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The last of the docks and steps came out today.  Mac is looking disturbed by this occurance


What the heck happened to my steps to get into the lake


Honestly they were here yesterday…… how am I supposed to get in the lake to get stinky and a drink gonna happen now?


This thing bounces up and down and does not look safe to me….  I don’t care if you are out on it I am not going to get on it!


You can hold it all you want, but I know it moves and I am not going out on it


Ok well maybe……..


I made it but I don’t like it and do not trust it!

*Missing picture is Mac sitting out on the raft by himself which I tried to take but he Jumped off the scary moving raft to quick for my camera.  Maybe when it gets frozen in he will have more trust in it*


With wind gusts still enough to almost blow me off the pier while taking these pics, Steve and Troy went on a pontoon boat rescue mission.  We forgot to put the canopy down on the pontoon before the big wind hit.  There was enough force behind the wind to pull the eye screws right out of the dock that were securing the pontoon.  I am hoping there is no damage done to the canopy.   They look a little cold on their return trip


Chairs sent tumbling


Canoe blown off the dock it was resting on top of.  It was quite a day but I think we finally have most things put to right and sticks  mostly picked up.  As I type this we have snow coming down across the lake.  It is going down to 21 tonight and it is time to finally drain the fish house and other lines    I had this link shared with me about the spotting of a rare albino chickadee which I thought some might enjoy


After hearing the weather reports for the next day or so, we have broken out the candle supply expecting to loose power at some point.  Anyone who has spent much time in the Northwoods knows that if you fart wrong around here out goes the power.  60 mph winds it will be interesting to see what comes down.  I am sure glad the guys have taken time the last few years to cut out the dead birch and other dead trees around the resort.  Big questions is where to park the minivan?


Sunrise this morning



Time to get the last docks out of the water.  3 heads together came up with a way of doing the big blue dock that did not involve wadders.  Would anyone get wet?


Craig ready for the endeavor with his winter hat from McDonalds that he has had for years


Steve chose the more relaxed and cooler tie-die look with short sleeves.  One in a winter hat and another in short sleeves…  Troy was the middle man in a sweatshirt and laughing at the other 2


Tying up the ropes and taking out a few bolts by boat.


Heave Hooooo…


Hey it worked and we are all dry


This is all that is left of the dock, room enough for one person and the table…


They left taking out the docks to digging strange holes around Shamrock and Kaubashine in preparation for dirt flying next week


Searching…. Searching….. like a needle in a haystack…  Where did Maynard put those dang lines….


I caught Billy Borger fishing in the lake mists.  Billy has caught at least 2 muskies this week at last count.  This is is favorite time to fish among the mists before anyone is up






See you in June Billy.


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


I start to wonder if I can manage to come up with knew interesting leaf pictures, but walking around the resort everyday the leaves change along with the lighting and you see something new to take a picture of.  All these pictures were taken between 4 and 5pm when the lightening gets softer from the glare during the middle of the day



Complete peace of mind



The constantly changing snag.  It never looks exactly the same and always worth a photo





Birchwood showing color in the late afternoon sun


We received a few inches of rain over 24 hours, flooding the parking area around Holiday.  Whenever we get a big rain, Lake Black appears in front of Holiday.  Troy is trying to open the drain plug under the stairway to drain the lake away.


Need a boat to go down the driveway


12 hours later I took this picture showing how much the lake has risen due to the rain.  It is now touching the bottom rung of the dock.  In the spring I believe it was a foot lower


Mack wondering what happened to the steps to get into the lake


At the lowest the lake was, the water did not go over the first step.

Fall Color

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I had been eyeing up these leaves for a couple of days with the half change, brilliant red offset by the deep green of the evergreen


Woods starting to come alive with color

More pictures to come when the sun comes out

I had a correction on the mushroom from yesterday from Linda in Atlanta.  Thanks Linda!  Steve told me the correct name but I forgot it and it does look like a head not a Hen

Hen of the Woods Mushroom
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(Scientific Name: Grifola frondosa) Shades of gray-brown, white and tan decorate
the layers of wrinkled caps on this delicate Asian mushroom, which grows
multiple long stems from the base upwards as it forms a large leafy head.
Unusual in shape, the Hen of the Woods typically grows at the base of hardwood
tree trunks, extending outward from the tree trunk and forming multiple layers
of caps as it grows. Instead of gills beneath the cap, the Hen of the Woods
develops tubes that extend down onto the stem. As it grows, the mushroom
develops layers of small frilly caps or it may grow as larger flat, protruding
disk-like caps, that in total may weigh from several pounds to over 50 pounds.

Succulent, large and firm in texture, this mushroom has a strong earthy or musty
aroma, providing a flavor that is bold, somewhat nutty and very similar to a
Portobello. It is a variety of fungus that is often valued for it’s health
benefits due to the amount of fiber, protein, and vitamins B and C that it
contains. However, it is best to use some caution when eating the Hen of the
Woods, as it may cause stomach discomfort for those who are sensitive or
allergic to various mushrooms. Therefore, consume only a small amount initially
if there is a concern for a reaction to the meat of this species.

At times this mushroom may be confused with the Chicken of the Woods mushroom,
but it is not the same mushroom. When cleaning this mushroom, wash it thoroughly
before cooking, since its leafy shape provides numerous areas that hold dirt and
particles. It can be immersed in a bowl of water and shaken to loosen particles
or it can be run under a faucet to clean it thoroughly. To prepare, cut the
mushroom into strips or dice it. It is a mushroom that can be sautéed in butter
or oil, baked or pickled, but should be well cooked to soften the tough texture.
Commonly prepared as a side dish as well as added to pasta, noodles or other
foods, it is also a good mushroom for use as an ingredient in soups or food
stuffings and eggs. For storage, keep it refrigerated, placed in a paper bag or
placed fresh on a metal rack so all sides are exposed to cool air. The Hen of
the Woods is also known as Ram’s Head, Sheep’s Head, Maitake, or Kumotake