank you to Linda for taking the time to write about the machines and socks

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Back to work for Darby and Steve finishing up our boat barn.  

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Troy was busy filling up the spaces with all the chairs and pontoon boats

Back to sock making as the phone has been ringing continuously for sock orders from the article.  If you are thinking of ordering any socks for Christmas don’t wait the supply gets less each day

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Beautiful Thanksgiving week at the resort.  Snow seems to be sticking around

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Home from college and time to have some fun behind the gator like the old days

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Lets GO!

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Such form!.  Using a water skiing knee board

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Ha Ha I snagged a hat!

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Wa HOOOOOO

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Trying out card board, a shovel and a garbage can lid.  Steve had to jump in too

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The shovel was voted best

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The true winner!

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Time to bring in some wood and warm up by a fire

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Our longest running hunting group the Evans guys led by Grandpa Dan and his son Jeff enjoy all 10 days of the hunt with us.  They have over the years built the deer stands you see along our hiking trails.  They have spent many special moments with Jeff’s sons in the woods enjoying time together over 3 generations hunting together.  Dan is 83 and headed to the woods with a smile on his face

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Phil and the guys are in their 18 year hunting with us staying in Norway.  They are trying out some of our hunting land on our new forty this year for the first time. Hopefully they see some deer

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The Walstad crew led by Rick are in their 4th year enjoying the 10 day hunt through Thanksgiving in Muskie.  

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We have two new groups of hunters both who have in the past stayed in area hotels and are loving the cabins this year.  The Fargo crew will be hunting our swamp 40 for 3 days introducing hunting to the next generation.  

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Smiles say it all with the Welnak crew. No more staying in motels and hunting for this group.  Enjoying Birchwood and getting ready for early morning tomorrow

It was nice to see some younger guys with our groups up participating a wonderful tradition with their fathers and grandfathers.  

Anybody in the Stevens Point area on Sunday stop at the Holiday Convention Center at the Tinsel Trail craft fair where I will have the sock machine whirling around and all the socks for sale.  First time I have traveled out of the Mincoqua Area for a craft fair

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Our boat shed is quickly going up.  It is not small. It will fit all 4 of our pontoon boats along with cedar chairs and ski boat. Excited to get it finished

I am happy to say Bryon figured out my picture sizing issue.  No more thumb print pictures for the blog!

I needed to export them as a custom size not the sizing my mac wanted to make them

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Steve and Darby getting the final pieces of the roof on

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Time to clean jus and get the boats in.  We will be finishing the building weather permitting with ambient windows and big doors 

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Enjoy pics I took at Bear Den with ice across the lake

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I had been eyeing up the iPhone 10 for awhile and yesterday did the dreaded 2 hours in Verizon to go through changing over from the 7 to the 10.  The camera is amazing on the new phone and worth every penny

I still though can’t figure out why the pictures do not size right coming into the blog.  They are either too big or too small….  I think I will have to stop by and see my brother inlaw Bryon and ask him

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My sister and brother inlaw, Katie and Bryon love to head out on the Raven Trail in Woodruff anytime of year.  It is officially their favorite trail in the area.  They shared these pics of their idea of paradise

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Why live in Florida and miss all this… until March, then Florida does look good

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Clear Lake not frozen over yet

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They returned to the trail just a couple of days later and the snow was deeper.  Soon it will be skiing, fat tire bike riding and snowshoeing time.

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They both have fat tire bikes and love flying through the woods in the winter on their bikes.  There are several trails in the area just for Fat Tire Bikes.  The Raven Trail has a designated loop for them

 

Bryon has been busy painting and is an amazing artist along with Katie.  Bryon has set up a shop for people to order prints or merchandise of his art work.  Check out the link above.  Blue Loon is my favorite and it hangs over my couch.  There are also other neat things you can order with his art work on them.  Great Christmas presents

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The Snow has arrived.  We received a couple of inches last night.  The ice is starting to form on the shoreline.  Mack was checking it out and definitely keeping his paws on the shoreline

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Before the snow came the work on our boat barn was getting closer to getting the roof on

The boats are waiting to get under roof before more snow comes

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I have sold my final Christmas stocking for 2018.  My wall of stockings was full this summer but they have all slowly left.  If you would like stockings for your family get on my 2019 list and make your requests.  They are 60 dollars each and that includes the name 

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I have been busy at work on Christmas socks, gloves and headbands.  If you are interested in any email me at reservations@blackscliff.com

If you receive the Our Wisconsin magazine check out the December/January issue for a story about my sock machines and the story of my sock business.  If you want any socks for Christmas I can text pictures of what is done in the size you are looking for and ship them.  With the article coming up and 4 craft fairs don’t wait long for the best selection

 

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It was a quiet weekend at the resort.  Leaves have fallen and the crowds have left

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We filled the weekend with friends.  The Snodgrass and Hixson crew arrived for some fun at The Hazelhurst Pub for fish fry and helping with our new building and heading to the craft fair at the high school with me

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The walls were going up this week with Troy, Steve and Chris Moran working together

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Keeping things straight

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Chris pounding nails and keeping an eye on what Steve is up to

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Why would Chris be concerned about what Steve was doing….  I see no reason for concern here… just a little Northwoods pole dancing

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Then came the real inspectors.  Tom and Murry making sure all was straight

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Tom decided to show off his lumberjack skills he honed in during his years in Chicago traffic.  He may be trying out for The Lumberjack Show next summer

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Meanwhile Murry entered her first craft fair joining me and the sock machine at the High School this weekend.  It was her first craft fair and sure to not be her last

See you all next summer if not before