Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

Well I have to give my tree whacker credit.  He apologized in person over the phone and is devastated over what he did when drinking too much.  He genuinely was shaken by understanding what he did.  I have to give him credit for calling back twice til he got me in person to apologize and that to me says he ment it.

I told him to read some of the comments on the blog from folks that stay in Restawhile to read how they felt about their piece of the Northwoods being disrepected and how outraged folks were.

He was genuinely sorry and has a date with me to dig up and replant trees around the cabin.  Some good will come from the situation and I think he learned a lesson.   I think back to mistakes we all made and the mistakes my kids will probably make and I hope if they do, they face up to it like this boy did and make amends, not just shove it off and make excuses.  I give his dad credit for teaching him that lesson.

We headed over to Eagle River for the last football game of the season. The refs were late, it was raining and we spent 3 hours huddled under an umbrella to get beaten twice. The high point of the day was to enjoy the drive over to Eagle River on Hwy J. I took pics while driving to show the beautiful color. Troy sat white knuckled on the curvy road while I negotiated the curves and took pics… Just one more picture….. Enjoy this driving tour through our windshield (which was not completly clean) down Hwy J

I had many concerned emails and great comments from Linda, Linda, Amy and Bob about our tree issue the other day. I think I should have those 4 be in charge of the work detail if the 20 somethings that did this every show up to plant new trees.

Troy had already cleaned up the stumps and limbs making it look better. I thought I would share a few pics.  My nephew calls me the Lorax from Dr Seuss, he made the mistake of painting one of my birch trees years ago and I have never let him forget it.  He also planted a few trees for me that day.  Hence he calls me the Lorax of the trees

Limbed tree almost to the top

Limbed tree almost to the top

This is the first tree I spotted. I had transplanted it over 20 years ago. It was a survivor of the new septic that was installed 10 years ago or so. I made the bull dozer guy be careful when he was digging to save this tree. The guys wacked off about 5 feet of limbs off it leaving the top alone. I am hoping it has enough limbs left to survive. Troy cleaned the limbs up they had left stumps sticking out 2 inches from each limb they took off

The only tree Troy had not cleaned up

The only tree Troy had not cleaned up

Troy missed this one in his clean up to calm his wife down. This tree is half way down the steps, it was holding in the hillside next to the steps. They uprooted it and threw it to the side of the hill with the roots dangling out

Stump in lower right hand corner at the top of Holiday's steps

Stump in lower right hand corner at the top of Holiday's steps

This was a beautiful spruce tree transplanted a few years ago. Troy cut the stump down it was hacked 3 feet off the ground looking like toothpicks sticking up from the ground. This is the one that set me over the edge as it was done so completely for no reason

What is left of the spruce and maple

What is left of the spruce and maple

Stumps are all that is left at the top of the steps by Restawhile. The spruce used to hang over the railing. These were also wacked off about 3 feet off the ground til Troy cleaned them up

Shrubs cut off

Shrubs cut off

Through out the hillside in front of the cabin sticks sticking up from being wacked off. I don’t know how many were Hazelbrush and how many were saplings.

After the reaction from the blog I thought I would share the pics. Makes you wonder about people and their mentality. Craig wanted to call the police but since they were cleaned up we are letting that go. They will not be back to Black’s Cliff

Wigwam in Color

Wigwam in Color

This morning took a walk down to the piers at Holiday and Restawhile too see what color I was missing

Maple tree at the bottom of the steps

Maple tree at the bottom of the steps

View across the lake

View across the lake

On a side note and a resort owner rant.  I would like someone to explain to me why anyone sitting around a firepit at the resort with all the wood we have piled around the resort, would take an axe and cut down transplanted trees around Restawhile and throw them in a firepit and burn them.  It happened this weekend and I am sure those out in blog land that enjoy the area and the resort will be as shocked as I was to see 5 trees by Restawhile wantonly butchered and burned.  The individuals who did it are being made to call and apologize by their relatives.  Anyone want to comment on this I will tell them to read the blog and they can see how their actions effect others enjoyment of the area and the resort

Walking around the resort this weekend the fashion statement of the year was this splash of pink from the Bad Girls of the North.  The arrived in their Lexus’s to take over the resort complete with my favorite seat warmers (I don’t think Saturn makes seat warmers for my station wagon but I am going to check)  I sat down with these bad girls to listen to a interesting lecture on the most versatile word in the English language that you should only listen to when surrounded by ladies wearing pink Bad Girls Shirts

Who are these ladies who would take over Black’s Cliff with pink and the most versatile word in the English language you ask?

Don’t they look bad?  Don’t let their innocent looks deceive you the folks at Little Bohemia had to keep tabs on them from taking over the Dillenger exhibit.  Here is to being a Bad Girl in the Northwoods

So what was the most versatile word in the English Language, used as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb…..  Only these ladies and George Carlin know the answer.

In other news can you pick Poe out of this picture?  Even I had a hard time they all look alike

Would the real Poe please step forward

Would the real Poe please step forward

Mists were out this morning making awesome pics

Mists were out this morning making awesome pics

Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy! It went below freezing and there was moisture in the air and the lake mists are back

Ice on the dock made it a treachorous walk on the dock

Ice on the dock made it a treachorous walk on the dockSunrise on Lower KaubashineMy favorite log in the water

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine

Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine

My favorite log in the water

My favorite log in the water

I had this one emailed to me today and had to share.  Gives you some perspective and a laugh

If you had purchased $1,000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago you would
have $49.00 left.

With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.

With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all of the
beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have
$214.00 cash.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.

It’s called the 401-Keg

A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles a  year.

Another study found Americans drink, on the average,  22 gallons of alcohol a
year.  That means, on average, Americans get  about 41 miles to the gallon.

Makes You Proud To Be An American!

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!

Road to the Resort

Road to the Resort

Parked quickly and snapped this pic to show what it is like to drive down the road to the resort lately.  Every day the color has popped more and more

Vew from Blackwood's dock

Vew from Blackwood's dock looking back at the resort

View from Blackwood's dock

View from Blackwood's dock

Fall is here and boats are coming out

Fall is here and boats are coming out

Hope you are enjoying the color pictures.  Walking out the door it is the easiest time of year to take pictures.  Next to Misty Lake pics and Pines in the Snow, fall color is the best.  Speaking of snow I hear flurries are in the forecast Monday…..