Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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Campaign Stop

Campaign Stop

In a true show of bipartisan cooperation we reached across party lines!  Sarah and I will be working after Tuesday to bring the two sides together.  Sarah and I both say get out and vote

Coolest boat to ever cruise Lower Kaubashine

Coolest boat to ever cruise Lower Kaubashine

For those old Black’s Cliff resort folks, the above picture will bring back some of your favorite summer memories.  This boat dates back to 1950’s when Maynard bought it as the first and only Black’s Cliff Ski Boat.  It pulled more first time skiers than the Minocqua Bats ever have.  Kids were no problem the older we got the more everyone kept an eye on their weight never wanting to be too heavy for the summer that the ski boat couldn’t pull them up.  I am sure others can tell their favorite ski boat story (keep them clean I know there are bikni top story’s from a few summer boys out there:)  The late 80’s saw the end of the glorious ski boat days when insurance rates made it impossible for us to offering water skiing every afternoon at 1pm sharp.  I am sure I lost some hearing from the hours spent behind this boat but it was well worth it.

The boat has had motor issues the last few years and has not been in, in over 5 years.  Craig spent a little money on the motor this summer hoping to have it in in August but did not make it.  Instead picked November 1st to put it in before winter to test out the new clutch dog.  Will the motor work…. my bet 50 – 50

Ummm Grandpa I think you forgot a rope

Ummm Grandpa I think you forgot a rope

Jake and Matt out in the boat for its launch at Hilltop.  Craig forgot to attach a rope to the boat as it went off the trailer.  Start paddling

Where is the key for the electric start?

Where is the key for the electric start?

Electric start, who needs electric start that is for whozies.  It has always been a pull start 40 horse.  Ever pull started a 40 horse?  Ask any of the Black’s why they have such good arms and they will say from all the pulls they did on this motor.  I know I could have won an arm wrestling conest in my teens after a summer of taking skiers

Motor started and out of dry dock we go

Motor started and out of dry dock we go

Hey Jake did your grandpa remember to put the plug in?  Hold on full speed is about to commence

Yaaaaa Hooooooooooo

Yaaaaa Hooooooooooo

I have never driven another boat that can corner like the ski boat.  Everyone else can spend thousands of dollars on fancy inboards, I know of no one who has driven this boat who would trade it for an inboard

This is for Paul wish you were here

This is for Paul wish you were here

Well maybe not, the boat might not have survived Paul putting it through its paces the way he used to drive.

Generation #4 learning how to drive from Generation 2

Generation #4 learning how to drive from Generation 2

And the tradition continues.  Missing pic is Jake and Matt off on a solo ride with out adults having the time of their lives

Need a ride to a friends house?

Need a ride to a friends house?

Need a ride to a friends house how about the old ski boat.  Get there and take everyone for a ride!   Yahhhooo hold on tight!

Really Mrs Drewery I will bring them back in one piece

Really Mrs Drewery I will bring them back in one piece

I have no idea why Jimmy’s mom looked a little worried:)  Life Vests on and time to turn and burn

Into the sunset

Into the sunset

I hope this entry brought a smile and memories to a few people out there.  And made a few middle aged ladies wonder what ever happened to that bikini top did it sink to the bottom of the lake?

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

From all the pumpkin carvers in the Northwoods hope you have a great Halloween.  We are headed to Hilltop where Mary Ellen gives the boys all the left overs from the summer candy supply filling their buckets in one swoop.  They promptly empty them in the car in grocery bags before heading off to trick or treat in downtown Minocqua.

The Victim

The Victim

This black squirrel along with his cousins the gray squirrels would like to lodge a complaint against their very distant cousin the red squirrels.  I witnessed the harassment from the kitchen window.  The red squirrels were chasing the black and grays and were aiming for their unmentionables.  I have heard from 3 different sources that the red’s drive off the other squirrels by snipping off parts.  Sure looked like that was happening yesterday and this black squirrel has a definite look of fear in his eye and it is not from Poe.

Public Enemy Number 1

Public Enemy Number 1

Add the sound of chattering that sounds like evil laughing to this picture and you have the whole story

Squirrels beware!

Squirrels beware!

Note to all red squirrels, the piers are done and out of the water, the beard is trimmed for better aim and the 22 is coming out

Sunrise this morning

Sunrise this morning

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine. Time change this weekend will halt sunrise pictures for about a month so enjoy this one the next will probably have ice in it

Ducks out enjoying the morning

Ducks out enjoying the morning

Not sure what type of ducks these were maybe someone else can identify them from the distance

Everyone's favorite snag

Everyone's favorite view

The view of the snag constantly changes but is always pretty. Snow is still in the woods at the point across the lake

I was driving home this morning and caught a splash of color out of the corner of my eye and I grabed the camera and creped over to see if I could catch this elusive bird just across the road from the resort. Below is a hint but don’t look unless you need to

See the flash of red on the ground

See the flash of red on the ground

I had never seen this bird on the ground before. He has rooting around at the base of a tree in the snow

A little better pic if you are still stumped

A little better pic if you are still stumped

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

After playing hide and seek in the bushes with me, he decided to pose for a great picture before flying off.  He gave me exactly 5 seconds to take the above and below picture before flying off.  You blink and these elusive birds are gone.  The sound of them drumming on trees is the only hint as to their location in the woods when you are walking

Caught on Camera

Caught on Camera

Usually my camera is nowhere near when these big woodpeckers fly over head but I caught them this morning. They are the biggest woodpeckers that we have in the North and are a neat sight to see

Woke up this morning to snow on the roof

Woke up this morning to snow on the roof

Can you tell from the last 2 posts I ran into a buy on birdhouses?  I love this old one, not sure how to attach it to a tree, just might leave it on my deck as a snow gauge

Looking up at the trees 7:30 am

Looking up at the trees 7:30 am

Interesting effect

Interesting effect

I was not going to post this pic, I was trying to flash the birchtree but it was too far away and the camera focused on falling snow.  Still turned out interesting

Time to go home......

Time to go home......

I caught Mike and Jean heading out the driveway this morning.

Mike and Jean enjoying Christmas Snow as they called it

Mike and Jean enjoying Christmas Snow as they called it

They were loving the snow and thought it was perfect snow like at Christmas.  They saw an eagle land on a tree in the snow and a loon call through the flakes.  They said the morning could not be more perfect unless they moved in to stay for the winter.  Sadly the town of Jainesville would not function if they did

Quiet October days by the lake

Quiet October days by the lake

Most of the leaves are on the ground except for the oaks.  Took this pic by the lake and I think it sums up the end of October

Winter wood supply growing

Winter wood supply growing

The precious supply of oak wood that Troy defends all year long for us to use in the winter is slowly making its way over to the house.  Ever want to drive Troy nuts, grab some of his oak from his special winter wood supply and burn it in a firepit.  I do not recommend this course of action, it has some interesting repercussions.

Jack's Landing looking quiet

Jack's Landing looking quiet

Duck Hunters Arrive

Duck Hunters Arrive

Fall always brings a few bird hunters from woodcock, ruffed grouse and ducks.  No they do not shoot the ducks around the lake but go to more uninhabited lakes and marshes in the area.  Deer Hunting is just around the corner November 20th.

Quiet Resort

Quiet Resort

It is the time of year to enjoy the quiet and a fireplace and we have several people up doing just that

Finally got a few bridhouses up for the birds in time for snow showers tonight.  I do have to admit that quiet days like this around the resort are some of my favorite.  Spring is work, Summer is family fun, Winter and Fall are time to slow down and enjoy the quiet.  Nice thing is when the quiet starts to get on your nerves Spring and Summer are right around the corner.  That is why I could not live in Florida I truly love the change in seasons that Northern Wisconsin offers.

I think this picture sums up the beach

I think this picture sums up the beach

Docks heading out of the water

Docks heading out of the water

Boats following the docks to dry ground

Boats following the docks to dry ground

White dock in dry dock

White dock in dry dock

Ladders looking lonely and in need of paint

Ladders looking lonely and in need of paint

Raft in for the winter

Raft in for the winter

I am running a Blog Special for the next 3 weekends. Bayview, Wildflower and Restawhile can be booked at 100/night for 2 nights or 90/night for 3 nights. Birchwood and Shamrock for anyone that wants the bigger fireplaces I will run at 115/night for 2 nights or 105/night for 3 nights for groups up to 4.  Sales Tax is 5.5%

So if the economy has you stressed and you want to escape to the woods these are the cheapest rates I will be running all year.  Linens are included but as usual bring towels (can’t do everything)

These rates work up to November 19th