Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.
What does a rope tieing down Craig's tailgate mean?

What does a rope tieing down Craig's tailgate mean?

It means that he has been to either Menards, Fleet Farm or the local lumber company and someone has presented him with a deal that he can not pass up.  The recession has ment one thing to Black’s Cliff, good deals and Craig coming home saying “You won’t guess what I have in my car”  This time it was 2 new screen doors for Holiday and Wigwam.  I hear he has two more on hold for Norway and Red PIne

New Fridge for Red Pine, how much did he pay?

New Fridge for Red Pine, how much did he pay?

Stainless steal, 2 year old fridge with ice maker and cold water dispenser.  Orginally 1800 dollars.  It does have one small dent.  How much did Craig pay? This may be the deal of the year at 275.  Only thing it needed was a good cleaning and I can assure you Craig did not clean it

One small problem....

One small problem....

Fridge did not fit under the cabinets…  Quick cut with the jigsaw answered this small problem, think anyone will notice?

New Floor for Red Pine

New Floor for Red Pine

Red Pine got a little more TLC when Craig got the best deal he could on a new hardwood floor.  Carpet for Birchwood and the main house was also found discontinued at 1 dollar a square foot.  Bayview was voted as the cabin to get new linolium by Jen and Jenny at again 1/foot on top of the line linoluim.  Where does he get these deals….. his secret.  All I will say is after owning a resort his entire life he has his connections with folks who like to empty out their warehouses.

Hallway at Red Pine

Hallway at Red Pine

One thing there is no deal on is the new curtins for Wildflower and Restawhile.  After 30 – 40 years a few of them need replacement.  Lets just say the price of them gave me a new appreciation for our upholstry guy.  Craig has to work him over on a swap of an old pontoon boat we have in the woods in exchange for some of the price

Yet to be added into the stimulus package is all the new digital TV’s we had to pick up this week.  Due to the local channels coming through our areial we are one of the last holdouts to get ready to digital.  Will everything work tomorrow at noon…..  Stay tuned…  we have no idea

Looks like winter is not over.  We had light snow through the weekend that freshened up the ski trails.  I had 2 groups stay another day to enjoy the trails.  They said they were not perfect but considering the warm up they were just fine with the new snow we got.  Looks like we are going to do some more trail repair this week with a storm on Wednesday or so.  No idea how big it will be yet, lets hope for a 4 – 6 inch storm that would be perfect to getting excellent conditions again

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 18. South wind between 10 and 13 mph.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 31. South southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Tuesday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming north northeast.

Wednesday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 23. North northeast wind between 13 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around -2. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -4.

Friday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.

Friday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Saturday: A chance of flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near

Many have been asking for conditions updates with the rain we had early in the week and the light snow we have had

More light snow last night

More light snow last night

We had another round of light fluffy snow come in.  At this point every 10th of an inch counts and makes everything look prettier

Driving down Lower Kaubashine

Driving down Lower Kaubashine

The road is snow covered and every pot hole is felt!

Bearskin Trail

Bearskin Trail

The Bearskin atleast looking snowcovered


Poe and I tracked down John the Groomer Guy plowing his driveway after our fluffy 10th of an inch of snow.  John loves to plow and takes every opportunity however small to escape his office and plow out the hardware store.  Black’s Cliff is not plowed nearly as much we have a 3,000 piece puzzle out on the dinning room table

Straight talk from John

Straight talk from John

John grooms the Bearskin on a regular basis and had unmentionable words to say on this G Rated blog when I asked about how the Bearskin trail was.  He said it had gravel coming through and definitely needed a good snow fall.  He did say the trails not near town in the woods are ok and rideable, but only a ____ idiot would drive their sled down the Bearskin right now.  Never say the Birchbark Blog does not give the honest trail conditions

Steve sweeping (not shoveling) last nights snow fall

Steve sweeping (not shoveling) last nights snow fall

I did hear more encouraging words about the X Country Trails.  I talked with a neighbor on the Nordic Team and he reported Camp 9 road was fine going out to Winter Park.  Camp 9 road is always an adventure in driving with no turn arounds, when it is mucky you never let your foot off the gas.  Right now it is fine and frozen!

My neighbor reported the trails as marginal but acceptable last night.  Winter Park is supposed to be grooming tonight with the cold temps and the new snow in the last 2 days hopefully that will bring it above marginal to atleast Ok – Good condtions on most of the trails.  Most of their trails are in the woods and snow in the woods did not take the hit that the more areas did.  So skiers should be in Ok shape for this weekend.

Reports are of a storm on Tuesday – Wednesday of next week lets hope that pans out and trails can rebound completly.  Ski trails will bounce back much faster than the snowmobile trails

Who needs a fountain pen

Who needs a fountain pen

President Obama has fancy fountain pens to sign his papers at a big fancy desk in Washington.  We are holding free pens from the local bank (Craig’s car is full of them) to sign our papers

You have to love family businesses the important papers signing over ownership from one generation to the next are done on the kitchen table with the kids homework and and apple in the background.  I wonder if President Obama has Sasha and Mailia’s home work on the oval office desk along with the stimulous package.  As most folks who got our January letter know, the resort torch was passed to the next generation January 1st, with Craig and Lynnette passing off the torch to Jenny, Katie and Steve and all our families to work together on.  It just took us til now to get all the paper work in order

Signing on the dotted line

Signing on the dotted line

Now the job of collecting free pens to for the office I guess falls on our shoulders

Temps went down and light snow came down last night

On a different note I have determined that the common cold was created in the bowels of hell.  Everyone in the Northwoods at the moment seems to be suffering from it.  Hot water with honey and lemon seems to be the favorite homemade remedy at the moment

Picture from Sunday

Picture from Sunday

This is my pic from the other day at 6:30 am on Hwy 8 that I was going to put up on Monday.  Sunrise with frost and fog

How does out snow look now…….  No comment I will let the pictures speak for themselves

This looks like perfect ice skating conditions to me if the lake freezes with colder temps tomorrow and Thursday.  Conditions like this for skating are golden when you can skate over the whole lake

Poe says the lake is safe

Poe says the lake is safe

Bearskin Trail Wednesday 8am

Bearskin Trail Wednesday 8am

Rain Rain go away

Rain Rain go away

We received some rain last night that took out a bunch of our snow:(  It is not totally gone but it sure did a bit of a melt down.  I am sure more snow will cover the ground again.  In fact here is the forcast I think the ground will be white again soon

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. South southwest wind between 18 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West southwest wind between 9 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38. West northwest wind between 3 and 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind between 8 and 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. West northwest wind between 7 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Steps to the beach emerging

Steps to the beach emerging

I got wet feet trudging through the snow for this pic

Ice skating in the driveway anyone?

Ice skating in the driveway anyone?

Crop Circles returning

Crop Circles returning

Yep the yearly crop circles are starting to pop up around the cabins.  See the indent in the snow, it means one thing……..

Still have not found the camera cord for my good camera, these were off my Cannon which I don’t like the only good thing about this camera is it uses a SD card which plugs right into my computer no cords required.

After an incredibly busy weekend at sporting events I had the perfect picture to post this morning, sunrise on Highway 8 at 6:30 am that I stopped to take along the highway in the fog with a farm in the background.  Only seeing the resort in the dark this weekend leaving or returning, I had no pics around the resort I thought that would sum up the weekend of running around.   Unfortunatly I forgot my camera cord somewhere among all the swim suits, basketball jerseys and food bag.  So you will just have to wait for that pic.  It is Monday time to drink some more coffee

Starting out

Starting out

Troy and Steve stared the thinning of dead birch on the hillside.  Everything started out good, I left to clean cabins.  20 minutes later Steve came running saying grab the camera and come see what Dad did

I have no idea what they are talking about......

I have no idea what they are talking about......

Does not look bad from this angle

Does not look bad from this angle

Opppssss

Opppssss

Troy and Steve want everyone to know they had nothing to do with this.  Kaubashine’s dock needing a little remodeling help

Bigger Oppssss

Bigger Oppssss

Craig thought that he could head off in the RV for retirement for spring.  He now has a little project to come home early for.  Anyone have ideas on how to make the ski shack better since it is now going to be at the top of Craig’s remodeling list along with Kaubashine’s dock, the horseswings in the front yard and the facia boards on Muskie and Bayview from an earlier round of trees

I think it is time for new glasses

I think it is time for new glasses

That catarac surgury he had for new eyes I think he is going back for a 50% coupon after this fiasco.  Atleast that is his excuse for what happened.  Job security, when you don’t know what to do, drop and few trees and see what happens

It was a perfect day to head down the snowmobile trails and so we closed up the resort turned off the phone and down the trail we went.  We took Lower Kaubashine to Camp 9, to trail 12.  Trail 12 is windy and through the woods and led out to Cedar Falls.  Took a break at the falls to see the much smaller falls in the winter

Roaring Water Fall?

Roaring Water Fall?

Not roaring now.  The next time we stop here will be for the spring Muskie and Northern Spawn in April or early May

We made it down to County Y and headed over to the Bearskin over some more windy trails through the woods

Bearskin Trail

Bearskin Trail

Heading up the Bearskin to make it to the Brewry for Lunch.  Beer Cheese Soup at Brewry has to be the best in the area along with the Blue Cheese Burger.  We flew across Lake Minocqua doging icefishermen in Stack’s Bay and took a tour out 70 West down some of the narrowest trails and bridges I have gone over to make it to The Blackbear Bar.  We saw more deer than other snowmobiles.  Riding mid week on Wednesday on a cold February Day is what makes living Up North.  Back home to light the woodstove and unthaw

Looking for pictures of Craig destroying things… I have to find my other camera, it was missing this morning so tune back in

Also if you have a bunch of pop tops for Ronald McDonald house, I have a neighbor Brigit Nitschke (yes there is a reason for Packer Fans that the name sounds familar) who is saving them for her niece with spinal bifida.  I told her I would put out the call to have people bring them up and I would deliver them to her.  So clean out your cupboards or start saving them for me and I will get them to a good source.  Still collecting Soup Labels and Box Tops for the kids school if you find them in your drawer as well bring them along.  Thanks!!