Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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The Lure of the Blackberry

The Lure of the Blackberry

It is the end of the blackberry season in the North and we headed off for one last afternoon to pick for Jam.  We did not get many rasberries this year so we were eager to fill the freezer with Blackberries.  How eager?  Eager enough to share the patch with a bear

How do you know you are sharing a patch with a bear?

How do you know you are sharing a patch with a bear?

There are advantages of sharing a patch with a bear.  They leave trails through the pricker bushes that are rather wide.  Without this help it would be a miserable experience wading through pricker bushes for berries

Bumps in the trail

Bumps in the trail

Sure way to know you are sharing a patch with a bear is the bombs they leave through the patch.

The reason to head into the woods with a bear

The reason to head into the woods with a bear

We happily headed out of the woods without seeing the bear and with another 2 batches of berries for jam.

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

What does Vinegar have to do with roofs?

What does Vinegar have to do with roofs?

Time for a scientific experiment

Time for a scientific experiment

Why does Muskie grow such a nice patch of moss on it every year.  I have no idea.  We have tried many remedies and even tried ignoring it.  This year we are giving Vinegar a try.  It worked on a parch of poison ivy earlier along with salt.

Steve enjoying the view

Steve enjoying the view

One of the nice things about running your own business is the ability to choose how to spend a warm afternoon in the fall.  We will report the progress on this endeavor as the moss hopefully dies

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.

Hello everyone, Bryon Black here. Welcome to the new Birch Bark Blog, the daily online journal of all things related to running and living at Northern Wisconsin’s best family-owned and operated four-season resort. I’ve been testing the new blog for the past month and feel that it is now ready for your reading, and commenting pleasure. That’s right. You can now comment on the blog entires as Jenny writes them.

That’s not the only change. This blog now comes with a gallery! Jenny will still be uploading photos to go along with her blog entries, but those special, one of a kind photos will find a permanent home in the new Gallery.

This blog also supports media types such as video. To start it off, I thought you all might enjoy a video of the three-time Loon Calling Champion of the world, Jennifer Gibson!

That’s awesome isn’t it?

So, hopefully, you all will appreciate Black’s Cliff Resort’s new Birch Bark Blog and I look forward to reading all of your polite, clean and thoughtfuly-composed comments.