Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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I love rides anywhere you go

I love rides anywhere you go

Poe ready to ride anywhere that the wind blows his ears back. We headed out on the lake and he would not be left behind

Rob and Doug searching for the big fish

Rob and Doug searching for the big fish

We caught Rob and Doug out on the lake fishing for Crappie and Bass.

Alligator Snapper

Alligator Snapper

Spotted this 40 – 50 year old snapper on the shoreline looking for a winter den. The age of these old snappers is amazing they live almost as long as we do. We stayed a healthy distance from him.

To many turns and bumps, time to go in

To many turns and bumps, time to go in

Comment running through Poe’s head… The car is so much more comfortable and if you make one more hard turn the snack I had at Kaubashine may be coming up. Time to go in!

Grace and Rob from my previous post also sent me these awesome loons in the mist. They have lost their black and white look but you can’t tell from the pics. They should be heading out soon for the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks for sharing these great pics

Sunrise and ready for a boat ride

Sunrise and ready for a boat ride

I had some awesome pictures emailed in from Grace and Rob Spangler. I am splitting them up over 2 entries. The first one is sunrise pics over Lower Kaubashine. Enjoy, and thanks to Rob and Grace for getting up early for these pics

You think these were good pics wait til you see the loons in the mists as soon as I post them

Jim and Nancy made it up for a visit this fall.  They love the area and spent a great week driving around on all the back roads looking at the wildlife and colors.  Nancy loves deer and had always heard my stories about the ___ deer coming in and eating out pumpkins by the house that we had carved.  Nancy asked Jim the first day they were here to go out and get some pumpkins, carve them and leave them close to the cabin to lure the deer in closer.  Jim as any good husband would do did as she asked, even carved the pumpkins and moved them around from the back of the cabin to the firepit area in front of Kaubashine.  They looked and looked and no deer.

Jim's carved pumpkins

Jim's carved Pumpkins

The morning they were leaving, Nancy had Jim move the pumpkins to the edge of the woods by the playground just 100 feet or so from where they had been sitting all week.  Nancy and Jim were gone less than an hour and we were cleaning their cabin and looked over to see the following pic

Troy yelled for me to get my camera and I prayed they would stay long enough for me to get the picture to share with Jim and Nancy after all the work they went to

One deer was fun to see and then…..

Momma and babies would like to thank Nancy and Jim for their great treat and promise to stop in next time Nancy and Jim are in the Northwoods as long as they keep their dog Witch Hazel inside

Screen saver picture of the month

Screen saver picture of the month

Too much news over load today…. just put this picture on your desktop and gaze at it as things in New York do there thing. I took this picture this morning

Kaubashine and Shamrock among the color

Kaubashine and Shamrock among the color

Hope this lowered your stress level today.  Troy has put me on a CNN diet and I only watch when I know he is not coming in the front door.  Time to go out and enjoy the color and throw the quarterly statement in the garbage can

Well I have to give my tree whacker credit.  He apologized in person over the phone and is devastated over what he did when drinking too much.  He genuinely was shaken by understanding what he did.  I have to give him credit for calling back twice til he got me in person to apologize and that to me says he ment it.

I told him to read some of the comments on the blog from folks that stay in Restawhile to read how they felt about their piece of the Northwoods being disrepected and how outraged folks were.

He was genuinely sorry and has a date with me to dig up and replant trees around the cabin.  Some good will come from the situation and I think he learned a lesson.   I think back to mistakes we all made and the mistakes my kids will probably make and I hope if they do, they face up to it like this boy did and make amends, not just shove it off and make excuses.  I give his dad credit for teaching him that lesson.

We headed over to Eagle River for the last football game of the season. The refs were late, it was raining and we spent 3 hours huddled under an umbrella to get beaten twice. The high point of the day was to enjoy the drive over to Eagle River on Hwy J. I took pics while driving to show the beautiful color. Troy sat white knuckled on the curvy road while I negotiated the curves and took pics… Just one more picture….. Enjoy this driving tour through our windshield (which was not completly clean) down Hwy J

I had many concerned emails and great comments from Linda, Linda, Amy and Bob about our tree issue the other day. I think I should have those 4 be in charge of the work detail if the 20 somethings that did this every show up to plant new trees.

Troy had already cleaned up the stumps and limbs making it look better. I thought I would share a few pics.  My nephew calls me the Lorax from Dr Seuss, he made the mistake of painting one of my birch trees years ago and I have never let him forget it.  He also planted a few trees for me that day.  Hence he calls me the Lorax of the trees

Limbed tree almost to the top

Limbed tree almost to the top

This is the first tree I spotted. I had transplanted it over 20 years ago. It was a survivor of the new septic that was installed 10 years ago or so. I made the bull dozer guy be careful when he was digging to save this tree. The guys wacked off about 5 feet of limbs off it leaving the top alone. I am hoping it has enough limbs left to survive. Troy cleaned the limbs up they had left stumps sticking out 2 inches from each limb they took off

The only tree Troy had not cleaned up

The only tree Troy had not cleaned up

Troy missed this one in his clean up to calm his wife down. This tree is half way down the steps, it was holding in the hillside next to the steps. They uprooted it and threw it to the side of the hill with the roots dangling out

Stump in lower right hand corner at the top of Holiday's steps

Stump in lower right hand corner at the top of Holiday's steps

This was a beautiful spruce tree transplanted a few years ago. Troy cut the stump down it was hacked 3 feet off the ground looking like toothpicks sticking up from the ground. This is the one that set me over the edge as it was done so completely for no reason

What is left of the spruce and maple

What is left of the spruce and maple

Stumps are all that is left at the top of the steps by Restawhile. The spruce used to hang over the railing. These were also wacked off about 3 feet off the ground til Troy cleaned them up

Shrubs cut off

Shrubs cut off

Through out the hillside in front of the cabin sticks sticking up from being wacked off. I don’t know how many were Hazelbrush and how many were saplings.

After the reaction from the blog I thought I would share the pics. Makes you wonder about people and their mentality. Craig wanted to call the police but since they were cleaned up we are letting that go. They will not be back to Black’s Cliff

Wigwam in Color

Wigwam in Color

This morning took a walk down to the piers at Holiday and Restawhile too see what color I was missing

Maple tree at the bottom of the steps

Maple tree at the bottom of the steps

View across the lake

View across the lake

On a side note and a resort owner rant.  I would like someone to explain to me why anyone sitting around a firepit at the resort with all the wood we have piled around the resort, would take an axe and cut down transplanted trees around Restawhile and throw them in a firepit and burn them.  It happened this weekend and I am sure those out in blog land that enjoy the area and the resort will be as shocked as I was to see 5 trees by Restawhile wantonly butchered and burned.  The individuals who did it are being made to call and apologize by their relatives.  Anyone want to comment on this I will tell them to read the blog and they can see how their actions effect others enjoyment of the area and the resort

Walking around the resort this weekend the fashion statement of the year was this splash of pink from the Bad Girls of the North.  The arrived in their Lexus’s to take over the resort complete with my favorite seat warmers (I don’t think Saturn makes seat warmers for my station wagon but I am going to check)  I sat down with these bad girls to listen to a interesting lecture on the most versatile word in the English language that you should only listen to when surrounded by ladies wearing pink Bad Girls Shirts

Who are these ladies who would take over Black’s Cliff with pink and the most versatile word in the English language you ask?

Don’t they look bad?  Don’t let their innocent looks deceive you the folks at Little Bohemia had to keep tabs on them from taking over the Dillenger exhibit.  Here is to being a Bad Girl in the Northwoods

So what was the most versatile word in the English Language, used as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb…..  Only these ladies and George Carlin know the answer.

In other news can you pick Poe out of this picture?  Even I had a hard time they all look alike

Would the real Poe please step forward

Would the real Poe please step forward