Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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Steady rain this week with the colors.  Thankfully it should be drying out next week a bit.  It was time to close down the beach and put things away

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Penny sad to see her swimming hole closing up shop

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Steve happy to close up shop before he cold comes and no more wet swimming dog jumping in his car

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Deflating the water tramp

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Docks looking bare with out the paddle boats and pontoons

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Time to warm up by the fire before taking in the rest.  

Stay tuned for the big project of fall.  Involves a long receipt, a back hoe and a skid steer to start with

 

Taking a short walk through the woods on the red trail anytime of year is great.  The fall though is the best

Enjoy these pics taken this afternoon

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I took a spin around the lake in the old ski boat with Joanie and John Nolan to see the colors stopping at the point and running into Jimmy and Fritz Cikowski fishing on the lake.  Enjoy the pictures

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I am importing these beautiful maple pictures larger than I have in the past.  I have had trouble with my iPhone importing pictures to small to my computer and my computer exporting them to the blog on the small side.  click on the picture if you can not see it in full size.  I hope you enjoy

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We had a beautiful and busy weekend in the Northwoods.  The warm temps have made for some beautiful sunrises on the lake

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We started out the weekend with a great fish fry with friends, Gloria and Rich Snodgrass at the Heart 2 restaurant in Arbor Vitae.  It is really a good fish fry if you are looking for a new place to go.  They have the usual cod along with walleye and perch.  Deep fried, baked, lemon pepper and cajun are the options

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I went cajun walleye and was very happy with it.  Just 15 minutes from the resort

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Then we were off to a wedding of Dawn and Buck Cass’s oldest son John in Appleton.  Dawn many remember from the last 70’s and 80’s who worked at the resort for many years.  She possesses the highest pinball score ever seen at over 200,000.  The wedding was a great time with friends and a bit of dancing.  Be careful of ever playing the song Cotton Eyed Joe near one of the people in this picture because what happens to her feet.  Not saying who

Big Congrats to John and Molly Cass on their life together from your family in Minocqua.  Thanks for including all of us on your big day it was very special

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Bella received her first subscription request for her Black Family Magazine.  She is all smiles and is contemplating her next issue.  The next one I am told will be a  Thanksgiving edition complete with her favorite recipes of holiday food and a list of warm stuff to wear.  Always entertaining are the side bars where the stars give their commentary.  If you would like one sent to you send 5 dollars to:

Bella Black Editor Black Family Magazine PO Box 125 Hazelhurst WI 54531

She also likes letters to the editor for article ideas or just letting her know you are enjoying her magazine.  I hear the next one will be the Christmas Edition after that

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It has been raining this week but a few peeks of color have started

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Our family headed out for a Night For Wildlife this week.  Katie and Bryon are on the board of the Northwoods Wildlife Center and have put a lot of time into the center this year.  The Northwoods Wildlife Center was the first Wildlife Hospital in the state 39 years ago.  Our mom Trudy also spent a lot of time helping with those first years of the center.  Things have come full circle now with Katie and Bryon lending their efforts to wildlife

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Bryon did this beautiful painting for the event.  Blue Loons was auctioned off.  Bryon wanted to do loons a different way and did them swimming underwater.   It was an amazing painting for great cause.  Bryon is looking into getting prints made of this painting and you may see them for sale in the Loony Bin.  

Congrats to Katie and Bryon for making a difference in the Northwoods

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and thanks for inviting us to join you.

Katie is always recruiting volunteers for Wildlife Events so watch out if you say you have free time.  

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We had a busy weekend with the Tomahawk Fall Ride in the area with Harleys.  We had lots of Harley stop in.  This crew from the Chicago area has made it a tradition

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We snuck off for a day in Green Bay at the Viking Game.  It was awesome!

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Jake and Troy got their green and gold on to head to the stadium

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Back to the resort and back to work

Dog Park Beautifcation.  One of our cedar swings needed retirement and they had an idea to reuse the seat

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Perfect spot out at the dog park

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Steve has also carved out seats at the park out of my friend Sue’s tree that came down in a storm.  Sue was happy to see the tree used for something other than wood

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Colors are starting to pop.  We have a couple of cabins left for the weekend if you need an escape

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We have hired a new writer for her first foray into being published.  Steve’s daughter Bella has started the new Black’s Cliff Magazine.  She is writer, editor and publisher (publishing with a little help from dad at the copy store).  Bella’s first edition is hot off the presses and can be picked up in our office area.  If you are lucky it is hand delivered to your cabin by the publisher after school

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Stay tuned for the Winter, Spring and Summer editions.  She loves letters to the editor if you take the time to read the magazine turn in a comment or two to the editor letting her know you enjoyed her magazine

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In other news the locals have been stopping in each evening for a dinner of acorns on the playground

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Lots of great campfires this week

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The Jung’s hanging out missing the rest of the family but enjoying quiet moments with their friendly visitor who did not notice the locals on the playground yet

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We took Mack on a geocache adventure.  The resort has gotten a little quiet so we have escaped on a few adventures

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We headed off after 8 caches on the Awassa Trails in Saint Germain.  They are right behind the Saint Germain School and Flea Market area

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When we go caching people wonder what we are looking for that have not cached before.  Here is one of the caches we found on the trail using our phone Geocaching app.

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We signed the log book and put the cache back in the container

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Down the trail to find 7 more caches with our Geo Dog

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Stay tuned for more fall adventures.

Mack, Troy and I took a day trip away from the resort to the Presque Isle River that dumps out into Lake Superior.  It was a beautiful trip a little less than 2 hours from the resort on the western edge of the Porcupine Mountains.  If you are looking for a nice day trip from the resort it is perfect with a stop or two in Ironwood for a pastie and Dan’t Antique shop.  Enjoy the pics

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