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Cody and his Uncle Jimmy showing off their big catch a 31 inch Northern this weekend.  Cody’s smile was worth it all.  I think it was his lucky hat that gave him the edge this weekend

More nice crappies were biting.  This one still shows its white colors.  After a hour on the ice it will be back to its regular color.  Way to go Cody!


Uhhh Ohhh Troy walking down the driveway with a tool and a flashlight… never a good thing…


Victim of the cold this morning at -20 actual temp was Restawhile’s water lines.  Went to clean the cabin today and no water….  luckily it was not rented yet this weekend so panic did not set in too much.  We also lost hot water in our kitchen sink in the house which always happens when it goes sub zero.  After toting water to do the breakfast dishes from the bathroom, Troy got a heater pointed at our pipes and got hot water moving again.  Sure makes you appreciate hot running water when you loose it.  Restawhile thankfully warmed up with the afternoon sun and water came back on, on its own.  Can’t wait to see some 30’s this weekend!

The other victim of the cold was Steve’s car.  His ancient blue Jetta with 300+ thousand miles does not start below -5.  He gave his old car til 10am to start at which time he threatened old blue with a few words and that he would take his wife’s car instead.  Old Blue responded to the threat and the exact warmed up temp of – 5 and started right up.


Can  you feel the cold through the camera lens?

Speaking of camera lens’s…  Some may remember my favorite prized Cannon Rebel went in for cleaning a couple of weeks ago..  It came back through UPS last week.. I ran to open the box excited to have my camera back and….  took it out of the box looking all spanky clean to find my LCD screen smashed…  my heart stopped and a quick call to Best Buy where I bought it.  Found out I had to once again drive to Wausau to drop it off for them to fix and it would be returned by UPS to me.  Well dropped it off yesterday hopefully it comes back in one piece working good.  In the meantime I have given up on Katie’s Nikon the auto focus is not working and I am back to my point and shoot Cannon.  Anxiously waiting to see the UPS truck back in the driveway with my fixed camera.  So if the pictures look a little grainy or a little off you know the rest of the story


All part of coming up Nort’  Helping Grandpa fill the wheelbarrow full of wood for the nights fire while mom and dad are out on snowmobiles.  Little Cowan was being kept busy by Grandpa… which is bigger that piece of wood or Cowan


Not to be left out, Oscar the black lab was also looking for attention from Grandpa.  Oscar returned from a walk about with Sporty, the bad influence beagle, in his homemade doggie blanket.  It was a little too cold on the paws for a tour of the local neighborhood that Sporty wanted to go on.


Who is enjoying vacation more Cowan getting a wheelbarrow ride or Oscar chewing on a chunk of wood…. or Grandpa who is headed to the fireplace and a recliner while Cowan and Oscar take a nap

I talked to John the Groomer guy who grooms the Bearskin and over 70 miles of trails in our area.  He said the trails are GORGEOUS!  Get out and enjoy them.  The base is beautifully solid and barely needs any grooming it is holding up wonderfully.  He spent 8 hours last night grooming 2:30 – 11:30 done each night by volunteers just like John.  Way to go Minocqua groomers!


Sunrise on Lower Kaubashine


The tracks speak for themselves as to how busy the lake has been.  Still not marked for snowmobiles but that is not stopping anyone from venturing on the lake.  Personally I feel better when I see the markers out there


Trying to figure out what is going on in this picture… a dock that is marked for open water or an ice skating rink… not sure and not venturing across the lake to find out


Squirrel recovering from being flipped off my bird feeder by the squirrel flipper.  Wish I had a picture of it flying in the air off the feeder but this is the best I could come up with a confused and frustrated squirrel peering in our window wondering what happened

Hard to see all this great snow and wonder if the rain on Friday will ruin it.  Looking at the weather reports I was happy to see they lowered our temps and are talking about more freezing rain/drizzle and wrap around snow.  Can we escape the rain… stay tuned!


We had a light dusting of snow come through yesterday and last night.  Everything looks white but it would be nice to see more of it.  If it is going to be cold and the lake frozen over then we should have the snow to go with it


Mack looking out at the quietness and that dang frozen lake, wondering when the resort will get exciting again with friends for him.  He will have to wait a couple of weeks for the first of the Christmas/New Years folks to arrive.   We still have a few cabins left for Christmas if the thought of family coming to your house scares you, escape to the woods.  Christmas is at our lowest rates of the year starting at 115/night for Restawhile, 165/night for Shamrock, Kaubashine and Wigwam at 175/night up to the 26th when we go to Holiday rates.  There are still openings December 26 – 2nd but they are filling up so give a call if you were thinking of coming up at that time


View off the hill this morning.  Lake frozen over with bare spots.  We have rain/freezing rain/snow/sleet coming in the next few days.  It will be interesting to see how this view changes



Who is still boycotting frozen water?


Usual view of the snag and the Point


Tracks of I think a bunny on the lake.  I think it would have supported stepping out on the lake but I was not going to be the first one


Ok I came down…. but don’t ask me to step off land and no way I am putting a paw on that ice


Brave bunny tracks heading down by Holiday and Norway


How long is this supposed to last?  Where are my steps into the water?  I vote for becoming a snowbird dog and heading to the south where swimming in lakes is year round and nobody turns a perfectly good lake into a hard pancake..


What a storm this was and it is not done yet.  Came outside this morning to find this tree hanging over Wigwam after the 55mph winds went through.  There was not a garbage can standing in the resort, limbs down, a few small trees down and this big spruce hanging.  Electric went off at 1 am as well.  Good thing I passed out all the candles ahead of time to folks staying.


After a very short consultation with Troy we decided this tree was beyond our tree taking down abilities.  This is what you call a widow maker and I have no desire to be a widow.  Made a quick call to the tree service and surprisingly they were able to make it out right away


Tree guys talking it over


More consulting with the tree boss.


With the wind blowing and trees moving it was time to scale the red pine next to the spruce that it was stuck in to hook up a pulley


I don’t know what this guy gets paid but it is not enough to be up in that tree.  At one point as it was swaying with the spruce hooked in it he yelled at the guys on the ground to hurry up.  He wanted down ASAP


All of the ropes and pulleys being set up and hooked up to the green truck.  Brought back a few memories of the guys hooking trees up to our truck and flooring it


Time to make the back cut.  All ropes are taunt and pressure is on the tree


Notice how long the saw blade is to keep the guy as far from the tree as possible


I was wondering why they asked for plywood and we were soon to learn why


Goal was to have the butt of the tree on the plywood but this tree was not cooperating


Sliding further and further down but now stuck


Time to cut off the bottom of the tree


Whew on the ground and nobody hurt except for my check book for 400 dollars but it was money well spent.  More storm pics to come later


The mists and the color were at the lake this morning.  Enjoy









Now that I have tortured you with pictures of the awesome color, I do have 2 cabins left for this weekend.  Beef A Rama is this weekend that everyone should experience once in their life.  I hear the pirates are back on the corner by the Belle Isle.  Parade of Beef, Beef Sandwiches, and Craft Fair.

Sunday Winter Park is having Winter Park day with all sorts of family and individual things to do like Nordic Walking Hike Kids Treasure Hike,  Mountain Bike Tour, Hayrides, Games and Races for Kids, CAT Skiing, Nature and Birding Walk.  My favorite Bad Bones BBQ will be there as well along with the Timberline String Band and Leinenkugels Beer.  Does it get better than this?


Woke up this morning to condensation on the windows, it went down to 39 degrees last night.  It was a good night for woodstoves and fireplaces.  We have been spoiled the last few Labor Day weekends with temps in the 80’s.  The high on Saturday was 59, but Sunday was improving to 70 degrees


Sun came out early to warm things up


Kayaks were out on the lake early enjoying the sun


Mac found some friends to play with it was doggie wrestling in the cool morning with Carmella and Cooper.


I am loving the resort dogs life


Young pup wearing out the old lady Carmella.  One growl from Carmella has Mac behaving himself


The Oberman family did a take over of the treehouse coming in fully armed to the teeth


Someone forgot to arm the twins Samuel and Adam but I think their relatives are packing enough heat to defend them from a hostile take over


Reach for the Sky or we will shoot


Away from the military take over of the playground, Jackie and Emma were enjoying the sunshine as the afternoon sun heated things up


It was warm enough for an afternoon of skiing fun for the Oberman family, no guns involved


This is the way to enjoy a Labor Day weekend.  Not a care in the world enjoying the last rays of summer