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It has been 2 days of rain, which make it nice to hide by the fireplace but brings no inspiration for heading outside for pictures.  This morning it finally quit raining and I snapped these pics of the sun trying to peak through




Last of the oak leaves hanging on


Today was supposed to be the beginning of The Big Dig, but things got delayed for a week.  Instead all the boats got cleaned and stacked away for winter.  We still have a few left in at the lake for one more weekend.  Pontoon boat comes out after the weekend


We had two huge loads of wood delivered to the resort from a local logger.  This logger used a double section truck dropping 14 cords of wood in front of the shed.  Question is can we get the big truck and trailer out of the driveway?


Analyzing the corners of the driveway to judge if the big truck can make the corner out.  A small Red Pine was in the way and Steve took care of it


The guys were doing so well not hitting things.  This tree was taken down at the spur of the moment with no come-a-long used… so what did they hit?


They took out the Office sign


Time to see if the driveway is big enough


Craig making room for the truck to get through by Muskie



Just barely making it around the corner.  Steve prepared to take out another tree if necessary


See ya for the 2nd load


New pile in front of the woodshed.  Question is which is taller the pile or the woodshed.  Steve had to go up on top to check it out.  The woodshed has the pile beat by a few inches


One really big pile of wood.  The 2nd truck load went in a different spot.  I think we have enough wood to keep Ted and Mark busy this winter when they come up to do some wood splitting.  The paper mills in Wisconsin have driven the price of wood up, due to the wet summer there is a shortage of wood at the mills.  This has caused the price of all wood to go up.  We usually buy popple and birch for the cabins to use and keep the oak for our winter wood supply.  All wood is in high demand at the moment and the price for popple and birch is the same as oak.  So next year for the first time, we are filling the resort woodshed with oak.  It burns longer but is a little harder to start.  It will be interesting to see if folks notice the difference and appreciate the good oak or if they want a return to the fast starting and burning popple


Beautiful afternoon and we escaped chores to go out for a little fishing adventure on the pontoon boat


Wanna wow a teenager have them catch a big perch.


The loon had to stop in and check out the fishing as well.   We spotted the new nesting spot of the loons in the back bay.  Loons are great to see everytime except when you are fishing.  Fish head for the hills when the loons come a calling


One really big Crappie.  The spawning season has just started.  This fish was sitting right on a spawning bed waiting to be caught.  This is some of the best fishing in my opinion of the entire year.  Spawning lasts til into the first week of June or so.


We even managed to find a bass.  Going through the channel into the back bay, it was fun to sit on the front of the pontoon and see all the fish swimming around in the shallows.  We spotted everything from Northerns, Bass, and Crappie swimming in front of the boat.  All fish were released not by choice, we had a hole in our live well.  Time to take a trip to Rollie and Helens Muskie Shop for a new live well


Troy and his big catch, disengaging hooks from lily pad roots.


Fun time was had by all including the loons.  Now to find some more time to go fishing instead of cleaning and painting