Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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Watching way too much CNN yesterday I needed a little perspective and peace.  I headed out the door to find some peace and calm outside.  I think I caught that picture below with Birchwood

Birchwood looking warm, inviting and peaceful in the changing colors

Birchwood looking warm, inviting and peaceful in the changing colors

Colors blooming above Birchwood

Colors blooming above Birchwood

I took a picture a couple of days ago from the other side of Birchwood looking up at this tree half changed.  The reds are popping out everywhere.  This picture is dedicated to Rich and Gloria and Kathy, Jordan and Sarah.  Hope this makes your day a little brighter.  The only thing I can’t put into the blog is the smell of fall, you have to come up for that

Poe comment "What is stress? quite watching TV and lets go for a walk"

Poe's comment "What is Stress? Turn off the TV and lets go for a walk"

Colors at the gate still not peak

Colors at the gate still not peak

Colors along the road

Colors along the road

Hope this entry is responsible bringing a little of the stress in the nation down a little bit.  I still think we could hold a summit on the playground with all the players, everyone bring a dish to pass, including George W and Laura, Obama, McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and all the rest of them.  When you are trusting that the casserole made by everyone else is good and you are eating it, it goes along way on trusting someone.

Colors at the lake

Colors at the lake

I figured everyone would appreciate checking out the colors at the lake. I took all these pictures at sunset Sunday night

Medicine Man Joe and Linda enjoying the lake on their dock

Medicine Man Joe and Linda enjoying the lake on their dock

My favorite view of the fallen tree

My favorite view of the fallen tree

Til tomorrow when the colors get better and better

Til tomorrow when the colors get better and better

Did I mention I have 2 cabins open next weekend? and a bunch open up on Saturday the 4th. Anyone that books the ones on Saturday the 4th with a 2 night minimum get mid week rates Saturday night too

Beef A Rama Crew ready for Beef A Rama 2008

Beef A Rama Crew ready for Beef A Rama 2008

Ususally this crew is bigger. Every year they dress up the beef for TJ’s Butcher Block with their antics and costumes. Last year they were the ugliest and funniest cheer leaders ever aloud to put on a uniform. This year I hear the theme is back to PIrates. They are missing their ring leader Tia, but the show must go on and the beef is being cooked

Some Assembly required

Some Assembly required

Those dreaded words are what are required before the steaks go over the fire

Will it look like this assembled?

Will it look like this assembled?

I have no idea I left before they got it together. I did smell grilling steak an hour later. Pictures of the pirate take over of Minocqua coming at the end of the weekend

This tree is in mid change with 1/2 of the leaves changed

This tree is in mid change with 1/2 of the leaves changed

This is the maple tree by Birchwood’s porch. We are at about 40% of the trees changing. Hight of color will be in the next week. There is no better time to be at the resort

Poe the only victim I could find to pose in the picture

Poe the only victim I could find to pose in the picture

With temps hitting 80 today and 70 over the weekend it is a great time to be in the Northwoods. This is the cure for watching too much CNN lately. I am tempted to invite Washington to Black’s Cliff have everyone relax around a campfire and come up with a solution to the Big Bail Out. If they start fighting or shouting Poe can come over and give them one of the same looks that he gives me when I leave the driveway without him.

Loons

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Colors reflecting in the lake

Colors reflecting in the lake

Loons showing winter gray colors

Loons showing winter gray colors

Not the best picture but the best I could get from a distance.  The loons are starting to show their gray winter plumage.  They should be heading out in a couple of weeks for the Gulf of Mexico

Had a special request for screen saver pics from Paul Zaremba this last weekend.  The sunrise cooperated this morning so I took a pic both ways side ways and regular.   Enjoy and I will just add it to Paul’s bill

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine

26 inch Northern

26 inch Northern

In between Muskie fishing, Jimmy Cikowski caught these 2 nice fish last weekend.  They were headed straight for the frying pan

What to do in Retirement?

What to do in Retirement?

Move to Minocqua and get involved with the community by helping to organize the Wife Carrying, Wife Ferrying and Pike Carrying event.  Thanks John!  Beats board meetings and traffic any day

Wife Carrying

Wife Carrying

This weekend it was the 2nd Annual Wife Carrying, Wife Ferrying and Pike Carrying contest in Torpy Park to raise money for Winter Park.  It was quite an event to watch!  This is not a picture of Troy and Jenny!

Wife Ferrying

Wife Ferrying

The wife ferrying was even more entertainging.  The sport of Wife Carrying started I heard in Finland and is just catching on in the United States

Fixing the tunnel from Wife Ferrying collision

Fixing the tunnel from Wife Ferrying collision

John’s couterpart, Linda enjoying her retirement by repairing the tunnel for the next run of Wife Ferrying.  When will Jenny and Troy compete in this event?  The same year John and Linda do

More Wife Carrying pics racing through the water

More Wife Carrying pics racing through the water

My favorite though was the new contest this year Pike Carrying for the kids

Getting ready for Pike Carrying

Getting ready for Pike Carrying

Max seeing how heavy the pike is before signing up

Pike Race off and running.  Don't let the Pike touch the ground!

Pike Race off and running. Don't let the Pike touch the ground

You too could do this

You too could do this

Start training it is only 364 more days til the next Wife Carrying event.

The Lure of the Blackberry

The Lure of the Blackberry

It is the end of the blackberry season in the North and we headed off for one last afternoon to pick for Jam.  We did not get many rasberries this year so we were eager to fill the freezer with Blackberries.  How eager?  Eager enough to share the patch with a bear

How do you know you are sharing a patch with a bear?

How do you know you are sharing a patch with a bear?

There are advantages of sharing a patch with a bear.  They leave trails through the pricker bushes that are rather wide.  Without this help it would be a miserable experience wading through pricker bushes for berries

Bumps in the trail

Bumps in the trail

Sure way to know you are sharing a patch with a bear is the bombs they leave through the patch.

The reason to head into the woods with a bear

The reason to head into the woods with a bear

We happily headed out of the woods without seeing the bear and with another 2 batches of berries for jam.

The great Muskie Hunter finds Crappie

The great Muskie Hunter finds Crappie

Fritz the winner of our ice out contest 2008 is one of the best Muskie Hunters on Lower Kaubashine next to Jimmy and Al was a having a small problem finding crappie. A blonde happened to over hear his dilema and whispered in his ear, Slip Bobber and 12 – 15 feet of water and look what happened

The rest of the catch

The rest of the catch

Into the frying pan

Deer looking for acorns in the playground. Al Cikowski caught these pics of the deer in the playground