Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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Starting out

Starting out

Troy and Steve stared the thinning of dead birch on the hillside.  Everything started out good, I left to clean cabins.  20 minutes later Steve came running saying grab the camera and come see what Dad did

I have no idea what they are talking about......

I have no idea what they are talking about......

Does not look bad from this angle

Does not look bad from this angle

Opppssss

Opppssss

Troy and Steve want everyone to know they had nothing to do with this.  Kaubashine’s dock needing a little remodeling help

Bigger Oppssss

Bigger Oppssss

Craig thought that he could head off in the RV for retirement for spring.  He now has a little project to come home early for.  Anyone have ideas on how to make the ski shack better since it is now going to be at the top of Craig’s remodeling list along with Kaubashine’s dock, the horseswings in the front yard and the facia boards on Muskie and Bayview from an earlier round of trees

I think it is time for new glasses

I think it is time for new glasses

That catarac surgury he had for new eyes I think he is going back for a 50% coupon after this fiasco.  Atleast that is his excuse for what happened.  Job security, when you don’t know what to do, drop and few trees and see what happens

It was a perfect day to head down the snowmobile trails and so we closed up the resort turned off the phone and down the trail we went.  We took Lower Kaubashine to Camp 9, to trail 12.  Trail 12 is windy and through the woods and led out to Cedar Falls.  Took a break at the falls to see the much smaller falls in the winter

Roaring Water Fall?

Roaring Water Fall?

Not roaring now.  The next time we stop here will be for the spring Muskie and Northern Spawn in April or early May

We made it down to County Y and headed over to the Bearskin over some more windy trails through the woods

Bearskin Trail

Bearskin Trail

Heading up the Bearskin to make it to the Brewry for Lunch.  Beer Cheese Soup at Brewry has to be the best in the area along with the Blue Cheese Burger.  We flew across Lake Minocqua doging icefishermen in Stack’s Bay and took a tour out 70 West down some of the narrowest trails and bridges I have gone over to make it to The Blackbear Bar.  We saw more deer than other snowmobiles.  Riding mid week on Wednesday on a cold February Day is what makes living Up North.  Back home to light the woodstove and unthaw

Looking for pictures of Craig destroying things… I have to find my other camera, it was missing this morning so tune back in

Also if you have a bunch of pop tops for Ronald McDonald house, I have a neighbor Brigit Nitschke (yes there is a reason for Packer Fans that the name sounds familar) who is saving them for her niece with spinal bifida.  I told her I would put out the call to have people bring them up and I would deliver them to her.  So clean out your cupboards or start saving them for me and I will get them to a good source.  Still collecting Soup Labels and Box Tops for the kids school if you find them in your drawer as well bring them along.  Thanks!!

Saturday was a wonderful day for a photographer with icey fresh snow in the trees.  Unfortunately I was stuck in a car running around to swimming and basketball tournaments and could only look at it out a car window.  Diane Deloria who was staying at Restawhile this weekend ice fishing caught these great pics.  Enjoy!!

I particularly love this picture above as I think it sums up what a quiet winter weekend is all about.  Escape and enjoying some quiet moments away from it all on the lake.

Thanks Diane, you have a job as a blog photographer anytime!

I could have topped these pics with sunset on County D on the way back from Three Lakes.  The ice was still in the trees and the sun was setting.  County D is such a curvy road when it is dry let alone snow covered and I passed on stopping along the way for pics.

Ice Report from Grandpa Gibson, blue gills were biting yesterday and the ice is about 26 inches deep.  His auger goes to 32 inches so hopefully this is as thick as the ice gets

It was a beautiful warm weekend to get out and enjoy the Northwoods.  We had folks doing everything from x-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling

New way of marking your ice hole

New way of marking your ice hole

I was wondering what this strange blur was out on the lake

Would the real Poe please step forward

Would the real Poe please step forward

Poe had a twin up this weekend out chasing squirrels with him

It was even warm enough to scrape off the steps to get ready for all of Cliff’s fans going down to visit him March 1st

Sun starting to set on Lower Kaubashine

Grandpa Gibson having fun on Lower Kaubashine…. have not seen the icefishing equipement out yet….

Red Pole stopping into the feeder

Red Poles stopping into the feeder

Temps went above 32 and the birds came out

Temps up and the wood pile is growing

Temps up and the wood pile is growing

1st 2,000 piece puzzle completed

1st 2,000 piece puzzle completed

The number 1 reason you know it has warmed up is that Grandpa Gibson has arrived for some ice fishing with his new snowmobile.  Snowmobile means he can get around the lake better with the ice shack, so look out ice fishing pics coming soon…  Or Grandpa may just decide playing with the snowmobile is as fun as icefishing, but I doubt it

Rumor had it the chimney's needed a little cleaning

Rumor had it the chimney's needed a little cleaning

Steve and Troy got on the chimney sweep detail, with the brush and ladder.  Own a family business and the list of things you do never ends and requires many talents.

Steve running into a bit of a plug

Steve running into a bit of a plug

What could be blocking up the chimney that Steve couldn’t get around…..  Red Squirrel nest…. Raccoons putting up a barrier..

Picture below is not for the faint of heart

Opps.... I am sure he will be back next year kids

Opps.... I am sure he will be back next year kids

I just created the Black’s Cliff Facebook page.  If you are on facebook look it up.  Post pics, videos add what you want.  Kind of a fun way to share things during the cold winter months while waiting for summer to come

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