I am sure most of the east coast, as well as the country, agrees that this has been a crazy summer. Hotter then normal and here in Jackman, we have had more humidity then normal.
One thing that stays the same here at Cozy Cove is the incredible skies especially as the sun begins to set. Rain or shine, what a fabulous view.
Once again, Celie and Kevin did a float for the parade. Jurassic Park
It did not go as planned though. The T Rex intended to run after the jeep but Kevin found that the legs of the costume were just too short to run in. We also planned to have T Rex sounds coming off the jeep but due to some technical difficulties, it did not happen. OH well, they still won best vehicle.
The rest of the parade was fun as usual and the best clown?
This pretty bird rambled onto the yard strutting around like he owned the place. Walked up to a couple cabins then back. I think someone was feeding him and he wanted another snack. Pretty though.
Over the weekend, our guests staying in Jester, told us they saw a mamma turtle laying her eggs by the boats. What a treat for his boys to see nature in action. Dad told me that after the Turtle finished making the nests, she went into the water, turned around, as if to be sure her eggs were OK, then swam off into the lake. He said he took pictures but has not yet sent to me.
Earlier today, we found another mamma turtle laying her eggs. We saw her in one spot digging the hole: just fascinating to watch as she digs the hole with her hind legs. Then we left her alone to give her some privacy. About an hour later, we went back down, she was gone and it looked like she made 3 nests.
Of course, the first one made the nest right by our boats. We put a marker there. And this gal chose to make the nests in the walking path to the water. We chose to mark the areas with yellow tape.
Mother nature will do what it does but at least, the areas will not be stepped on by us.
Snapping turtles lay from 15-50 eggs and they can hatch from about 60-90 days. SO sometime late August or September, maybe we will see the babies running to the water.
Today is the first day of summer and I do believe it may have arrived in Jackman too. Beautiful days of sunny blue skies, gentle breezes, and cool nights. Wait, cool nights do not usually happen in the summer!
Ice out was May 5th this year and with that came the wind and leaving us with really high waters. This photo was taken on today while standing in front of the deck of Cabin 5, Our Best Western.
The water does not seem to want to go away? Clean up this year is not going to be fun.
May 7, 2018
The official ice out date this year is May 5th at 4:30 AM. With all the wind we had on the 4th, some think it may have gone out sooner but no one was awake in the wee hours of the morning. I do not believe we have a winner this year, except for me. LOL
The water levels are still very high.
I am a little late this year getting the contest up and running. Have no fear, you have plenty of time to get you vote in. We have had a really cold winter this year and right now, there is at least 3 feet of ice out there on Big Wood.
The ice out date last year was April 29th.
SO let the guessing begin.
So how this will work:
Choose your date and time then add your guess to a comment on this post. Including the time is a good thing in case multiple people choose the same dates. If the case, the person closest to the time will win. We can only accept one entry per person.
The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2018.
The winner will get 50% off one night when they stay with us 2 or more days or 1 full night free if they stay 4 or more days. This discount will expire December 31, 2018.
The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 20th, 2017.
Please Note: Only one discount permitted per stay at Cozy Cove Cabins and our same discount rules apply. (payment by check or cash, cabin minimum must be met)
Watch our webcam at www.cozycovecabins.com for signs of change.
After intense winds that started Friday, the ice on Big Wood finally went out, except for in our yard, Saturday morning May 5th. As for our ice out contest, I will wait to announce the winner as the official day may be the evening of the 4th.
With the snow melt and a couple big storms, the lake water is very high right now. It is almost touching the steps we have between cabins 3 and 4. With that being said, we may not get our dock out until the 4th of July. We hope someone opens the gates soon.
This, in my humble opinion, is the best time for spring fishing. The salmon are hungry and they seems to bit more. You do have to be a little more cautious boating though as it is harder to determine the shoreline.
Hope to see you soon.
You would not think it is spring in Jackman yet as we had another dusting of snow last night. Our temperatures though are above freezing, even at night, so it seems to melt off everyday. Big Wood is still solid white with no sign that it is going away anytime soon.
I was reminded by a friend that 3 years ago, I posted on Facebook on April 12th, that I heard the first loon of the year. Not the case this year at all. I wonder if they may just hang out in the rivers nearby?
And yet, there are other signs of spring. The wildlife are coming out of the woods. We are seeing and hearing birds in the trees, geese are flying overhead, I saw a mynx running across route 201 last week and 2 fox coming back from Rockwood. A few days ago, there was a deer in our yard! We have never seen a deer here this close to town. Could it be because there is still so much snow in the woods and here nearer to town, where it is more open, they are in search of food?
Unfortunately, I also saw, (almost certain) a coyote walking along our shore 2 weeks ago.
So, the wildlife know spring has arrived, now we just need Mother Nature to get it.
March 28, 2018
As I typed the title to this post, it almost had me singing “Blue moon, you saw me standin’ alone Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own” There have been many who have sang this song but I am not sure which one is in my head.
OK, enough of that. My point to this post is that this Saturday, thee will be a Blue Moon. No, it will not be blue although in doing research once, there is a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere.
This blue moon will be the 2nd full moon in the month of March. Be sure to look up this weekend and enjoy. I hope I can catch it on film as it sets. Our western skies offers us the most incredible moon sets and sunsets.
March 31, 2018.
Well I did capture the blue moon this morning as it set over Big Woods frozen waters.