Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.

I have a 50 -50 shot at this.  I think the Downey are smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker so my vote is a Downey Woodpicker on the Red Pine by Kaubashine.

Unloading the big pontoon boat

Unloading the big pontoon boat

Time to take out the pontoon boats a sure sign of the end of fall.  Beach chairs getting a ride up the hill.  Now the question of how good Craig is at parking the 34 foot trailer

Taking aim, the look of concentration

Taking aim, the look of concentration

How close is he going to get to the trees

How close is he going to get to the trees

Parallel parking in the volleyball court, making it through the trees to park for the winter

Close call on the maple tree

Close call on the maple tree

He made it

He made it

Done for the winter.  Only one more pontoon to pull out

Steve I have a little problem

Steve I have a little problem

Olja looking to Steve for a little help.  What happens when you adopt a reformed Bear Hunting hound dog and try to teach her not to chase everything.

We all have days like this

We all have days like this

Olja fell off the wagon and went on a chase and came up with about 20 quills in her nose and lips.  Stick to rabbits and red squirrels they don’t bite back.  I think Olja learned her lesson after having 20 quills pulled out and Jen will be keeping better tabs on both Steve and Olja

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

I love rides anywhere you go

I love rides anywhere you go

Poe ready to ride anywhere that the wind blows his ears back. We headed out on the lake and he would not be left behind

Rob and Doug searching for the big fish

Rob and Doug searching for the big fish

We caught Rob and Doug out on the lake fishing for Crappie and Bass.

Alligator Snapper

Alligator Snapper

Spotted this 40 – 50 year old snapper on the shoreline looking for a winter den. The age of these old snappers is amazing they live almost as long as we do. We stayed a healthy distance from him.

To many turns and bumps, time to go in

To many turns and bumps, time to go in

Comment running through Poe’s head… The car is so much more comfortable and if you make one more hard turn the snack I had at Kaubashine may be coming up. Time to go in!

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

Sunrise and ready for a boat ride

Sunrise and ready for a boat ride

I had some awesome pictures emailed in from Grace and Rob Spangler. I am splitting them up over 2 entries. The first one is sunrise pics over Lower Kaubashine. Enjoy, and thanks to Rob and Grace for getting up early for these pics

You think these were good pics wait til you see the loons in the mists as soon as I post them

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

Screen saver picture of the month

Screen saver picture of the month

Too much news over load today…. just put this picture on your desktop and gaze at it as things in New York do there thing. I took this picture this morning

Kaubashine and Shamrock among the color

Kaubashine and Shamrock among the color

Hope this lowered your stress level today.  Troy has put me on a CNN diet and I only watch when I know he is not coming in the front door.  Time to go out and enjoy the color and throw the quarterly statement in the garbage can