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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Eyes in the woods watching.  We have seen this buck a few times the last few weeks.  He has some goofy horns.  The deer are coming into the resort to eat acorns and the volleyball court is full of them

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He was nice enough to pose for my telephoto before he took off

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Ever wonder who gets your cabins clean.  This is our main cleaning crew pictured on the final big Saturday clean this summer.  Katie, Marcy, me, Olga and Sergio.  The best cleaning crew in the Northwoods.  Missing from the picture is Olga and Sergio’s kids who sometimes help, Jackelyn and Sergio Jr.  Katie and I have been cleaning since we could push a vacuum, Olga and Sergio have been cleaning for us for about 16 years.  Marcy joined in a few years ago.  Could not ask for better people to work with.  The work is hard but we all manage to have fun while doing it and are like a family reunited every Saturday exchanging stories and friendship

Coolest boat to ever cruise Lower Kaubashine

Coolest boat to ever cruise Lower Kaubashine

For those old Black’s Cliff resort folks, the above picture will bring back some of your favorite summer memories.  This boat dates back to 1950’s when Maynard bought it as the first and only Black’s Cliff Ski Boat.  It pulled more first time skiers than the Minocqua Bats ever have.  Kids were no problem the older we got the more everyone kept an eye on their weight never wanting to be too heavy for the summer that the ski boat couldn’t pull them up.  I am sure others can tell their favorite ski boat story (keep them clean I know there are bikni top story’s from a few summer boys out there:)  The late 80’s saw the end of the glorious ski boat days when insurance rates made it impossible for us to offering water skiing every afternoon at 1pm sharp.  I am sure I lost some hearing from the hours spent behind this boat but it was well worth it.

The boat has had motor issues the last few years and has not been in, in over 5 years.  Craig spent a little money on the motor this summer hoping to have it in in August but did not make it.  Instead picked November 1st to put it in before winter to test out the new clutch dog.  Will the motor work…. my bet 50 – 50

Ummm Grandpa I think you forgot a rope

Ummm Grandpa I think you forgot a rope

Jake and Matt out in the boat for its launch at Hilltop.  Craig forgot to attach a rope to the boat as it went off the trailer.  Start paddling

Where is the key for the electric start?

Where is the key for the electric start?

Electric start, who needs electric start that is for whozies.  It has always been a pull start 40 horse.  Ever pull started a 40 horse?  Ask any of the Black’s why they have such good arms and they will say from all the pulls they did on this motor.  I know I could have won an arm wrestling conest in my teens after a summer of taking skiers

Motor started and out of dry dock we go

Motor started and out of dry dock we go

Hey Jake did your grandpa remember to put the plug in?  Hold on full speed is about to commence

Yaaaaa Hooooooooooo

Yaaaaa Hooooooooooo

I have never driven another boat that can corner like the ski boat.  Everyone else can spend thousands of dollars on fancy inboards, I know of no one who has driven this boat who would trade it for an inboard

This is for Paul wish you were here

This is for Paul wish you were here

Well maybe not, the boat might not have survived Paul putting it through its paces the way he used to drive.

Generation #4 learning how to drive from Generation 2

Generation #4 learning how to drive from Generation 2

And the tradition continues.  Missing pic is Jake and Matt off on a solo ride with out adults having the time of their lives

Need a ride to a friends house?

Need a ride to a friends house?

Need a ride to a friends house how about the old ski boat.  Get there and take everyone for a ride!   Yahhhooo hold on tight!

Really Mrs Drewery I will bring them back in one piece

Really Mrs Drewery I will bring them back in one piece

I have no idea why Jimmy’s mom looked a little worried:)  Life Vests on and time to turn and burn

Into the sunset

Into the sunset

I hope this entry brought a smile and memories to a few people out there.  And made a few middle aged ladies wonder what ever happened to that bikini top did it sink to the bottom of the lake?

I was driving home this morning and caught a splash of color out of the corner of my eye and I grabed the camera and creped over to see if I could catch this elusive bird just across the road from the resort. Below is a hint but don’t look unless you need to

See the flash of red on the ground

See the flash of red on the ground

I had never seen this bird on the ground before. He has rooting around at the base of a tree in the snow

A little better pic if you are still stumped

A little better pic if you are still stumped

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

The elusive Pileated Woodpecker

After playing hide and seek in the bushes with me, he decided to pose for a great picture before flying off.  He gave me exactly 5 seconds to take the above and below picture before flying off.  You blink and these elusive birds are gone.  The sound of them drumming on trees is the only hint as to their location in the woods when you are walking

Caught on Camera

Caught on Camera

Usually my camera is nowhere near when these big woodpeckers fly over head but I caught them this morning. They are the biggest woodpeckers that we have in the North and are a neat sight to see