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A friend of mine caught this picture of a brand new baby fawn on County Y about 10 minutes from the resort.  I am sure mama was not far away

Our 2nd cache adventure took our new family mini van down roads(snowmobile trails) that it was not ment for.  We carefully took negotiated the ruts over a mile into the woods to our destination.  I knew this one was going to be neat due to the history involved.  Below is a picture of where we were headed

Originally from Ionia Michigan, Arthur Stevenson purchased this land to grow cranberries in the Bolder Junction area. Construction of the house began in 1912 on the site of a lumber camp. A small saw mill was in operation on the creek which was used to saw the wood needed for the house. The mill workers stayed at the old bunk houses while construction of the house was in progress.

Local rumor had it that one of the Stevenson’s daughters became pregnant by a local worker at the CCC camp. The family was so ashamed that they left the area and abandoned the house around 1915. The house was never finished when they left.

There are different views as to what happened to the home after they left. One is that it burned down, another is that it was sold for it’s tamarack logs which were then used as shoring in the mines in Upper Michigan. A third is that it was sold for the fine cedar lumber used in it’s construction.

We came around the corner and found this tower of stone that was all that was left of the Stevenson House.  This is why I love Geo Caching, only through this sport would we find these unique places that everyone else passes up as they cruise by on the snowmobile trail.  This was about 200 feet off the trail hidden in the woods

Towards the top of the chimney you can see the outline of the old roof line

Trees growing up in the middle of the old house.  Anyone seen Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian where the children come back to find their old castle falling apart.  It reminds me of this scene

This was the fanciest house in Boulder and what stories does this wall have to tell.  I love old remains like these

Time to head back down the road in the family roadster, really have to make that first payment on the van before taking it on an adventure like this.  Where is this place for you to find join it and find your own adventure to go on.  This one can be found on Hwy M on the way to Boulder Junction called Arthur Stevenson’s Homestead Cache

Stay tuned for awesome loon pics and Sucker Jumping at Cedar Falls

With 4 inches of snow coming in today I decided to go to my mail box for pics I refuse to post any pics of the outside today I am done with snow.  These pics were sent in by Rob Moore who was watching the resort for us this weekend along with Bob and Barb.

What does this picture mean..  Outline of a missing mini van and a pouting dog in the driveway…..  Poe literally sits in the driveway when we leave and gazes down the road waiting for the sound of the mini van coming home.  It is truely pathetic but a commen sight at the resort.  This time he snapped out of it after a day and headed over to see Barb, Bob and Rob who were up watching the resort for us while we took our final weekend trip away before the spring clean up and summer chaos locks us in

Bob was taking his resort watching job seriously and went down to check out Cliff and bring up a log from the beach…  Don’t strain yourself Bob

Rob caught this great pic of a Pileated Woodpecker who was rooting around on the hillside for something.

Thanks for the great pics and watching the place Bob, Barb and Rob.  Poe would like to thank Barb for his Fillet Migon dog snacks this weekend.  He has had a lot of snacks but never Fillet Migon

Looking for something to do this weekend?  I have plenty of cabins open (ok right now not a single reservation).  Cabins will be 100/night.  The Fools Run at Midnight is going on and rumor has it half of the Black Family is running the 5k.  Last I saw Bryon was designing the crown for the winning Fools.  I guess it is quite a sight to see with people with head lamps dressed goofy running through the streets of Minocqua on Saturday at Midnight.  Free T Shirt for anyone who is foolish enough to run. has all the info on this event if you are interested

Cliff has always been a big fan of Elvis so it seemed logical that he head in the direction of Memphis on Amtrak.  Maybe Cliff will pick up some new hair style ideas and ditch the orange hat

Needing wheels to get around the state of the King of Rock and Roll, Cliff stopped in at the friendliest Hertz dealership in Memphis.  After trying to fit in the smallest car they had with all his luggage they friendly folks at Hertz outfitted Cliff in a better fitting vehicle and sent him down the road.  I think Cliff was making some of their other customers nervous, he heard people muttering something about The King being in disguise under all that hair….  Before the National Enquirer showed up Cliff headed down the road with all 4 wheels on the ground

Only living with Troy the bird encyclopedia would Cliff know this bird as a Mocking Bird.  Something we never see in the Northwoods

Cliff enjoying the sights along the Tennessee river.  He decided to take a route 66 type road trip on hwy 64.  keep an eye on the News reports for sightings of Cliff aka The King in Disguise..  Where to next…..

Winter Approaching

Winter Approaching

The raft being slowly iced in

Boats out in time

Boats out in time

Ice Creeping across the lake

Ice Creeping across the lake

Missing Picture this morning. Sunrise from the top of the hill with an Eagle at the top of a birch tree looking out over the lake and the sunrise. Dam I missed that one, camera was no where to be found til the eagle flew off

Special thanks go out to Nathan and Jamie this weekend who kept an eye on the resort for us to sneak off for a late fall break. Everything went well and Jamie even got a show of a bunch of older men in their underwear running over to the sauna. I think years from now Nathan and Jamie will have a chapter in my book of the happenings while Jenny and Troy were out of town. Poe and the guinea pigs (Oreo, Hoover, Dumbledore, Junior and Boo) would like to also thank them.

Grace and Rob from my previous post also sent me these awesome loons in the mist. They have lost their black and white look but you can’t tell from the pics. They should be heading out soon for the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks for sharing these great pics

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.