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Yes Mack I know it is cold.  People want pictures of the lake lets go!  Alright you stay at the top of the hill and I will see how fast it is I can take pics in the cold Chair on the Perch hibernating Boats covered in a blanket of white Ice skating trail.  The […]

It is with a very heavy heart I write about two passings this week  Yesterday we tragically lost Buck Cass.  Buck was married to Dawn who long time resort folks will remember watched us kids in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  Dawn and Buck married just before Troy and I.  They settled in Hortonville […]

Happy New Year from the Cliff.  New Years morning bright and shinny We had a busy week with guests in the cabins.  Sorry not a lot of pics as we (me) had a virus this week that kept me down and out on the couch.  Not a lot of pictures got taken.  The 2022 summer […]

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We gathered our family for our annual Christmas Eve hockey game.  With fog rolling in it quickly changed to our new favorite game Kubb A Merry Merry Christmas from the lake

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Where should the ice rink go is the question for Steve? We had some great snow come down Tuesday really making it feel like Christmas Steve and Troy took a test of the ice quality.  They were happy to see nice ice under the snow.  All that rain last week has now frozen and it […]


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They warned us for days it would be a hell of a storm and it was.  High winds, rain and lightening.  Thankfully we have power and no trees down.  Many more in our state can not say that today.  12,000 without power in our county this morning.  We are very thankful.  The biggest casualty was […]

We have new friends at the resort.  Nattie and Jake are from the WINGS program at our high school.  They and others are learning skills to transition them into the working world.  The WINGS program has a store close to Arby’s in town where they sell coffee and other crafts.  The students in WINGS are […]

You might have heard we got a little snow over the weekend…  10 inches of fresh snow Nothing looks better than fresh snow on the Christmas trees The snow in the pines is the best enjoy the pics! Walking around taking pics, Mack got stuck in the snow Before the storm hit, Troy headed down […]


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Our first bigger storm of the season blew through The wind blew and the trees and cabins got plastered on the lake side I borrowed this picture of the end piers from Vicki Moore.  Thanks for going down the cold steps and snapping the picture Mack wondering if we are done outside yet and ready […]

We had a snowy start to Thanksgiving.  It piled up more than we expected But it made for great pictures The lake froze over during the weekend I took my usual walk around the resort taking pictures of the families in the resort making their dinners.  I caught most of them.  The Urbankiak’s perfecting sweet […]