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Monster Crappie!

Monster Crappie!

This crappie was caught last week out on the Willow Flowage.  I think it was about 14 inches, and is one of the biggest crappies I have ever seen.  These boys were treated to a day on the Willow catching a tank full of crappie, none were less than 11 inches.  The Willow is down a little in water and the fishing is awesome.  The Willow Flowage is down either County Y or Cedar Falls Road 10 minutes from the resort.  I only have a few guests that wander over to it and more should give it a try

Walleye

Walleye

They also caught this stray walleye.  I have head the Walleye in the Willow are also good, they only caught this single walleye but with all the crappie they had they needed no more fish to clean.  As it was, we had shut off the water to the fish house and they were cleaning fish with a bucket of water and an electric knife

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

Pirates taking over Minocqua

Pirates taking over Minocqua

The Podriza crew showing their true pirating colors this weekend at Beef A Rama.  I put out a bounty for a picture of them and finally had a few Beef A Rama pics submitted from the Life Spring Coffee Clutch.  I hear the cannons even fired.  I would have loved to see the reaction of drivers in downtown Minocqua when teh cannon went off as they were driving past.

Pirates Enjoying the local drink

Pirates Enjoying the local drink

I am not sure if anyone enjoys Beef A Rama more than this crew.  Each year they come up with a new theme for TJ”s Butcher Block and put on quite a show.  Can’t wait to see what next year brings.
Parade of Beef

Parade of Beef

I missed a pic of the beef’s being carried down main street, but did get this picture of a cross dressing dairy cow being escorted by a sausage.  Only in Minocqua at Beef A Rama everyone has to experience it once.  Troy’s pet peeve about Beef A Rama is all the Dairy Cow costumes and the statues of Holestine Dairy Cow and Calf they have in down town.  Beef Cows (primarily fully brown or fully black) and Holestine Cows (the black and white ones) are two very different beasts.  Lets keep out cows straight in Wisconsin!

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.

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.

Had a special request for screen saver pics from Paul Zaremba this last weekend.  The sunrise cooperated this morning so I took a pic both ways side ways and regular.   Enjoy and I will just add it to Paul’s bill

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine

26 inch Northern

26 inch Northern

In between Muskie fishing, Jimmy Cikowski caught these 2 nice fish last weekend.  They were headed straight for the frying pan

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