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Sometimes I wonder if anyone is out there reading the blog or if they really need one more picture of trees and snow and then I get a nice card like this from someone that does not even stay at the resort but just checks in to see what is going on at the lake and the Northwoods

Hi Jenny

Thanks for putting together the beautiful calendar.  It made a great gift for Harrold and Yvonne.  they love the lake.  I enjoy the many photos you post to your website.  Thanks for keeping everyone who can’t be at the lake full time informed and entertained

Happy New Year

Carol

Thanks Carol you made my day!

New Snow came down last night

New Snow came down last night

Well it was not a ton of snow about an inch with another inch to come today.  It was pretty look at in the trees

New snow

New snow

While outside the chickadees were very active dive bombing me by the bird feeders

Taking a picture of flighty Chickadees was a challenge it took about 5 attempts for each of the above pictures

Even with the rain/mist/sleet we kept most of our snow.  It is a bit crusty, but I am sure the snowmobile and X country groomers are chopping it up to make it not excellent conditions but good.

Finally made it to Radio Shack to get a new camera cord.  Christmas seems to have eaten up my old one… Finally getting to upload a few pics from the storm on Friday

Favorite Pic

Favorite Pic

I like the perspective of this picture.  I looked through the juncture of a tree at a huge Red Pine on the otherside.  Things lined up nicely.  Fresh snow from the Friday storm

Muskie Screen Saver pic

Muskie Screen Saver pic

Bayview in the snow

Bayview in the snow

Steps snowed in from the wind and snow

Steps snowed in from the wind and snow

View at Dog Beach

View at Dog Beach

Screen Saver pic of the shoreline on the other side of the lake

Screen Saver pic of the shoreline on the other side of the lake

Boats buried in the snow

Boats buried in the snow

Red Squirrel Hang Out

Red Squirrel Hang Out

Red Squirrels are going to get a rude awakening when they see the Christmas Present Ben got.  A Red Rider Daisy BB gun…  Hey kid don’t shoot your eye out… or your brothers

We did get some melting in the mist and light rain on Saturday but we have 4 – 5 inches of fresh snow coming in tonight.  I hear the South lost their snow and have Thunder and rain coming in tonight.  I still have a variety of openings over the next week so give a call if you need to escape and enjoy the New Year.  The sauna is rocking with Crazy Russians and skiers.  I have not found underwear in the snowbanks or Vodka bottles at the beach so it is pretty tame this year, but I think I will stay out of the sauna

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

It feels a lot like Christmas in the Northwoods.  Families have started to arrive to enjoy the holidays.

The Dunton Family and Bandit too

The Dunton Family and Bandit too

John and Maureen and their girls have decked out Norway complete with a beautiful Christmas tree.  Maureen’s family has long ties to the Cliff.  Her dad Edward Cockrin came first in 1948 shortly after Maynard bought the resort.  Edward returned after not being at the resort for years about 15 years ago at the age of 90.  He was so happy to see the resort he remembered still there for his family to enjoy.  Edward sadly passed away shortly after that but Maureen and John started their own tradition at that time and have been coming up with their girls enjoying the place that ment so much to their grandpa

They also want to wish a Merry Christmas to Brian on the USS Rodney Davis out in the Pacific who was not able to join them this year.  Next year hopefully he will make it

Ready for Christmas

Ready for Christmas

I loved Maureen’s stocking hangers.  I usually just had small screws in my mantel to hang the stockings  I loved the hooks Maureen used

And to all a good night

And to all a good night

Following the snowplow down the road

Following the snowplow down the road

The snow plow was making the snow fly down Lower Kaubashine.  The last few days have led to enough snow to stop Grandpa Gibson from leaving.  He finally made it off this morning.  The snow has given us plenty to play in

Snow hill at MHLT elementary school

Snow hill at MHLT elementary school

The best sledding hill in the area and it is free.  Kids enjoying an afternoon of sledding at the big hill

Ready to head down the hill

Ready to head down the hill

Pure fun

Pure fun

Better than math any day of the week

Better than math any day of the week

Boot Hockey on Lower Kaubashine

Boot Hockey on Lower Kaubashine

Kids driving you nuts on Christmas break, send them outside armed with brooms and a ducktaped hockey puck

I GOT IT!

I GOT IT!

I had all of the calendars from my 1st order spoken for and have had a few more requests.  I am going to make a 2nd order tonight.  Anyone want any?  They are 18 each for one calendar and if I am shipping more than one 15.

Send me an email at info@blackscliff.com by tonight

What is this?

What is this?

Cutting edge fishing technology in a bucket.  What is in this bucket could change fish cleaning forever….

The inside of this wonder machine.  I thought it looked like an ice cream maker.  Grandpa Gibson saw this in action last winter on a lake to the south and took all the dimmensions and spent the first part of the winter in the garage putting it together.  Now it is time to test it out

What is this orginally used for?

What is this orginally used for?

This is the inside of the scaler.  Question is what was this orginally made for before Grandpa got ahold of it and punched all the holes in it.  I will give a hint that it was purchased at the most useful store in the world Fleet Farm

The middle paddle another recycled item

The middle paddle another recycled item

Any good contraption involves a power tool

Any good contraption involves a power tool

Insert fish into contraption, hook up a drill, run for one minuted and…..

Pan Fished nicely scaled

Pan Fish nicely scaled

Fish ready for cleaning

Fish ready for cleaning

Contraption works and grandpa is happily headed back to the garage for whatever he can dream up next.  I hear the ice shack needs a 3rd seat will there be a remodeling of the ice shack?  That will have to wait for later in the winter for icefishing trip number 2.  You never know what will come out of the garage work shop

In other news this dandy Crappie was caught by Troy.  It came in just under 13 inches.

Cold

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-10 below looking out the window through the frost

-10 below looking out the window through the frost

Sunrise in the pines

Sunrise in the pines

View from between the lakes

View from between the lakes

I had to stop in at a neighbor’s plowing and snuck down to take this picture.  I was right between the big part of the lake and the smaller side a few doors down from the wagon wheels

Ice fishing at Sunsent

Ice fishing at Sunsent

Grandpa Gibson reported crappies in the cold.  He had the camera down and spotted them by the 5th hole.  Fish dinner I hear Friday night

With the cold temps the lake is snapping and booming sounds like a base drum

Note to Paul, your screen saver is coming tomorrow with the new snow

We woke up this morning to the automated phone message from the kids school tellling us school was called off due to transportation issues.  Looked out the window and it was minus 15 with a wind chill much below that

Sunrise in the cold

Sunrise in the cold

It is as cold as the picture looks along with the wind

Too cold for ice candles?

Too cold for ice candles?

We started making our first batch of ice candles for the year.  They froze much thicker that I would have liked.  They did not freeze all the way through and we still managed to drain some of the water out for a really thick walled ice candle.  Stop and see Troy if you are in the area they are the only Christmas shopping he does

Bearskin trail groomed and set up

Bearskin trail groomed and set up

The last of the deer hunting closed last weekend and the Bearskin is now open to snowmobiles.  I am not sure if all the lakes are marked for safety but the trails are all open.  I am sure after this cold snap the lakes will firm up for snowmobiles in time for Christmas

Need to escape the relatives for Christmas, give a call I still have a few cabins open relative stree free.

Lower Kaubashine with fresh snow

Lower Kaubashine with fresh snow

Heading back from coffee and plowing out Steve Sunday morning Lower Kaubashine was a picture post card with the pines loaded with wet sticky snow

2 figures spotted in the snow

2 figures spotted in the snow

Grandpa Gibsona nd Troy drilling the 1st holes of the season

Grandpa Gibsona nd Troy drilling the 1st holes of the season

Setting up Ice fishing camp.  10 inches of ice was the report from Marv and Troy

Time for some fishing!

Time for some fishing!

Fish Cam

Fish Cam

Grandpa brought along Fish Cam to see what was going on under the ice

One way of entertaining a 9 year old

One way of entertaining a 9 year old

This is all fun and games til you scare the 9 year old with what is in Lower Kaubashine

Insert Jaws music here

Insert Jaws music here

See ya next summer

See ya next summer

Missing pic was when the Northern swam right up to the camera with a great head shot checking out the camera

Happy to catch little fish

Happy to catch little fishThe big catch

Coming next Grandpa’s new invention..  Stay tuned