Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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



Well the old red ski boat worked for a day… John Thompson got to take a spin around the lake.  One minor problem….. it only would go in forward….



That allows for some fun in forward but not much else.  We think it is a minor glitch but it was back to….



Taking the boat back out of the water.  You can not start a boat in forward.  Back for a quick trip to see the mechanic for some adjustments on the shifting.  Hopefully minor and we will be tubing and skiing later in the week finally!



Craig caught in the grass volunteering to get in the water to get the boat because we all know…

1958 Craig in boat


This is what he wants to do again.  Yep that is Craig at 15 peering over the side of the boat making a corner

1958 Craig, Nancy Blum, Karen Meyer


The real reason he liked driving the boat….



Back to the drawing board



Temporarily , be back in the lake hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday



Back to the beach, Troy has had a bit of a problem lately….. being stalked by hungry ducks while trying to clean the beach



Lets surround the big guy and demand food..



I heard we are safe here, the dog is afraid to swim.



Attack his ankles!





Maybe Tom at HIlltop has something for us.  This guy only has a broom and knows how to use it



It was an absolutely beautiful start to a July day on Lower Kaubashine.  The lake has cleared out from all the pollen in June and is clear as can be



I am not sure my pictures do it justice just how clear it is right now when the lake is still







An even better beach day.  Little Sydney was enjoying her first summer at the lake



Everything is fascinating and needs to be touched and figured out



Little Emerson was also ready to enjoy the beach with Grandma Jeanine.  Wonderful day at the beach



But sometimes it is time for a nap on the swinging bed like for Little Lauren to be ready for the next trip to the beach with her dad Charles.. or was that a fishing trip for the elusive muskie?



Summer is warming up more and more and the beach has been the place to be.  I caught this pick before anyone had woken up yet this morning.  These chairs will be full by noon



The lake is beautiful this time of year.  The pollen has washed out of the lake and the shallows are clear as a bell.  I looked for some fish to take pics of this morning but none cooperated





Ready to go fishing



Flowers are in bloom at the lake



Hillside has a ton of what I call camper’s leaves.  I will let you figure out why I call them camper’s leaves..



Look at the smile of our high scoring pinball king last week!  Yeah!  8 balls for a dime is the best way to learn how to be a pinball champ.  His family will be chasing his record again next year



Quick reminder the Chu girls will be here in 2 weeks and collecting all the pop tops for Ronald McDonald House.  I will be giving them the pile people have been bringing me year round.  You never know how great an orgainization like Ronald McDonald is until you need it.  We will be collecting tabs for the girls year round again.  You are welcome to being them up with you  anytime you come or send them in the mail.

Troy and I spent a week at Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield with one of our boys and will be always in their debt for the help we got from them when we needed it.  Besides who can not collect tabs with such great girls collecting them



If you see a box like this in your cabin during the year it is from the girls, feel free to put your tabs in or bring to me



Back to enjoying the lake…




It has been great beach weather.  We have had many visitors having fun in the swimming area.  Even the green kind……



The noodles are out and the fun is being had from adults to….



Lauren who scooped up more water than her mom Amy could believe.  She kept the mud flowing and the sand castles watered



Big sister Abigail has not spent as much time at the beach as she has with her dad Charles fishing.  Abigail is using her first open reel casting rod.  Way to go Abigail!



Abigail, Delaney and Izzy all 7 practicing their casting skills on separate docks.  Looks dangerous to me and I kept my distance but all went well



Parents on shore watching and waiting to see where they were needed



Izzy came up with the first bluegill of many the girls caught



Back to relaxin with the lake breeze as the summer goes on



4th of July means one thing at Black’s Cliff, time for the annual Roy Tungett horseshoe tournament.  Mr Tungett could not join us this year and it put a bit of a damper on the tournament without his family there as well, but the show went on.  We all wish Mr Tungett a speedy recovery



The partners and brackets were set for one of the biggest tournaments we have had.  Time to do the “Pole Dance”



We hold the tournament at Hilltop the other resort down the road.  They have awesome pits and even better beverages and ice cream



Let the fun begin!



Of course there is no true tournament without a coveted prize.  This is what we play for the lamp and bragging rights



Excitement started the tournament as Sarah got a ringer!




Others like Kelsey come for the Ting soda and fries as they watch the festivities



Graham and his sister Amelia are fans of the ice cream.  Mary Ellen makes great oreo blizzards



I got Rich for a partner.  One of the best Pole Dancer’s we have in the tournament



The grounds keepers and officials Chris and Trevor kept it all neat and official.  No arguments about points or ringers.



Our first game against Kim she pulled off this leaning pair



Rich informed me we could win with a ringer and guess what happened…  Sorry Kim, no lamp for you this year…



Back to having fun.  Many will remember Dawn who stayed at the resort for many summers in the late 70′s and early 80′s keeping an eye on Katie, Steve and me.  Dawn always shows up for the tournament with her husband Buck.  Dawn has a record at the resort.  She is the high score winner on the pinball game.  She flipped the game over twice one year scoring over 200,000 points on the machine.  A feat that has never been topped.



The tournament wears on



Some take a cat nap waiting for the semi finals to start



Faithful grounds keepers and grounds keeper and scorer in training Trevor in the background.  Trevor is taking notes on all the rules of horse shoes



We had husbands going against wives.  Alaina vs. Eric.  Just as this picture was taken Eric had to move quickly as Alaina threw her first shoe which almost rang Eric’s foot



Eric throwing back



Much discussion and a ruling by Chris, Alaina comes out winning and moving on



All is fair in love and war.



The final came down to Rich



and I against…



Sarah and…



Will.  Will was excited to be in the final game.  He had played in the tournament for 21 years and never made it to the finals.  His name along with a few other long running non winners had made it on the infamous pony plaque.  Will knew that just making it to the final he had won and would be taking his name off the pony plaque this year



And who went away with the winning lamp…… yep Rich and I



Rich was thrilled to bring it to his cabin and leave it for the year in Muskie Inn.  Gloria his wife was not so sure about it and it looked great on the stump



Now time to get ready for the rest of the festivities.  The resort wide cook out.  Everyone on the playground with a dish to pass and meat cooked at 5:30 sharp!  Bob and Kyle getting the grill going and relaxing after the tournament with Mack



Mack was in 7th heaven when Bob discovered the right spot to itch



The food bar was set up…



The corn bar was open along with the magical pitcher of melted butter floating on top of hot water to dip the corn in



Time to eat!.



There was one thing that did need to be done during the festivities.  A toast to Mr Tungett and the rest of the family with some Sambvca and orange slices.  Linda is smiling somewhere as everyone made a face and downed the concoction



Here is to many more years of the Roy Tungett Horseshoe Tournament and friends and family gathering together



After the toast there was a ceremony to remove Will’s name from the pony plaque.  Congrats Will!



Now that everyone has left and last weeks festivities have come to an end and a new group is in the resort for their own traditions and time together, Char and Karey are trying to figure out how Muskie Inn came into possession of such a unique table lamp….. To be continued in 2016




Charlie aka, Charles, is one of my favorite resort dogs who visits.  He is absolutely obsessed with balls.  I have seen him dig in 3 feet of snow to find his ball and always comes back with it.  That is why I was so sad to hear he got diabetes  and lost his eye sight.  How would Charlie enjoy life without being able to see his ball?  I should not have ever worried, Charles, is very resourceful and where there is a will there is a way



Amaanda and Chris dunk the ball in some horrible smelling solution and Charlie sniffs it down.  Once in awhile running into a tree, but he finds it



Working  back and forth, back and forth



Yeah I found my ball!



I will give you the ball back but only if you promise to throw it again for me!



Eye sight or no eye sight he is a happy, happy dog with a ball



Summer is in full swing.  Temps are up and the beach is the place to be



There is a chair calling your name



If you are in the under 12 set, it is definitely the place to be



Just Chilling, like Julia



Or racing down the slide like Amelia



Or if you are like Holdon, hanging out with grandpa.



If you are a resort dog, it is time for a nap while watching all the activity waiting for…..



Someone like Kelsey to come by and bring a snack



Or finding a cookout going on to try out his skills at begging

Summer is in full swing



For anyone who needs a nice sunset pic.  This was awesome!



I stopped by the fish house to see what Rich and Eric were catching



Not bad, they have found the crappie and a nice bass



The Theil family was also out having fun with bass.  Colin and his dad Chris spent a fun few days on the lake.  Just happy Colin made it to the bus on time to get back to Chicago.



It was maybe 60 degrees yesterday.  Linda is our most die hard sun bather and has perfected goose pimple sunbathing.  It the sun so much as peaks out she enjoys it.  Otherwise she sits back wrapped up and enjoys the view



Other people were getting real goose pimples.  Jake, Troy and Grant got in the water to raise the dock up.  60 degree days are good for finding no one on the dock to make this task easier to do, but getting in the water was hard



You know  you can put the camera down and come in and help us……



Nope I am perfectly  happy to watch from the side lines.  You know it is only 60 degrees…..



Meanwhile Tom and Rich were out fishing and found a nice bass down in the bay by Hilltop



At the Saint Germain Flea Market I found this new fun game for the office, yard Yahtzee.  Stop into the office and borrow the game if you want



Today is a new day and the sun is out and I hear 70′s are back in the forecast.  No more goose pimples I am hoping



Calm before the storm.  Minocqua is building up and getting ready for the chaos of the 4th of July.  The roads are getting busier, lake busier and the grocery store definitely busier.  But it still has its quiet moments



Mack manages to find those moments for a nap.  The ruff life of a resort dog



The grills have been starting up, and campfires at night



Looking more and more like the 4th of July.  We went over to  Saint Germiane yesterday to enjoy their early fireworks, always the Sunday before the 4th.  Half of the resort came with us.  Great pre show music.  Rich and Gloria polkaing in the back



Just glad to resort calls came in telling us there was a problem with a septic or someone did not know how to use their DVD player






Boom and more Booms



Happy early 4th everyone!

1958 Mr. Blum, Dick and T


From a 4th of July years ago 1958… anyone recognize the chair in the middle?  T Taylor, Dick Buring and Mr Blum.