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Beautiful fall days.   The warm temps are coming to an end as the colors come out

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Time to take the big pontoon on one last spin before taking it out for the winter

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Loaded up and ready to head out of the lake

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Enjoying another day at the office

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Taking out the 28 foot boat is a a task.  Steve ready to carefully maneuver the boat out of the water with Troy’s help

I am standing back and taking pictures

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This is the only boat we get special permission for to take out at a private landing on the lake.  This boat is too big to go in at Hilltop and make the corner.  So twice a year in the spring and fall we get the adventure of getting this boat in and out of the lake.  Not an easy task

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Headed to the volleyball court for the winter until next spring

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Back to enjoying the colors

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We are full this weekend October 13th and 14th but have openings mid week and 4 cabins left for next weekend October 20th and 21st.  Give a call before fall, falls away

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It was an absolutely beautiful weekend at the resort.  The colors popped and the woods are on fire

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The next week should stay great for color.  We have openings mid week and one cabin left for next weekend

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Bradley Ocain caught this nice 21 inch walleye just before the weekend.  Nice to see walleye coming out of the lake

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Shamrock had its first day open since May 24th and Troy got to work and the porch is painted and ready for the next season.  After our wet spring last May we had a hard time getting painting projects done so we are catching up this fall with the nice fall weather

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Walks down the driveway with the color have been a must this week

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We had 4 niches of rain come down over a 24 hour period on Saturday.  The lake levels are back to incredibly high lapping up over the beach wall

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Johnny Thompson celebrated the warm temps after all the rain on Sunday with a last swim out to the raft.  Johnny might be our last swimmer of the season

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Fall

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It has been a slow start to fall.  The colors usually peak right now but they are still 80 percent green.  This next week should get things going

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Slowly falling leaves

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The dog as well has not be moving too fast.  Except to the smell of bacon

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It is scottie week at the resort.  The scotties have taken over the resort

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The dog park is the place to be if you are a scottie or a scottie disguised as a human

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Sometimes guests go to the same places all the time and enjoy those same places like a good pair of shoes.  There is comfort in the same pair of shoes but sometimes it is time to try a new pair and see how you like them and run down a new road

Bob and Tammy Robotka love their trips up north.  Bob has been coming since he was a kid starting in the late 60’s.  We were going to go out to dinner with them and they challenged me to come up with a new place for them on a Tuesday night in September.  They listed off their favorite haunts in Minocqua they love but wanted something off the beaten path.  Tuesday nights atleast 2/3 of the restaurants in the area are closed so that does pose a challenge.  I thought for awhile and asked them if they would like a small drive.  They were game and off to Boulder Junction we headed 30 minutes from the resort.  

Our first adventure for Bob and Tammy was to take them down this beautiful side road we know and drive along Trout Lake.  If you are following the bike path to Boulder this road is along that bike path and absolutely beautiful.  It winds along Trout Lake for about 2 miles and then goes back out to Hwy M

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Views like this is why you take this road.  Trout Lake always has wind and waves.  There are several spots along the road to stop.  This is also part of the bike trail and you can start your biking adventure and park along it to bike into Boulder Junction.  Bob and Tammy are already planning their biking adventure for next summer with their daughter Kelsey.  The Boulder trail is paved and winds through the woods and is absolutely beautiful

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Heading back on our driving adventure.  How can you not enjoy driving down a road that looks like this

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We arrived at our destination.  Katie and Bryon suggested this place to us a few years ago.  It is a nice relaxed atmosphere known for their sandwiches, wood fired pizzas and of course their beer

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A list of some of their menu

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Bob tried they Musky Spit Ale.  As he said “just the name makes me want to drink it”

Bob gave it a thumbs up

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Three of us ordered their stone fired pizzas and shared them so we could try a little of each one.  We enjoyed each pizza!

Troy was the odd ball with a pulled pork sandwich which I did not take a picture of as I was to busy enjoying the pizza and wine Tammy and I ordered

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Good times with good friends on a road less traveled in the Northwoods

Aqualand Ale House is a place to enjoy!

Storm

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We had quite the storm roll through yesterday.  The temps dropped 15 degrees and the trees swayed in the winds.  Happily we kept electric on.  Our electric lines were buried this last summer and we are hoping storms like this knock our power out lot less.  So far so good

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Annette took these pictures of the storm rolling across the lake and shared them with me as I was dashing around the resort closing porch curtains

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Seagull unfazed by the thunder and lightening

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I had some great helpers this morning helping me bail out the boats. 

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Had to teach them the trick of stepping all your weight on the back of the boat to get the water all in one place.  

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Now to sit back and enjoy these summer like temps

We have a few cabins open for Beef A Rama next weekend.  Call for details.  Beef A Rama is an experience.  Look it up on google to appreciate its craziness

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It has been a delightful week with the return of August weather in the 80’s and fall colors peaking through

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Lots of folks heading out on the pontoon boat for afternoon cruises

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Campfires at the lake at Bear Den

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Sweeping up for the next guests

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Steve taking advantage of warm temps and painting Bear Den

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Mack has enjoyed all the picnics outside people are having

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We did have one visitor that stopped in that got everyones attention.  Lauren Rose caught a picture of it through the screen door os Birchwood

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The fall colors are starting to be seen around the resort

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We had a vistor on the playground this afternoon who was not afraid of anything.  The deer was more interested in eating acorns than a gold retriever who wanted to chase it into the woods

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Meandering through the playground

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The fawn also had no fear

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The dog could be held back no longer and these two went bounding into the woods laughing at the slow dog behind them

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Beautiful weather the paint brushes have come out.  Steve giving Bear Den a fresh coat of paint 

Troy has been working on the railings at Holiday and Restawhile and many of the cedar chairs around the resort are getting some stain to keep them looking good.  It was a wet spring and we missed getting a few of these painting projects done so the guys are getting some stuff done before next spring

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I had a delivery today of my Christmas yarn for my sock maker.  This will be knit up into socks, headbands, and fingerless gloves.  Socks are 32 for women, 35 for mens sizes, fingerless gloves are 28 and headbands are 20.  Let me know if you want to order any to reservations@blackscliff.com   Once the Christmas yarn is gone that is it till next year  It is some of the softest yarn I work with 75% wool and 25%nylon and soft as can be

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Here is what it works up looking like

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If your path brings you to the Northwoods this weekend we have 3 cabins left.  Give a call 715 356 3018.   The rest of fall is quickly booking up.  Give a call if you are thinking of heading to the Northwoods

 

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Some nice pics by the lake I caught this weekend.  

Enjoy

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The Vallejo family was up at the resort this weekend having fun.  They were first time to the resort and were determined to try sinking the raft like they saw in the Travel Wisconsin commercials.  They tried their best but the raft won

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They had lots of luck fishing.  

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Fish are lots of fun to catch until….

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They start to flip around on the pole

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Ahhh this was fun…. but I have had enough Dad make it go away back in the lake please

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Colors are starting to peak out.  This maple was in full red and beautiful to see

This weekend we have a few cabins open if you would like to escape to the woods.  Remaining cabins will have a 2 night minimum

Weather looks good this weekend time to come up and enjoy a quiet weekend at the lake

Bayview 2bdr is open the 8, 9 and 10th 2 night minimum at 130/night mid week and 165/night Friday and Saturday

Blackwood 2bdr is also open starting the 8th at the same rate 1/2 mile from the resort on the lake 

Eagles Nest 2 bdr opens on Saturday the 9th at the same rate as the other 2bdrs and is open for 4 nights. 

Wigwam 3bdr is wide open with a 4 person special of 960/week or 150/night mid week or 175/night Fri and Sat,  up to 7 people it is 170/night mid week and 205/night Friday and Saturday

Holiday is open starting on the 8th and has the same special for up to 4 people as Wigwam

Bear Den 4bdr home 30/night Fri and Sat and 230/night mid week

Give a call for details 715 356 3018

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Fall is in the air with Labor Day Weekend here.  Color is popping out here and there.  This leaf was suspended by a cob web in the middle of the air

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The Jorgensen crew enjoying a bottle of Loonshine by the fire pit.  Raspberry was the flavor of the day freshly bottled

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When your good friend from college owns a resort and you come and visit for Labor Day Weekend you get put to work.  Mike stopped in and we needed to get a cabin cleaned so he got put to work.  He has over the years helped us get motors going, put roofs on, helped do garbage and on a cold January night helped Troy get the TV going in Bear Den.  Always something to help with when he stops by. Now we know he can make corners on beds as good as the military

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A day of rain and we were putting everyone to work bailing out the boats

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Noah and Charlie heard that the going rate for cleaning out the paddle boats was 2.00 each in dimes for the pinball game.  They were quick to help out and get the paddle boats sparkling

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Of course one had to drop his sponge in the lake and that required getting wet and swimming to the bottom to get it out

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Drop a sponge….. who me?

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Charlie was proudly showing off his clean as a whistle paddle boat

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Yeah for swimming and dimes for the pinball game!

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Someone else I know was just happy to watch all the boats get clean 

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Moon rising over Lower Kaubashine after a day of rain

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Quick sunset ride in the old ski boat with Elias our German exchange student.  This was his first ride in the old boat

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Here is to quiet evenings on Lower Kaubashine and getting a little help from friends