Every year we send out Christmas cards to those of you who have stayed with us in the past. The average is around 800 cards. I can only go back about 3 years so unless you are a regular, and have not been here in awhile, you may be missing this. Plus many come back to me as “Return to sender” or “insufficient address”.
So, if you did not get one this year, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Joyous New Year. Hope you visit with us again.
Tami, Steve, and Maggie
We just received trail update from the Border Riders Club. Technically, the rails are open but they have only been rolled and panned so far. We need another 6-8 inches before we can start grooming them. With the snow today and more expected next week, they should be good to go for NEW Year Weekend.
The foresters notified the Club last week of areas affected which means, again, this affects our trail system. Many people have been working hard to re route some trails and add new signs so that you all can get where you want to go. Many changes this year so until they can get a new map printed, please watch for signage.
Here are some of the key changes:
The clubhouse trail (North on the Dumas Road) will only be open on weekends, due to wood harvesting.
The Pittston Farm trail has changed dramatically – a longer ride. Right now there is a rough section where we just excavated to connect to the Pittston trail.
There is no Alt ITS 89 South route this year as they will be wood harvesting.
There will be a section of ITS 88 that will be shared or rerouted in a couple weeks due to wood harvesting.
A firm reminder from the club: Stay off any plowed road and do not ride in any wood plantations. We do not want to loose our landowners permission to use their land.
I hope this helps for the first of the year trail report.
LET IT SNOW!!!
Here is a snapshot from our Webcam this evening. Big Wood is setting up for the 2018 ice fishing season. There is a nice glaze of ice over the pond today even with all the rain we had last night and temperatures today in the 30s.
We have had some really cold temperatures this past week and lower chill factors. The lake actually glazed over a couple times, then the wind broke it up. So we were quite surprised to see the glaze today. YEAH!!
Personally, I think our fisherman do best in January so make your reservation soon as our lakeside camps are filling up.
As a reminder though, February 18 and 19 is free fishing days.
Here we are, mid deer season and so far, only one of our hunters got his buck. It’seems hanging on the pole while the other 3 in their group are out looking for their tag.
With the cold temperatures, any snow in the forecast will begin to coat the woods. Hunters will be happy with that. Good luck guys and gals.
I have too many photos to post but in September, Steve began work on the last 2 exterior walls on Yosemite. This week, he is finishing up exterior and I will finish up interior walls and window trim.
As some may know, it is part log cabin and part add on. SO when he removed all the old board and batten siding, we found none of the logs had insulation and the add on part, well there was insulation but no Tyvec or other barrier. Sometimes we wonder…
So anyhow, we got everything insulated, replaced a couple sills, replaced the windows, put up new siding and trim.
I will get photos into the album in the cabin so if you stay there, you can see what was involved.
OK just one more Fall sunset picture. This couple was here to do some bird hunting and as usual, our early October sunsets were awesome.
So I had to capture of moment with them enjoying the evening together.
Not only is Autumn the season for beautiful colors as the leaves change from green to red, orange, and gold, but it is also a time for colors in the sky.
I am not sure if it is because of where the sun now sets over the lake or if another reason but some of my best pictures are of sunsets in the fall. I cannot help it. Every night is different and just incredible colors. Please do not tire of me sharing sunsets pictures.
The other night, we got home from dinner around 730 and the sky was perfect. I took 2 pictures. This one is real. What I mean to say is that this is what the sky really looked like. I did not use any filters or enhancements.
This one is the same e moment but using a sunset filter. I think ithe is still pretty enough to share but I prefer the real thing.
More sunset pictures to come.
Warm days and cool evening, autumn is here and our colors are beginning to show. I know this is one of my favorite seasons as the foliage comes to life with all the colors of orange, and gold, and red. Here are a few from this weekend.
My favorite photography scene is Moose Point Tavern.
The reflections of Hog Island on the lake.
OK no foliage here but this is Sally Mountain/Sally Mountain. A perfect reflection on the water with just a touch of fog along the shore.
As the season progresses, I hope to share more foliage pictures with you. Or check out our facebook page also, as many go there too. See you soon.
It seems we have an Indian summer going on this weekend. The days are clear with blue skies and sunny. The temperatures are hitting almost 90 in the sun but our evenings are dropping into the 50s.
As always, the sunsets have been incredible on Big Wood. This weekend, with the clear skies, just before it sets, it has cast an orange glow right over Hog Island on the waters. We captured Sean taking an evening kayak ride.
The end of summer is upon us and yet still, so much natural beauty surrounding us. The only way to really do this is to hike the trails, ride the back woods or just open your eyes.
One of our guests found cold stream falls on their hike. Cool clear waters and simple serenity. A beautiful site!