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Watching way too much CNN yesterday I needed a little perspective and peace.  I headed out the door to find some peace and calm outside.  I think I caught that picture below with Birchwood

Birchwood looking warm, inviting and peaceful in the changing colors

Birchwood looking warm, inviting and peaceful in the changing colors

Colors blooming above Birchwood

Colors blooming above Birchwood

I took a picture a couple of days ago from the other side of Birchwood looking up at this tree half changed.  The reds are popping out everywhere.  This picture is dedicated to Rich and Gloria and Kathy, Jordan and Sarah.  Hope this makes your day a little brighter.  The only thing I can’t put into the blog is the smell of fall, you have to come up for that

Poe comment "What is stress? quite watching TV and lets go for a walk"

Poe's comment "What is Stress? Turn off the TV and lets go for a walk"

Colors at the gate still not peak

Colors at the gate still not peak

Colors along the road

Colors along the road

Hope this entry is responsible bringing a little of the stress in the nation down a little bit.  I still think we could hold a summit on the playground with all the players, everyone bring a dish to pass, including George W and Laura, Obama, McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and all the rest of them.  When you are trusting that the casserole made by everyone else is good and you are eating it, it goes along way on trusting someone.

Colors at the lake

Colors at the lake

I figured everyone would appreciate checking out the colors at the lake. I took all these pictures at sunset Sunday night

Medicine Man Joe and Linda enjoying the lake on their dock

Medicine Man Joe and Linda enjoying the lake on their dock

My favorite view of the fallen tree

My favorite view of the fallen tree

Til tomorrow when the colors get better and better

Til tomorrow when the colors get better and better

Did I mention I have 2 cabins open next weekend? and a bunch open up on Saturday the 4th. Anyone that books the ones on Saturday the 4th with a 2 night minimum get mid week rates Saturday night too

Beef A Rama Crew ready for Beef A Rama 2008

Beef A Rama Crew ready for Beef A Rama 2008

Ususally this crew is bigger. Every year they dress up the beef for TJ’s Butcher Block with their antics and costumes. Last year they were the ugliest and funniest cheer leaders ever aloud to put on a uniform. This year I hear the theme is back to PIrates. They are missing their ring leader Tia, but the show must go on and the beef is being cooked

Some Assembly required

Some Assembly required

Those dreaded words are what are required before the steaks go over the fire

Will it look like this assembled?

Will it look like this assembled?

I have no idea I left before they got it together. I did smell grilling steak an hour later. Pictures of the pirate take over of Minocqua coming at the end of the weekend

This tree is in mid change with 1/2 of the leaves changed

This tree is in mid change with 1/2 of the leaves changed

This is the maple tree by Birchwood’s porch. We are at about 40% of the trees changing. Hight of color will be in the next week. There is no better time to be at the resort

Poe the only victim I could find to pose in the picture

Poe the only victim I could find to pose in the picture

With temps hitting 80 today and 70 over the weekend it is a great time to be in the Northwoods. This is the cure for watching too much CNN lately. I am tempted to invite Washington to Black’s Cliff have everyone relax around a campfire and come up with a solution to the Big Bail Out. If they start fighting or shouting Poe can come over and give them one of the same looks that he gives me when I leave the driveway without him.

What to do in Retirement?

What to do in Retirement?

Move to Minocqua and get involved with the community by helping to organize the Wife Carrying, Wife Ferrying and Pike Carrying event.  Thanks John!  Beats board meetings and traffic any day

Wife Carrying

Wife Carrying

This weekend it was the 2nd Annual Wife Carrying, Wife Ferrying and Pike Carrying contest in Torpy Park to raise money for Winter Park.  It was quite an event to watch!  This is not a picture of Troy and Jenny!

Wife Ferrying

Wife Ferrying

The wife ferrying was even more entertainging.  The sport of Wife Carrying started I heard in Finland and is just catching on in the United States

Fixing the tunnel from Wife Ferrying collision

Fixing the tunnel from Wife Ferrying collision

John’s couterpart, Linda enjoying her retirement by repairing the tunnel for the next run of Wife Ferrying.  When will Jenny and Troy compete in this event?  The same year John and Linda do

More Wife Carrying pics racing through the water

More Wife Carrying pics racing through the water

My favorite though was the new contest this year Pike Carrying for the kids

Getting ready for Pike Carrying

Getting ready for Pike Carrying

Max seeing how heavy the pike is before signing up

Pike Race off and running.  Don't let the Pike touch the ground!

Pike Race off and running. Don't let the Pike touch the ground

You too could do this

You too could do this

Start training it is only 364 more days til the next Wife Carrying event.

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.