Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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Mack and I would like to report that there was a lot of snow, there is a lot of snow and it is still snowing.  Shoveling and shoveling and more shoveling for one of us, the other is concerned about the depth of snow when chasing squirrels

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Demonstrating proper shoveling technique

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Standing under pine trees is ok until the wind goes

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No campfires today

4 cabins left for the weekend

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We had about 8 inches more of snow come in.  It was coming down at and inch to 2 inches an hour in the afternoon

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We had some hungry visitors stop in.  They like to check out the ground below the bird feeders for left overs. 

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Steve having fun plowing

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Morning after with the sun peaking through

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The path to the beach not looking very summer like

We have to cabins left for the weekend Muskie and Wigwam I just put them both on special for groups up to 4 for 180/night.  I have several other cabins on special over Valentines Day if you are looking to escape to the woods with your favorite person 

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Sunday into Monday the Northwoods shut down over ice.  We did not venture out on the roads Monday.  I heard Hy 29 was a mess of semi’s off the road

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Steve did venture out and said he went 10 miles an hour down Lower Kaubashine 

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We just stayed home and skated down the driveway cleaning a few cabins

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Then last night to this morning we received about 7 inches of snow on top of the ice.  

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Four deer are in the foreground by Kaubashine’s parking area.  I have a spot I put vegetable waste in the woods and they were checking it out for scraps

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That was a lot of snow says Bambi

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We have another 8 inches projected tomorrow.  We will see if the bear gets buried

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3 cabins left this weekend and next weekend.  Time to come up and play in the snow now that we have it

 

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After being minus 30 degrees for more days than we would like to talk about last week it went to almost 32 the last 2 days.  Wildlife came out of hiding and so did we

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Cold?  What cold?

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It was actually kind of foggy today.  This is the calm before the storm.  We have a ice storm coming in tonight followed by more snow.  Hopefully we don’t loose electricity

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We might see the end of ice rink with this next round of storms.  Ice with follow up snow is not a good thing for lake rinks.  Our rink I think was run over by ATV’s in the cold.  

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Looking down the cracks through the ice it looks like the ice is about 2 feet thick

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Fog rolling off the lake

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Warm enough that a good roll in the snow is heaven

I just went through our availability calendar for February adding in some specials on our larger cabins where I could especially around Valentines Day.  Check them out at www.blackscliff.com they are labeled as Hot Deals in the chart

We have also picked up several Summer Cancellations which are also in the chart.  Just enter a starting date and page forward to see them pop up

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Mack is reporting today that it is -8 with a windchill he would rather not talk about

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Headed down to the lake and the raft looks chilly no sun bathers today

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Skating rink wind swept with snow

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This is as far as I was walking in the cold.  We expect 3 more days of cold and the temps get much better this weekend

There is a ski race at Winter Park and the Three Dog Sled race is going on in Land O Lakes a sight to see

We have 6 cabins open this weekend if you need to get out or hibernate by a fireplace

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Woodshed well stocked

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Sign it is cold out I cleaned my desk in the house.  This only happens when it is cold out. 

We did get a few summer cancelations our availability is online at www.blackscliff.com

Last night Norway opened June 8 – 15th 1825/week along with Bayview 13130/week and 6 nights on Blackwood June 8 – 14th 1100/6nights

I still have Bear Den 4 bdr 2700/week open July 12 – 19th and July 26 – August 2nd

Kaubashine 1825/week August 10 – 17th and Blackwood August  – 16th 1540/week

We have openings earlier and later in the summer than these dates as well call or check out the website.  Our new availability chart you just enter your starting date and you can see what is open, rate and minimum nights stay.  I have it up to date through October 31st and will add more dates soon

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We have had one and off snow the last few days and it is slowly piling up.  The trees look pretty

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This fat bunny has been munching bird seed under our feeders.  I think he is too fat for a hawk to carry off

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We gathered this last weekend as a family to watch Grant swim at Ripon college for Saint Norbert.  He is thrilled when his mom dangles over a rail to take his pic.  We were happy to see him go under 23 seconds in his 50 free.  Private School Championships this weekend at Carthage College but we will be watching from home and not embarrassing him dangling over rails

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How could he possibly be embarrassed by this innocent looking group.

Swim Fast Grant!

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As I type this heart felt special blog entry I sit with my sister trying to sum up what was so special about Amy Tempel-Hebert, who we both grew up with and knew her entire life.  We lost her this weekend after a long battle with 4 transplants over 5 years.  Amy had a spirit of never giving up and a love of her family and the Northwoods.  She fought to the end and we are all better for knowing her.  The picture above says it all about Amy she had a wonderful laugh and smile that we will never forget.  Katie and I are passing the kleenex as we type this

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Amy and her family came to the resort her whole life.  She meet many friends particularly Leanne Pyfer who were inseperable playing Barbies on the swinging bed.  This led to a legacy Leanne and Amy carried on to their own children.  Lots of laughs and special times over the generations.  

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Katie and I had fun finding old pictures of Amy with her life long buddy Leanne.  Here they are as teenagers on the pontoon boat with their 80’s hair

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Amy and Leanne with their first children Abigail and Delanie.  There is just something special about a bond formed playing on these horse swings 

 

 

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Amy’s first transplants came 5 years ago but whenever she was sick in the hospital she told the doctors she had to be be better by July as she was not going to miss time at the lake with her family and friends.  When you talked with her about what was going on in her life she never dwelled on her problems she lived and enjoyed every minute with her girls and husband Charles, brother Mark, parents Ted and Joey and all the friends she had at the resort, including Katie and I.

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People usually stick to just vacationing with one fixed group at the resort.  Amy came a week earlier than the rest of her friends and family to get an extra week in the Northwoods.  Her easy going personality allowed her to easily bond and become a welcome addition to our 4th of July crew.  Everyone enjoyed her

 

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She was always up for an adventure as long as it included her girls and Charles

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Months away from her double liver and kidney transplant this last summer she gathered the energy to do the zip line in Minocqua.  She was absolutely exhausted and on the couch after doing this but the gleam in her eyes talking about accomplishing this as a quadruple transplant survivor was the highlight of her vacation last summer

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Amy put up her last battle for the last couple of months and the world lost a special person this weekend

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Our condolences go out to her parents Ted and Joey who lost an amazing daughter

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Mark lost his sister who loved to be a part of her life especially making candy sushi

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Charles who lost his best friend and partner

 

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Abagail and Lauren a loving mother

The rest of us lost a good friend who will always be remembered by her Northwoods resort family

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Amy would want us to remind everyone of the gift of organ donation cause it gave her the gift of a priceless 5 more years with her family.  

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It is cold outside but you can find wildlife staring in wondering when they will be let in

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Um no you are not coming in

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Dang off to Hilltop to see if the bar is open

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Meanwhile time to get some things done like cleaning a very dirty sock machine 

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And making some peach wine that tastes like summer

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Lower Kaubashine looking a bit winterish.  We need more snow but have enough to keep the trails going

We have 5 cabins left for next weekend January 25th if you are looking for an escape

Summer deposits are coming in and I have a few openings that have cropped up.  Kaubasbine August 3 – 10th and I believe I might have a couple the week before July 27 – 3rd but working out the details yet.  If you are looking for something those weeks send me an email reservations@blackscliff.com   I will know the next couple of days what is open that week

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These guys have spent 22 years together in Birchwood skiing, watching movies on the wall, making great food, enjoying good drinks, hot saunas, laughing and playing Eucher.  Good and special friendships like these are priceless!  They were happy with the new table in Birchwood perfect for playing cards before the movies started

The secret too all this you ask?

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Brussel sprouts of course

Cheers and here is to 22 more years of all of the above.

Sidenote:  To Gloria, the guys want you to know they took good care of the famous rocker this year and love it as much as you and many others do.  Cheers to Birchwood’s rocker that has a fan club

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We had 4 inches of heavy wet snow come in last night.  This should really help out the trails.  Enjoy the pics

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