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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

What does Vinegar have to do with roofs?

What does Vinegar have to do with roofs?

Time for a scientific experiment

Time for a scientific experiment

Why does Muskie grow such a nice patch of moss on it every year.  I have no idea.  We have tried many remedies and even tried ignoring it.  This year we are giving Vinegar a try.  It worked on a parch of poison ivy earlier along with salt.

Steve enjoying the view

Steve enjoying the view

One of the nice things about running your own business is the ability to choose how to spend a warm afternoon in the fall.  We will report the progress on this endeavor as the moss hopefully dies

After being stuck in the house for a rainy Saturday it was time to head out on a Geo Cache

We headed out to a part of the Bearskin Trail I had never been on. We caught the trail down by Pinewood Golf Course South of Hazelhurst about 5 miles. 2 moms, 5 kids and 2 dogs following a GPS .91 miles to the cache.

One maple tree in particular was in full color. Others were just starting to turn

It has not frozen yet so the ferns are still alive and make a big contrast with the bright red leaves

Sign talking about the Bearskin Creek that runs along the trail. That is what makes this end of the trail so pretty. Both sides have water flowing past and the trees are thick almost coming over the trail

Our favorite part was the observation deck that looks out at the Bearskin Creek watershed

Riley finding his own trail. He was in doggie heaven. Poe found something that smelled ungodly to roll in but I did not discover it til 9pm when he laid next to the couch and the odor wafed to my nose. With rain coming down he and I were out in the yard with the garden hose and my coconut butter shampoo. His nose was out of joint still this morning over the unexpected bath but our noses were all much happier.

Cache found and we headed home

If you have only taken the trail from Hazelhurst to Minocqua you really need to try the southern end of the trail it is I think much prettier.