Sadly, we do not have a trail report to offer.
We had snow in December, the trails were rolled and packed giving us a good base. Then it rained for Christmas and “all gone”. Last week we did get about 8 inches total around town. The club has rolled this too but there is not enough to actually groom.
SO our trails are still closed. We have seen some riders heading up north and riding unplowed roads but please, stay off any of our trails. We need to keep what we have so when that storm does come, the groomers can make it right.
In the mean time…
The new year started out with not enough snow to ride but there are other things to do if you need a get away.
The first thought is Ice Fishing! Big wood has at least 7 inches. There was so much activity out there on the 1st, you would think it was party time!
How about snow shoeing or cross country skiing? There is enough snow on the ice to do this or utilize the trails at Sky Lodge. If you do not have your own, you can rent them at Unity College: Sky Lodge.
Or maybe build a snowman or have a snowball fight? Just get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
What a crazy 2020 we have had. May 2021 be better: all of us healthy and safe.
The temperatures in Jackman did a major plunge this week. Yesterday in the teens and this morning we woke to a minus 4 with a feels like temp of minus 23.
At 7am our webcam uploaded this image of our frozen lake.
Sadly, at 8am there were no new uploads. We are not sure what is the problem yet. It has tolerated the freezing temperatures and below zero wind chill in the past so again, not sure where the problem lies. Stay tuned!
For now, we may just show the same image every day until we either fix the problem or get a new cam. Not very exciting out there right now anyhow. No ice fisherman yet and no snowmobiles yet. I will take a couple still images though because the sun shining on the ice and snow is quite pretty.
What a crazy crazy year we have had in our country. We hope you are all doing well, being safe, and recovering from it all. There is hope in the future.
As most guests who have stayed with us in the past know, we send out Holiday wishes every year to our regulars who come back every year, our new guests, and we even go back to those who have stayed at least once in the past 3 years with us. This summer we even had a few guests return after not staying here since our early years (2004 and 2007). Welcome back!
If you did not get a card from us this year, it has either been awhile since we have seen you or you have moved. SO to one and all, Steve, Maggie, and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyous, healthy New Year!
It seems every state in the country have seen more and more positive tests. In some areas, it is hard to comprehend the magnitude of this pandemic. Smaller and rural communities keep to themselves for the most part so the spread is minimal. But it is happening out there.
SO in the upcoming months., if you plan to visit our small community, this is what the current Maine guidelines from our Governor say:
Maine has three options for visitors to or from other states: 1) getting a recent negative COVID-19 test (further defined below); 2) maintaining compliance with a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine; 3) being exempted from the testing or quarantine requirement if you are a resident of the following states: New Hampshire, Vermont. Face coverings are REQUIRED by all in any indoor setting. Thee seems to be multiple options to get tested prior to leaving your state or on arrival. This is what is posted on The Maine Tourism site :
” We urge visitors to “Know Before You Go.” That means getting tested for COVID-19 and receiving results in your home state before traveling to Maine. If you cannot or choose not to get tested in your own state, you can get tested upon arrival. Maine now has Swab and Send PCR test sites available without physician referral in over 30 locations statewide, including the Portland Jetport—where HR Rapid Testing is available for only $25. Be sure to make an appointment in advance so you can travel with confidence.” More details of Maine guidelines can be found here: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/frequently-asked-questions.pdf
As with this summer guests, people traveled to stay here and in sporting camps all over Maine. They respected the communities, wore face coverings, brought their own supplies as much as possible. They went fishing, ATVing, boating, and hiking with those in their group. On one weekend this summer, I had 4 or 5 different groups down near the water and all kept their distance, played in the water, but separate from others and yet talked, shared experiences and concerns even, but simply, they wanted to just enjoy the outdoors.
Winter ice fishing and snowmobilers can do the same thing.
So to make it easiest for those out of state visitors to Maine, get a test, be sure and enjoy the outdoors.
Here is another informative link: www.visitmaine.com/travel-with-care
Last week, the fall colors blossomed, seemingly overnight. This past weekend we were in full peak color. It was a perfect Indian summer weekend too. Beautiful blue skies, little wind, warm sunny days.
Here are some of the photos taken around town during the week.
The fist one is of course, the eastern shore of Big Wood near the river outlet. The second is of the hillside along 201 in Moose River and the third is from the park
These are from the ATV trails over the weekend
Sadly, with the bit of wind that has started, the leaves are falling quick. Peak has come and going fast. If you did not make it up this weekend, you missed it. There is always next year.
In case you, our guests were not aware, we do have Cozy Cove Cabins hoodies for you to wear.
We have a basic Maroon one that simply has Cozy Cove Cabins on the front.
We have sizes small-3XL
New this year is a really pretty charcoal gray color with our name in the front left as well as our logo design on the back. Currently we only have a limited amount available of sizes M-2X. We wanted to see if there was an interest first.
We can do the logo in full color or plain darker color also so we are hoping we can get some fun things made for next summer. Any ideas what you might like?
As always, fall offers the best sunsets from Cozy Cove Cabins. Last night was no exception. Adding in a bit of smoke haze still from the fires on the west coast, the color was intense. I caught the photo above between cabins 4 and 5.
The following I took next to Cabin 3. I expected more color in the skies but I think the sun was just too huge and bright.
Our red maples here at Cozy Cove started to turn about 2 weeks ago. The odd thing is that they do not seem as vibrant. I cannot help but wonder if it is because of the dry dry summer. And wondered how the season would be.
The other day though I went down river and on the way home, I saw so much color in the hills around Jackman. (higher elevation) My faith in Fall beauty was restored.
Last night we had a hard frost so bring it on. It is going to happen fast. I cannot wait to see the reflections of color from Hog Island on Big Wood.