Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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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?

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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

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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?

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They took out the Office sign

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Time to see if the driveway is big enough

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Craig making room for the truck to get through by Muskie

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

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See ya for the 2nd load

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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

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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

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It was a warm beautiful late summer afternoon with folks out enjoying the lake

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Time to see if the retreiver in Mac likes water.  He is definitely not a jump in the water dog like Poe.  He slowly wades in with encouragement.  The final step off is scary and he balks at it

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Ok, not so bad once you are in.  I haves seriously caught the golden ring and have the best home possible, laughing at all my litter mates who jumped beat me out for all those other homes.  Resort dogs life is the way to go!

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I caught the Johnson family having fun down at the lake this morning.  After the rain of the last few days everyone was ready to hit the lake for some fun in the sun

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Kids trying to keep up with the paddleboat but Grandma had the lead in the row boat and was not giving it up easily

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While fun was being had in the swimming area, Don Landbo and his son Grant here searching for the “big fish” over by the snag.  This is what escaping to the Northwoods is all about, quiet moments with a fishing pole and your son.  I am sure these will be some of the moments Grant looks back on later in life as his favorite times with Dad on Lower Kaubashine

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I transplanted some Anemone a few years ago and it is  nice to see them come into bloom

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New flowers I put in this year in bloom.  Can’t remember what they are.. maybe someone out there can identify them for me

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Been a busy few days getting the resort ready no time for pictures or typing.  So enjoy these quick pics I took this morning of a quiet morning on Lower Kaubashine

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Good news, we were not sure if the big pontoon was going to have a motor this summer.  Our motor gave out and a new one priced in at 5,500 dollars.  With a little shopping around and phone calls a motor was found and the big pontoon will be on the lake in a couple of weeks.

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I was told come down to the lake and bring the camera, there is a chance someone will fall in or other blogable fodder.  I think this pic speaks for itself.  What is Steve up to?

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When you don’t want to carry something and water is between you and its destination, best to use the waterways.  Anyone recognize this piece of wood?

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So far so good everything headed in the right direction and nobody wet

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Where are they off to and what are they building…..  Stop in to see is all I will say.

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Steve would also like to ask if anyone knows what this item is or does?  It has been sitting down at the waterfront and none of us know what it is.  If it is yours email me quickly before Clean Sweep makes it disappear.

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What a differnece 24 hours makes, this is the same picture that started yesterday’s blog in the snow.  Snow is basically all gone, I have taken the cover off some of the flowers, not all as we are going down to 29 tonight and snow is still expected again Monday night and Tuesday.  That had better be the end of it.  I see a nice weekend ahead next week with temps in the 60’s which is more like what it is supposed to be