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Tracks in the snow a sunset. Skiing tracks


Right next to much faster snowmobile tracks.  This sled went by at about 40 miles an hour 2 days ago, a streak of yellow out our dining room window


Then these fresh tracks


Who could be leaving those….


We found our destination a cold sunset on Lower Kaubashine


 Brought to you by the letters…. J and M

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We picked up a couple more inches of snow and it was time to get the plow out.  Steve loves to hit the snow banks this late in the winter and watch them explode

Just another day of office work for Steve and Troy

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The dogs love climbing his mountains.  Right now Mack believes himself king of the mountain with Penny’s ball in his mouth

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The picnic table shows the depth of the snow.  It is slowly piling up

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In the meantime there are thing to do in the snow like keeping the outside lights on and running


Heading up trees to limb off old dead limbs was on Steve’s list today.  Just another day at the office after plowing


How do I get back down?

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Steve I will help clean up!  Just get my ball back from Mack would you?

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All cleaned back up and headed to a fire near you soon


While the were tree limbing my friend Sue and I got a few gnomes made for the gift shop.  Stop by to see our latest creations along with the socks 

We call this a gnarl of gnomes

We have one cabin left for the weekend, Wildflower opens on Saturday at 165/night Saturday and 135/night mid week if you want to escape to the woods.  Book three nights and all will be at 135/night.  We are full Friday night February 2nd.  

February 10th weekend we have 2 cabins left.  We are offering a special on  Shamrock at 180/night up to 4 Friday and Sat and 155/night mid week or 200/night Fri and Sat and 170/night mid week up to 6.  Wigwam 3 bdr is also open at 235/night Fri and Sat and 190/night mid week


Steve and Penny went on a skiing adventure to the islands of Lake Minocqua.  They headed out off the Ruben Town boat landing on Lake Minocqua and followed the tracks of snowmobiles most of the way and broke trail for parts.  They checked out as many islands as they could along the way on Lake Minocqua


Enjoy their adventure


Steve classic skied and Penny ran along.  He said it was windy but a beautiful ski





Where to next Steve?  I love adventures with you

Want an island adventure of our own?  We have 1 cabin open for the weekend and Wildflower opens on Saturday the 3rd

Mid week we always have openings if you want to avoid the crowds


We had a foot of snow fall yesterday. It was time to shovel out


Someone else I know wanted to roll in the snow banks


Can’t I just roll in peace… why do you want me to look at the camera


Fine I will humor you and look at you as long as the people looking at this picture bring bacon with them when they come to the resort


Ugh I am done with this picture thing


I am out of here and off to chase a squirrel in the snow

Snow slows down squirrels and I have a chance at them since nobody is making bacon in the resort today


Bird bath snow depth report


4 cabins left for this weekend.  Just bring bacon with you 



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Winter is in full swing in the northwoods

Lots of fun is being had in the snow and made into snow






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We have a big storm coming in Monday calling for about a foot of snow.  That should make it the best conditions of the witner

So far we are 1/2 full for the January 27th weekend so give a call if you need to play in the snow

I added a couple of openings to our summer 2018 opening list





Summer 2018

 Updated January 21

Red Pine 4 bdr home June 22 – 29th 2620/week and July 27 – Auigust 3

 Memorial Weekend

Shamrock 3 bdr 245/night

Norway 3 bdr 265/night

Red Pine 4 bdr 385/night

 May 26 – June 1st

Lots open at lower spring rates starting at 135/night – 235/night

 June 2- 9 full

 June 9 – 16th

Wildflower, Restawhile and Blackwood 2bdrs 1275/week

Shamrock and Wigwam 3bdr 1665/week

 June 16 – 23rd

Blackwood and Eagles Nest 2bdr 1275/week

 June 22 – 29th

Red Pine 4bdr 2620/week

 June 29 – July 6

Bear Den 4 bdr 2620/week

 July 27 – August 3

Red Pine 4 bdr 2620/week

 August 18 – 25th

 Wildflower 2 bdrs 1275/week

Wigwam 3bdr 1665/week

 August 17 -24th Friday to Friday

Blackwood 2bdr 1495/week

Red Pine 4 bdr 2620/week

 August 25 – 31st

 Restawhile 2bdr 790/6 nights

Eagles Nest 2 bddr 25, 26,27 and 28 570/4nights

Shamrock Wigwam 3 bdrs 1030/6 nights

Kaubashine 3bdr 1120/6 nights

 Labor Day Weekend

3 night minimum unless noted

Wildflower and Eagles Nest 2 bdrs 190/night

Shamrock and Wigwam 3bdrs 245/night

Kaubashine and Norway 3 bdrs 265/night

Muskie 4 bdr 300/night

Bear Den and Red Pine 4 bdrs 385/night

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Bascum the pink flamigo came for his yearly visit to the resort. UW Madison people will recognize him from a  certain hill at the school and a certain prank he and other of his flock periodically appear on campus.  Bascum was our mascot hoping for a little warmer weather this weekend.  Folks skied, fished and went riding this weekend but lots more time was spent by fires than outside with Bascum

Enjoy the pics of the snow below


View from Shamrock’s bedroom

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This was the place to be enjoying the view from inside the cabin

Next weekend looks like temps will be much better. So far we have Bayview, Restawhile, Kaubashine, Wigwam Holiday and Red Pine open for the January 20th weekend

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We had some beautiful heavy snow come in today.  Big flakes

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It quick piled up on the trees

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Time to think about plowing 

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As the day went on we had another batch come in that was not as wet.  This snow should set up the trails nicely

We do have one cabin left this weekend and January 20th and 27th so far have about 1/2 of the  cabins open.  Time to come up and play in the snow


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Temps got warmer and it was actually nice to be outside.  It was over 20 degrees and felt like a heat wave and my finger did not freeze when I took pictures

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Ben and Ali decided to check out the ice and informed me it was in good shape

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Hockey puck out and the mini game was on

Ali might be shorter but she is fierce

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I would have taken a picture of Mack on the ice but he took off for the shoreline and the wood stove back in the house

We have one cabin left for Martin Luther King weekend at 180 – 235/night



Steve took this picture at New Years of fight super moon through the trees

Happy New Year!


Around the resort we had Troy’s ice candles burning creating a small amount of warmth in the cold temps

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We spent the weekend getting 200 spring, summer and fall confirmation letters ready to send out.  They are headed out in Tuesdays mail  Keep an eye out for them if you have a reservation in 


Jake used to ice fish with his grandpa Gibson who we lost this year.  Jake misses his time with Grandpa on the ice and set out to start a few new traditions and headed to tackle shop to add to the ice fishing supplies his grandpa left him and headed out to the ice

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First things first, getting a proper tip up set

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2nd thing getting your chair set and fire.   He was down by Eagles’s Nest dock

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3rd wave at the traffic going by and enjoy the quiet just like grandpa used to

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4th make a spot for a friend or better yet your dad to join you by the fire.  Not mom as the thought of fire  on ice makes her nervous

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Last, remember the good times with your grandpa on the ice and drink a beer in his honor

Hopefully catch a fish and definitely create a memory

Heres to fishing on ice and the grandpa who taught him the joys of sitting on it

If you need your moments on ice, we did have a cancelation for this weekend, New Years.  Give a call if you want to celebrate New Years with us.  The opening starts on Saturday the 30th with a 2 night minimum

To those who have missed updates on the blog, I promise to be better.  Took a little Christmas break from pictures and writing.  Back to posting