Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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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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Troy and I headed off on a fat tire bike adventure with my sister Katie and husband Bryon.  They love to mountain bike and fat tire bike in the winter.  Bryon knows the trails and is a great guide off we went down the Shannon Trail with them in Saint Germain

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Made it so far.  Our butts are a little sore from all the bumps but ready for more

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Katie leading us out 

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Troy making the corners.  Fat Tires are big and squishy and go through just about everything.  Just don’t get caught in the soft snow

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Shannon Lake out destination.  Bikes can make it out all over the lake

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No time to stop 5 miles of trail to cruise through

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Whew we made it!  Worked off a few of those Christmas cookies.  It is a great thing to try if you have not.  Katie uses her fat tire bike year round in snow and no snow because she likes how it handles.  Definitely something to try if you are in the area.  Chequamagon Adventure company rents out the bikes and has free demo days like this to try them out year round

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Happy New Year from the Northwoods.  We have just enough snow to play in and have spent a week having fun and cleaning cabins

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There has been a lot of ice hockey going on at the lake by everyone in the resort.  My skate box has been well used this week

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Not a lot of snow but enough to have fun and ice

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Penny keeping the resort free of squirrels.  With low snow she can corner pretty good keeping the squirrels on their toes

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We had 13 of us try out the new escape rooms in Minocqua.   They just opened the escape rooms in the downstairs of the gaslight square along with the mini golf.  Lots of fun give it a try when up here

Moments

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We had some snow and unfortunately some rain on top of it.  Jake decided it was time to ice fish.  He headed out in drizzle and did not last too long but had fun doing it

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He fishes as his Grandpa Gibson taught him a comfy chair and watching the traffic.  You don’t know what moments are important in life until the person who creates them is no longer with you.  Always remembered, never forgotten.  This picture makes me think of him and making sure to not miss those important moments in a busy life.  

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Watching for the orange flag to go up

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While Jake was busy fishing other boys were creating their own moments helping Troy clear the ice skating rink from the slush with their friend Michael

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When it freezes it should be in good shape for skating again

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You learn to appreciate a good big rink when you shovel it off 

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Snow was too heavy for the snow blower

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Good job Michael, Ben and Grant!  Moments of friendship

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Now to do a good freeze

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Katie and Bryon have tried to get us to go out fat tire biking with them the last couple of years.  Last night was perfect to try it out.  Temps where in the upper 20’s and the snow was perfect.  Candles lighting up the trail along with all the lights on bikes and helmets made it fun

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This is a fat tire bike.  The wheels are extra big.  Katie uses hers all year round going through sand and snow.  

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Ready to head off on the zipline mountain bike trail.  Bryon and the Lakeland Area Mountain Bike Association keep this trail along with a couple of others in tip top shape year round.  Want to know about the trails just ask Bryon.

Who’s finger is in the picture?  That would be George Callis’s finger who used to own Horhay’s coffee shop in Minocqua who was taking the pic for us

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Down the trail we went.  It is a 2 way trail at times so headlights of on coming bikes along with the candles made it a magical experience.  I took no more pics on the tail as I was spending my time negotiating the winding trail and avoiding trees.  We all said we would love to do it again

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Happily made it back to the trail head.  Bikers were taking breaks and heading right back out on the mile long trail

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And of course a great fire to keep everyone warm

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This is what Weather Channel has for Thursday.  Lets hope they are right!  Wednesday night also had snow in forecast and Friday

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In the meantime we are out playing on the lake.  Steve has developed his own loop around the lake.  He is skate skiing and says the lake rocks right now for skate skiing.  We have patchy snow around the resort but the lake is pretty good right now for skiing and skating.  

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Steve has also marked a temporary winter trail across our swamp.  He recommends snow shoes even in low snow right now as the bog is a little swampy yet but some cold nights should firm it up more.  Cutting across the bog to the orange trail is a beautiful hike or snow shoe.  His dream is to make it year round with a board walk of some sort but has not figured out how to make it yet.  

Hope your Christmas plans are good.  If you need a dose of cold and snow wander up north.  We still have a couple of openings during the week.  I have to date availability now year round on our website www.blackscliff.com and am offering some hot deals over the next couple of weeks.  You can not book online but you can send me an enquiry.  My reservation system does not put the dates you are looking at so please include that in your enquiry message.  

 

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Christmas is right around the corner according to Mack.  Time to get the resort ready for all the guests we have coming.  

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Time to head to the lake to get the ice skating rink ready.  Our hillside has turned brown from the warmer days but the ice is ok.  We still have snow on the ground on top of the resort by the cabins the ground is white except for the hillside

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Troy and Steve making the outline for the rink we will keep cleared off

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One blows and the other shovels

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The rink will be ready!

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Lets hope for some fresh snow in the forecast.  We hear there is a little in Wednesday and Saturday’s forecast

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Fish were biting this weekend.  I had some ice fishermen share a pic of their catch of perch

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Usually we call red squirrels public enemy number 1 for being bad neighbors.  They like to break in cabins when they can and chew on windows, they chatter from the trees and have been known to drop pinecones on people not expecting it.   This little squirrel though we have started to feel sorry for.  We watched him all summer gather up hundreds pinecones in the front yard for his winter food

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Here is the pile he made.  However he has had some interloping free loaders stopping in
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The usually nicer and friendlier gray squirrel.  Sneaking in while the little red squirrel was up a tree

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Getting closer

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Making a dash for the pile

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In comes the little red chasing off the free loaders.  This goes on for hours until a big golden chases them all off

The little red has been running from the pile to the stairwell at Kaubashine we think he is relocating his stash… that is til the grays catch on