Coyote

When I was standing out on the deck yesterday, I think I may have seen a coyote walking along the shore. Darn cabins were in my way and he wind was blowing so my eyes were watery but it was big grey with a bushy gray tail.

Wind and snow

Snow and windy but I think the winds have died down a little today. I do not believe there is any more snow on the lake since it all has been blown onto our driveway the past couple days.

Just a couple new drifts this morning. The drift behind Cabin 2 extended to mid driveway and over to cabin 8 yesterday. Easy 5 feet high. I think we may need to get Jason and his excavator here before the next snow.   We have to make room for you to part your trailers.

Merry Christmas 2017

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

First trail report for 2018

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!!!

 

Big Wood is getting ready

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.

Deer season 2017

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.

Yosemite fixes

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.

NEXT!