Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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


We have had snow on and off all weekend.  The white snow in the colors has been pretty but we are not ready for it to be this cold yet


No Green Bay Packers playing and it was time for a walk in the woods


Fresh leaves all over the trail


We headed down the orange trail today



Beautiful views along the trail enjoy



Mack patiently waiting for us to catch up


Honestly you people take forever!


More views for Mack to enjoy



I will give this hint to a hidden find along the trail.  If you see this marker at the end of a log you are close to the lady of the swamp.  Stop in and look around to find her


You never know what you will find in the swamp


On the way back the snow started coming down again


Time to find the wood stove

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Steady rain this week with the colors.  Thankfully it should be drying out next week a bit.  It was time to close down the beach and put things away

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Penny sad to see her swimming hole closing up shop

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Steve happy to close up shop before he cold comes and no more wet swimming dog jumping in his car

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Deflating the water tramp

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Docks looking bare with out the paddle boats and pontoons

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Time to warm up by the fire before taking in the rest.  

Stay tuned for the big project of fall.  Involves a long receipt, a back hoe and a skid steer to start with


Taking a short walk through the woods on the red trail anytime of year is great.  The fall though is the best

Enjoy these pics taken this afternoon

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I took a spin around the lake in the old ski boat with Joanie and John Nolan to see the colors stopping at the point and running into Jimmy and Fritz Cikowski fishing on the lake.  Enjoy the pictures

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I am importing these beautiful maple pictures larger than I have in the past.  I have had trouble with my iPhone importing pictures to small to my computer and my computer exporting them to the blog on the small side.  click on the picture if you can not see it in full size.  I hope you enjoy







We had a beautiful and busy weekend in the Northwoods.  The warm temps have made for some beautiful sunrises on the lake


We started out the weekend with a great fish fry with friends, Gloria and Rich Snodgrass at the Heart 2 restaurant in Arbor Vitae.  It is really a good fish fry if you are looking for a new place to go.  They have the usual cod along with walleye and perch.  Deep fried, baked, lemon pepper and cajun are the options


I went cajun walleye and was very happy with it.  Just 15 minutes from the resort


Then we were off to a wedding of Dawn and Buck Cass’s oldest son John in Appleton.  Dawn many remember from the last 70’s and 80’s who worked at the resort for many years.  She possesses the highest pinball score ever seen at over 200,000.  The wedding was a great time with friends and a bit of dancing.  Be careful of ever playing the song Cotton Eyed Joe near one of the people in this picture because what happens to her feet.  Not saying who

Big Congrats to John and Molly Cass on their life together from your family in Minocqua.  Thanks for including all of us on your big day it was very special


Bella received her first subscription request for her Black Family Magazine.  She is all smiles and is contemplating her next issue.  The next one I am told will be a  Thanksgiving edition complete with her favorite recipes of holiday food and a list of warm stuff to wear.  Always entertaining are the side bars where the stars give their commentary.  If you would like one sent to you send 5 dollars to:

Bella Black Editor Black Family Magazine PO Box 125 Hazelhurst WI 54531

She also likes letters to the editor for article ideas or just letting her know you are enjoying her magazine.  I hear the next one will be the Christmas Edition after that


It has been raining this week but a few peeks of color have started


Our family headed out for a Night For Wildlife this week.  Katie and Bryon are on the board of the Northwoods Wildlife Center and have put a lot of time into the center this year.  The Northwoods Wildlife Center was the first Wildlife Hospital in the state 39 years ago.  Our mom Trudy also spent a lot of time helping with those first years of the center.  Things have come full circle now with Katie and Bryon lending their efforts to wildlife


Bryon did this beautiful painting for the event.  Blue Loons was auctioned off.  Bryon wanted to do loons a different way and did them swimming underwater.   It was an amazing painting for great cause.  Bryon is looking into getting prints made of this painting and you may see them for sale in the Loony Bin.  

Congrats to Katie and Bryon for making a difference in the Northwoods


and thanks for inviting us to join you.

Katie is always recruiting volunteers for Wildlife Events so watch out if you say you have free time.  


We had a busy weekend with the Tomahawk Fall Ride in the area with Harleys.  We had lots of Harley stop in.  This crew from the Chicago area has made it a tradition


We snuck off for a day in Green Bay at the Viking Game.  It was awesome!


Jake and Troy got their green and gold on to head to the stadium


Back to the resort and back to work

Dog Park Beautifcation.  One of our cedar swings needed retirement and they had an idea to reuse the seat


Perfect spot out at the dog park


Steve has also carved out seats at the park out of my friend Sue’s tree that came down in a storm.  Sue was happy to see the tree used for something other than wood


Colors are starting to pop.  We have a couple of cabins left for the weekend if you need an escape


We have hired a new writer for her first foray into being published.  Steve’s daughter Bella has started the new Black’s Cliff Magazine.  She is writer, editor and publisher (publishing with a little help from dad at the copy store).  Bella’s first edition is hot off the presses and can be picked up in our office area.  If you are lucky it is hand delivered to your cabin by the publisher after school


Stay tuned for the Winter, Spring and Summer editions.  She loves letters to the editor if you take the time to read the magazine turn in a comment or two to the editor letting her know you enjoyed her magazine


In other news the locals have been stopping in each evening for a dinner of acorns on the playground


Lots of great campfires this week


The Jung’s hanging out missing the rest of the family but enjoying quiet moments with their friendly visitor who did not notice the locals on the playground yet


We took Mack on a geocache adventure.  The resort has gotten a little quiet so we have escaped on a few adventures


We headed off after 8 caches on the Awassa Trails in Saint Germain.  They are right behind the Saint Germain School and Flea Market area


When we go caching people wonder what we are looking for that have not cached before.  Here is one of the caches we found on the trail using our phone Geocaching app.


We signed the log book and put the cache back in the container


Down the trail to find 7 more caches with our Geo Dog


Stay tuned for more fall adventures.