Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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Maybe sort of.  As I am typing this blog entry I am connected to someone’s highspeed Wild Blue.  Some neighbor of mine is broadcasting wireless I do not know who, but periodically I pick up the signal especially on clear days.  I am sure the signal is stronger in other areas of the resort.  There will have to be some experimentation to see what cabins fall under the wireless umbrella.  So if you have a computer turn it on at the resort and see what happens you just might have connection.  Who is the mystery person in the neighborhood with Wild Blue…. no idea but my computer is humming with highspeed at the resort and I am soaking it up!

What could be at the postoffice?

What could be at the postoffice?

I heard a rummor that something was arriving from the southern realm.  I was a little worried that it would resemble a furry beaver or a friend of beavers.  Lois at the postoffice was happy to hand over the box… after having other boxes arrive for Black’s Cliff with strange odors of Lysol coming out of them, Lois was happy to hand it over

Carefully opening up the box with everyone at the postoffice ready to call the FBI if needed

Carefully opening up the box with everyone at the postoffice ready to call the FBI if needed

What was in the box?

What could this mean?

What could this mean?

Gee I have no idea why Barb and Bob would send this to me.

Welcome?

Welcome?

Barb and Bob seemed to think that I needed to put out a welcome mat to my outdoor visitors that like to stare in the kitchen window at midnight.  I think I will put the welcome sign on their cabin’s porch before they come and see who shows up

Thanks Barb and Bob and I happy the box did not come with molting hair or the smell of Lysol…  What did happen to that beaver….. last I saw he was in Mary Ellen’s office

Do you see the splash of color at the top of the oak tree?

Do you see the splash of color at the top of the oak tree?

That would be Benjamin’s favorite kite stuck at the top.  Any ideas on how to retreive this without cutting down the tree?  We were flying kites out on the lake and the string ran out and off it went…….

Bearskin Trail Monday Morning

Bearskin Trail Monday Morning

Trails in great shape

For a short time we had these big flakes coming down which made for quite a winter wonderland.  Looking up at the trees was quite a site to see.

You could almost hear the big flakes hitting the ground

This pic is looking out by The Perch, it was coming down so heavy you could not see across the lake

Snowmobilers and skiers checking out today are reporting the trails in great condition.  We also had snowshoers out blazing trails across the road in the deep snow reporting in cold but fun times

We would like to report sucess at Basketball tournaments even with the referees spotted working in the opponents food concessions.  I would think that there should be a rule that ref’s for a basketeball tournament not come out of the stands from the home team…… Just my need to blow off some steam on the blog

Tom the tree man arrived with his box of trees

Tom the tree man arrived with his box of trees

One of my favorite winter guests arrived today with his box of new trees for the fireplaces.  Every year they change a little.  I have my favorites on my mantle and added the big one Tom is holding.  The rest of them are spread out through the cabin fireplaces.  If anyone has a new idea for Tom to try in making trees send up pics and I will forward to him.  Thanks go out to Tom for filling up the mantles around the resort with his art work

When you have a resort you never know what is going to arrive in the driveway……

I will have to admitt this is the first time I remember ever seeing a cattle trailer in the driveway….. All the picnics and grills we have and I thought we were getting a delivery of old Bessie to enjoy

Not Bessie

Definitely not mooing

This was the most unique snowmobile trailer I had ever seen.  Guys told me the snowmobiles are much more valuable than the cows that usually fill the trailer.  They were quick to point out they had cleaned out the trailer before loading up.  Trails were reported in great shape!  They were sledding to Minocqua for a stop at the Minocqua Brew Pub for taste of ole Bessie.  I still swear I heard a Mooo in the direction of Birchwood last night

Snow is getting deep

Snow is getting deep

You know it is a good snow winter when the shovels are coming out in January.  So far we have just started the shoveling with the weakest roofs, the porch roofs and boat shed.  It is going to take more snow yet for us to start attacking the main roof tops.  So far they are doing just fine.  Shoveling roofs is one of the best ways to stay in shape in the winter, and have fun jumping off a few roofs you would never think of jumping off anyother times… shhhh don’t tell the work man’s comp guy

Avalanche

Avalanche

Congrats to Don Blegen

Congrats to Don Blegen

A friend of mine’s husband was honored to have one of his picutres chosen for the cover of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine.  Congrats to Don Blegen in Spring Valley from your fan club in Northern Wisconsin

I had this picture emailed in from the group in Norway this weekend.  They took it the same time I took my sunrise pics in my previous blog entry.  I thought it was a fitting picture for today of all days

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Only someone who spent his childhood purusing bird books could on a quick glimpse identify this bird as a Northern Shrike.  I had never heard of this bird before but Troy spotted it dive bombing out bird feeders after lunch.  It is a bird of prey and eats other small brids.  It was diving after the hoards of Golden Finches we had in at our bird feeder at lunch today.  It was the first time he had ever spotted it around the area

Quick facts about the Northern Shrike.  It looks like an innocent song bird but it is definitely not.

  • The Northern Shrike, like other shrikes, kills more prey, if it can, than it can immediately eat or feed to nestlings. Such behavior was characterized by early observers as “wanton killing,” but the Northern Shrike stores excess prey to eat later. Storing food is an adaptation for surviving periods of food scarcity.
  • The Latin species name of the Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor, means “Butcher watchman.”
  • The nest of the Northern Shrike is an open cup, but it is so deep that while incubating, the female is completely out of view except for the tip of her tail.
  • Both male and female Northern Shrikes sing throughout year. The male sings especially in late winter and early spring.

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I added a couple of openings this morning Eagles Nest June 20 – 27th and August 14 – 21st

Summer 2009 Openings

May – May 22nd Lots open at our lowest rates of the season.

Memorial Day Weekend 3 night minimum

Shamrock 3bdr

Restawhile 2bdr

Red Pine 4bdr

Blackwood 2bdr

May 25th – June 6th

Lots open and Spring rates are in effect

June 5 – 12th

Red Pine and Bear Den 4bdrs special spring rate 1500/week for either one

Blackwood 2bdr 900/week

June 6 – 13th

Kaubashine 3bdr June 6, 7 and 8th

Bayview, Wildflower, Restawhile, Eagles Nest 800/week

Shamrock 3bdr special early summer rate 875/week for groups up to 4 or 1090/week up to 6

Wigwam and Norway 3bdr 1090/week

Holiday 4bdr 1300/week

June 12 – 19th

Red Pine special early summer rate 1800/week

Blackwood 2bdr 900/week

June 13 – 20th

Bayview 2bdr 1015/week

June 19 – 26th

Blackwood 2bdr 1015/week

June 20 – 27th

Eagles Nest 2bdr 1015/week

June 26 – July 17th

Blackwood 2bdr 1300/week

July 3 – 10th

Red Pine 4bdr 2100/week

July 10 – 17th

Bear Den 4bdr 2100/week

July 17 – 24th

Bear Den 4bdr 2100/week

July 24 – August 7th

Blackwood 2bdr 1300/week

August 14 – 21st

Eagles Nest 2bdr 1015/week

Red Pine 4 bdr 2100/week

Blackwood 2bdr 1300/week

August 22 – 29th

Bayview 2bdr 1015/week

Wildflower 2bdr 1015/week

Wigwam 3bdr 1340/week

August 21 – 28th

Blackwood 2bdr 1015/wek

August 29th – Labor Day and Beyond some nightly rentals available give a call

After Labor Day mid week rates start Monday the 5th. Weekends have a 3 night minimum and mid week 2 night minimum call for info

I uploaded these pics larger for those that want a new screen saver pic.  I see the 2010 calendar pics here.  I took them this morning off the hill with the sunrise

My favorite pic of the group dedicated to Paul. Hey Paul this is better than a pic of the plow truck on your screen saver, took me a few weeks but I think I came up with the pic for your computer

Folks in Birchwood enjoying a quick breakfast and the sunrise before heading home on Martin Luther King Day.  We had tons of skiers here this weekend that all said the conditions were the best they have ever seen.