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Introducing Lloyd Craig's gardening alter ego

Introducing Lloyd Craig's alter ego in Lynnette's garden

Llyod keeps watch at the top of the steps over Lynnette’s gardens. Keeping the deer, rabbits and chipmunks at bay is his main job. Keeping Ottis from digging everything up while chasing chipmunks is Craig and Lynnette’s job, Lloyd can only do so much

Lloyd's favorite flower

Lloyd's favorite flower

It came from Betty Lindeman and seems to love its spot in the sun. Not many flowers thrive up here looking like something out of a garden center but this batch seems to have found its home. Thanks Betty!

What is this happy flower.... Llyod (and Lynnette) couldn't remember the name

What is this happy flower.... Llyod (and Lynnette) couldn't remember the name

Llyod's helper at the other side of the garden Flyod

Llyod's helper at the other end of the garden Floyd

Floyd along with helping Lloyd with his tasks tries to keep an eye on where Craig leaves all his coffee cups through out the garden. Floyd has been getting ready for winter as you can see from his large warm look. Enjoy the views at Floyd’s end of the garden before the first big freeze. All these flowers survived Craig and Lynnette being gone for 2 weeks by grandchildren coming down and keeping them watered

Lloyd's enforcer

Lloyd's enforcer

When Lynnette has a deer spotted in her garden and Craig is off with the dogs who does she call, Lloyd and Flyod….. Nope… One look from this intimidating heron is all it takes to have them flicking their tails back.over the fence and leaving the flowers alone

One more week and the garden will look much different when the first freeze comes in.  Craig and Lynnette are enjoying every moment they can squeeze into our very short growing season.

The great Muskie Hunter finds Crappie

The great Muskie Hunter finds Crappie

Fritz the winner of our ice out contest 2008 is one of the best Muskie Hunters on Lower Kaubashine next to Jimmy and Al was a having a small problem finding crappie. A blonde happened to over hear his dilema and whispered in his ear, Slip Bobber and 12 – 15 feet of water and look what happened

The rest of the catch

The rest of the catch

Into the frying pan

Deer looking for acorns in the playground. Al Cikowski caught these pics of the deer in the playground

What does Vinegar have to do with roofs?

What does Vinegar have to do with roofs?

Time for a scientific experiment

Time for a scientific experiment

Why does Muskie grow such a nice patch of moss on it every year.  I have no idea.  We have tried many remedies and even tried ignoring it.  This year we are giving Vinegar a try.  It worked on a parch of poison ivy earlier along with salt.

Steve enjoying the view

Steve enjoying the view

One of the nice things about running your own business is the ability to choose how to spend a warm afternoon in the fall.  We will report the progress on this endeavor as the moss hopefully dies

After being stuck in the house for a rainy Saturday it was time to head out on a Geo Cache

We headed out to a part of the Bearskin Trail I had never been on. We caught the trail down by Pinewood Golf Course South of Hazelhurst about 5 miles. 2 moms, 5 kids and 2 dogs following a GPS .91 miles to the cache.

One maple tree in particular was in full color. Others were just starting to turn

It has not frozen yet so the ferns are still alive and make a big contrast with the bright red leaves

Sign talking about the Bearskin Creek that runs along the trail. That is what makes this end of the trail so pretty. Both sides have water flowing past and the trees are thick almost coming over the trail

Our favorite part was the observation deck that looks out at the Bearskin Creek watershed

Riley finding his own trail. He was in doggie heaven. Poe found something that smelled ungodly to roll in but I did not discover it til 9pm when he laid next to the couch and the odor wafed to my nose. With rain coming down he and I were out in the yard with the garden hose and my coconut butter shampoo. His nose was out of joint still this morning over the unexpected bath but our noses were all much happier.

Cache found and we headed home

If you have only taken the trail from Hazelhurst to Minocqua you really need to try the southern end of the trail it is I think much prettier.