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Great Hunters from the South Arrive

Great Hunters from the South Arrive

Ready to hunt, orange suspenders and all.  The look on their faces is the reason I love to open up our 40 to hunting familes.   It provides a safe area to do a little hunting with kids.

Hey Dad where are your orange pants?

Hey Dad where are your orange pants?

There is more Blaze orange in this picture than a Cabbella’s store

Lets go daylight is waisting

Lets go daylight is waisting

It is the only time of year I don’t mind seeing kids with guns heading down the driveway in the resort.  Off to one of the 3 permanent deer stands we have in the woods.  Last one there gets to have the radio to report in to mom

Beginning to look like Christmas

Beginning to look like Christmas

Day after Thanksgiving and it is time to deck the halls.

What is going on….not much…  what you see is what the Northwoods has going on

LIttle Blog vacation is being declared, no new posts til Monday. Any problems see Jamie and Nathan in Birchwood or Poe

Coming soon The Birchbark Blog 2009 calendar is under production stay tuned

Burrr Steve's one boat ride

Burrr Steve's one boat ride of the year

Steve waited for the take out through ice to take his ride in the ski boat.  Yes that is ice you see in the bay.  We never seem to get the boats all out without using a ice breaker in the bay at Hilltop.  I think the guys need to watch the movie Titanic for a little inspiration

Anyone taking odds on Steve stepping in?

Anyone taking odds on Steve stepping in?

Time for the last boat to go out

Time for the last boat to go out

Last boat gets loaded up with everything to go up the hill.

Boats stripped down

Boats stripped down

Room for more on the pontoon?

Room for more on the pontoon?

Ohh it looks cold out there

Ohh it looks cold out there

Olja contemplating another boat ride

Wish I had Poe's hair

Wish I had Poe's hair

Olja’s quote for the day “Hey Steve looked at my hair?  I am not a golden retreiver, I am a shinny hound and it is cold out there!  You know we could have gone for a warm boat ride last week”

Last Boat Out

Last Boat Out

Olja looks relieved to be on the last boat.  Time to unthaw in front of a fireplace

How the sunrise started

How the sunrise started

This will be the last time we see the sun for a few days.  Snow rain and sleet is on the way, typical November weather.

5 mintues later

5 mintues later

Can you feel the change coming?

Couple of congratulations

To Captain Dave Tungett who is retiring his captainship in the Navy on his ship this weekend.  Craig and the rest of the 4th of July crew are getting together on the ship to offer congrats.

2nd congrats go out to Amy Hebert (Tempel) and her new liver.  You will be swimming in Lower Kaubashine before you know it!

Houston we have a problem

Houston we have a problem

I was working on the other side of the resort and was hollered at to grab my camera and come to the playground.  I arrived to much head scratching and mutters of opppssss

I think new swing posts will be first this spring

I think new swing posts will be first this spring

It was tree demo day at the resort with guests and guest’s cars around as targets so the guys had the chain saws out taking down some dead, dieing or Craig needs room to plow, trees.  The 1st one was supposed to be a piece of cake……. first casualty of the day the horse swings on the playground

Time to talk about about number 2

Time to talk about about number 2

Time to reconsider tree number 2

Timber!!!!!!

Timber!!!!!!

Ok that one went better now on to a challenge

Ok that one went better now on to a challenge

The bear is in peril along with the tetterball pole

The bear is in peril along with the tetterball pole

taking aim

taking aim

Bear Breathes a sigh of relief

Bear Breathes a sigh of relief

Well do you think we can hit Muskie?

Well do you think we can hit Muskie?

No we don’t need a rope I am sure we will miss Muskie….

Starting the cut will it hit?

Starting the cut will it hit?

I am sure it is fine..  did you pay the insurance?

I am sure it is fine.. did you pay the insurance?

Insurance agents close your eyes

Insurance agents close your eyes

You did pay the insurance didn't you?  Opps

You did pay the insurance didn't you? Oppssss

Anyone have any duck tape?

Anyone have any duck tape?

Most folks would stop at this point…. nope time for the ropes and ladder

Craig heading up the ladder

Craig heading up the ladder

With their luck today this sight made us all a little nervous

No worries I was a boyscout learning my knots

No worries I was a boyscout learning my knots

Ok time for the ropes

Ok time for the ropes

Most people would stop with 2 casualty’s but Steve, Troy and Craig decided to take one more chance on Bayview and this old dead Red PIne

I am sure with the ropes we will miss Bayview

I am sure with the ropes we will miss Bayview

With Troy and Craig as the anchors it should go their way……

ummmm sorry dad........

ummmm sorry dad........ anyone find that ducktape?

Bayview 3rd casualty of the day

Bayview 3rd casualty of the day

My work is done....  got to go take that insurance check to town

My work is done.... got to go take that insurance check to town

One last tree... did they hit Birchwood?

One last tree... did they hit Birchwood?

I will leave you in suspense on that one…  It was getting a new window anyway

Clean Up.. Where is Craig....

Clean Up.. Where is Craig....

And the clean up begins…..

What I went through for this picture..  I saw this buck a couple of days ago and did not have the camera along.  This morning I spotted him by the garage at Blackwood.  He was quietly walking slowly through the woods.  I stopped in the worse section of Lower Kaubashine in the curves and pulled over as far as I could praying there was no car coming or logging truck.  Grabbed my purse where the camera was as the deer kept creeping through the woods.  Got the camera disentangled from the contents of my purse, and the batteries fell out of the bottom of the camera.  Deer keeps creeping and I fumble to get the batteries back in the camera with an eye on the deer and an eye on the blind corner right behind me in the road, listening for the sound of the logging truck.  Finally got the camera on and caught these pics.  Enjoy

I think he wanted his picture taken

I think he wanted his picture taken

Troy and I counted 8 points on this buck

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?

Steve I have a little problem

Steve I have a little problem

Olja looking to Steve for a little help.  What happens when you adopt a reformed Bear Hunting hound dog and try to teach her not to chase everything.

We all have days like this

We all have days like this

Olja fell off the wagon and went on a chase and came up with about 20 quills in her nose and lips.  Stick to rabbits and red squirrels they don’t bite back.  I think Olja learned her lesson after having 20 quills pulled out and Jen will be keeping better tabs on both Steve and Olja

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