Winter Fun in Jackman

Wednesday February 21,2007
Since the storm, it has been pretty busy around here so I apologize for not adding any updates until now. They say we had about 30 inches from that storm but around Cozy Cove Cabins, we could not tell. Half of the snow from the lake blew onto our property I think 😆 We were able to get the area plowed but we did need an excavator to help move up and over. Plus all the other snow we had to move: roofs, decks, etc.

Trail reports have been great. Our guests have gone into Canada, over to Pittston Farms, and down to Eusits. The beginning of the weekend had some rough spots but now that the snow had a chance to harden up and groomed again and again, they have been great.

Kids this weekend were building forts in the snow mounds and sliding down the other side. What fun!

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Thursday February 15,2007
WHAT A STORM!

The wind picked up sometime last night so when we woke….oh wow, what a sight. It was still snowing but the wind was blowing so hard that we believe half of the snow that fell on the lake was on our property!
Steve wondered if he wasted his time plowing last night or thankful that he moved as much as he did.
One of our guests made the mistake of leaving their sleds out all night. Even though they put one behind their trailer, the sled was buried this morning.

It is unsure how much snow we actually got in the region because of the wind. Perhaps someone in town may have an idea.

So we have been plowing and blowing (which using a snow blower when it is windy does not really work well) and shoveling all morning. Now the sun is out and it sure is pretty.

If you are on your way up to the region today or this weekend, drive careful as the winds are blowing much snow onto the roads. The plow trucks are doing a great job with the roads but their still may be drifts. And no matter where you are staying this weekend, be kind to your hosts as they must of all had a busy day today trying to make room for you and your trailers.

I did get pictures this morning and will try to post them later but for now, back to work!

Well finally, here is one picture we took Thursday Morning before we started to plow. Today, it was even worse so we had an Excavator come in to help move some of the snow!
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Wednesday February 14, 2007 HAPPY Valentine-s DAY

The winter storm is on it-s way. This morning we had about 4 inches by 9am. At 6pm, I was shoveling off our deck for the second time today, and it began to snow harder so that by the time I was done, there was another inch down where I had cleaned off first. Now at 8pm, I measured a total of 16 + inches on our deck. The wind has not started yet so who knows what tomorrow will bring. Steve is still outside plowing our drive area…his fourth run at the place. It is cold out but luckily, no wind today.
I guess no valentine dinner for us tonight!

Tuesday February 13th 2007

SNOW IN JACKMAN UPDATE!
YEAH!!!! A storm is coming. . . Supposed to start tomorrow and continue through Thursday. If you are on your way up, travel safe! I-ll try to update this or the weather tab tomorrow night or Friday. If it is not too windy, I-ll catch a video for those of you not able to enjoy this white stuff we love up here.

Saturday February 10, 2007

Big Wood Lake was alive today with Ice fisherman riding their sleds, their Quads, and their vehicles to find that perfect fishing spot. And they are all doing great…well most. This is the Fishing Derby weekend too so I wonder who will win the big prize.

Snowmobilers were also all over the lake … riding across the lake to access the Northern trails. Reports from riders are that the trails are good. Some areas are not perfect but they are having a great time this weekend ❗

The temperature is 10 above but still a bite in the air as the wind comes off the Lake. Most say “”oh it-s not bad”” but too cold for me to go out there so sorry, no videos this weekend….maybe later today we will cover up and go out there. The sun is still too high for good photography anyhow :wink:[i][/i]

Ode to Mom

I have been away a week and many of our website things have not been updated…I apologize for this.

But I returned today and wanted to add a little note to Mom-s everywhere…or should I say to those of you who still have your Moms.

My Mom passed away last week…very sudden and unexpected. 🙁
“”Mae”” or “”Maniu”” as the grandkids called her was full of life, warm, gentle, loving and not only a great Mom but a great friend (she had many) to those who knew her.

Even though she was 87, she was alert, bright, smarter than me in many ways, loved to still be able to teach her children something new she learned, happy, always smiled and she loved to laugh. She would always tell me (dumb) jokes she heard….at least she could remember the punch lines.

She loved to hear about my day no matter if it was good or bad. She always enjoyed the tales of our guests: who got how many fish, or if anyone got a Buck, or if their was snow on the ground and of course, a daily weather report was always a part of our 6pm calls. She frequently would ask about certain regulars who came to stay with us as over the years; she got to know them through me and always remembered to ask.

I, as many of our guests and friends who know me knew, was very close with my Mom and there is such a void in my heart with her leaving us. She was my heart. I think the death of anyone you love is hard to accept but especially when they were not ready to die or you were not ready to let them go.

So I hope that all who read this, take time every day or at least more often then you do now, to call your Mom, tell her you love her, ask her advice (even though you really don-t want it), tell her about your life (at least things she would enjoy to hear) and simply treasure the moments you have with her. Please do not wait until Mother-s Day or her birthday or when you “”get time””. Time is a precious thing that can be taken away from us at any moment. Cherish every moment with her and any of your loved ones in some way.

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This photo was taken about 4 years ago at my niece-s graduation. She loved to laugh ❗

JANUARY 2007 QUOTES from our guests

December 31-January 2nd “”NEW YEARS 2007″”
The Larks arrived Sunday Partied NY eve at the NORTHLAND, met some new friends. Woke up a little hung over and cooked a big breakfast. Chad-s fishing. Cabin #2

January 13
“”We love the “”cozy”” cabins. So accommodating. Thank you Steve! Super Comfy Bed 😀 it was nice to relax in after our hard 89 miles of SNOWMOBILING. “” Let-s pray for snow!”” We will certainly be back again before the season is over. By the way, great food at the SCHMOOSES restaurant. Can-t wait to come back ❗
John and Carla from NH Cabin #6

Jan 10
“”BRRR! Very cold outside but in the cabin it-s very “”cozy”” Great winter get-away! We-ll definitely be back””- …Loretta and Shaun in Cabin #1

Jan 18
Came up to ride the sleds had a perfect time aside from the bony trails in and out of town and a couple of sled complications. Great friends, good times, and plenty of booze ❗ Thanks Tami and Steve Hopefully see you again soon ❗
Kevin, Dave, Josh, and Jay Cabin #4

January
“”This place is amazing. We loved it here. We-ll come back in the summer. Thanks a whole bunches of lots””
Emma & Trafton Cabin #6

JACKMAN Weather

As most people know, Jackman has it-s own “”weather channel””. It seems that no matter what the forecasters from towns like Bangor or Portland say, they are never quite accurate about the weather conditions here in Jackman.

To offer a more accurate weather report, we had a Cozy Cove Cabins written weather report posted on this Blog. This was helpful to many of our guests but our Golden Retriever wanted to get in on the weather reporting action herself. And for those who know Murphy, Murphy Rules:!:

💡 To do this, we moved this small weather section on the blog to its own Weather Tab on our Website. We will provide videos of Murphy enjoying the beautiful weather here in Jackman plus other activities that might help you see what the weather conditions actually are in Jackman or what people at Cozy Cove Cabins are doing. (If you are a guest with us, let us know if you want to star in one of our videos)

Our weather reports are as we, Steve, Tami, and Murphy see it here at Cozy Cove Cabins. We will write what it really looks like from our deck or the shoreline, what OUR thermometer says, and what we can see. This is not to say that the weather in the whole Jackman region is the same. In the summer, it is always cooler here off the lake then in town and in the winter, the mountains get more snow than we do here near town. Please keep this in mind.

As for weather forecasting….we are not meteorologists…so please do not ask us what we think the weather will be in a week? We can only tell you what we hear on the news. There is one person in town who seems to be able to forecast the weather…we are not sure how she knows but her forecasts do seem to be pretty accurate, so occasionally, we will add in her thoughts.

Below is a photo of Murphy waiting for me to go out to play with her and as you can see, it is a beautiful sunny day and no wind! The temperature at the time of the photo was 12 above.

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ENJOY ❗

It-s SNOWING in Jackman Maine

January 17th SNOW UPDATE
Trail reports are good. You can go North or northeast to Pittston Farms and south to Red buck. In town trails are ridable and you can also access the northern trail off of Big Wood. SO ride from the cabin is possible. With the next storm due on Friday, should be great riding.
Below is a picture we took yesterday off Holeb road.
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January 16th UPDATE
We ended up with about 8 inches here…hard to measure an exact as the wind off the lake cause just a bit of drifting but even still…nice solid SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

January 15th
Our long awaited snow has come…..

It started this morning around 9 and by noon, we had a about 4 1/2 inches of snow here at Cozy Cove ❗ ❗

It is still snowing but perhaps not quite as much. We shall see in the morning what it brings in total.

I recorded the weather and snow on a video but alas, 🙄 having trouble transferring it to the computer…but soon I will have one on this bloggie for you.

Stay tuned ❗

Snowmobile trails are open in Jackman!

We, as forecasted, have continued to get snow about every other day. Although, not measured in feet, it continues to add up and the temperatures are staying cold. Accuweather.com today said 80% chance of more snow in the next 24 hours. SO, I say BRING IT ON!!!!

Reports from the Border Riders Club say that trails north to Canada are open and have a good base as well as some other trails in the area. In town trails do not have enough snow yet to ride out. Also good reports of areas off Spencer road that some have traveled.

Go to the border riders club web site for more details. http://www.borderridersclub.com/home_f1.html

THINK SNOW ❗

2007 Ice Fishing Begins on Big Wood Pond

January 12th UPDATE
The temperatures are still around 30 but chill factor is about 20ish. Our guests that just left told us that they road all over the lake with their quad and the thinnest is about 8 inches that they found. GREAT FISHING for them this week. Some of their best catch days were right out front of Cozy Cove Cabins….I guess that was why on the 5th, so many were fishing right out front! The salmon are hungry!

January 8th UPDATE
YEAH ❗ SNOW ❗ Temps are staying below 30 since the rain on Saturday? I think Saturday. anyhow, what rain fell then froze over on the lake. Forecasters are saying it will even get colder this week.
Reports from guests today say it is 7 inches thick at about 220 yards out. They caught a salmon and a splake 🙂 So far they are very “”happy campers”” or should I say Happy Fisherman ❗

January 5th Update
A little drizzle of rain today but this did not seem to keep the “”true and dedicated ice fishermen”” off the ice. There was about 20 people out this morning all in front of Cozy Cove and what was Tuckaway Shores. Why is this? Are the fish biting better here or is the ice a little thicker here? …maybe a combination. Most reports say that many of the lakes are not thick enough to go out on but you would not know it by looking out the window today!
If you enjoy fishing stories, go to the essays of David, a man who lived in the camp next to us many years ago. They are enjoyable to read. This site is his story of ice fishing. http://w3.ime.net/~eldorado/is.html Enjoy ❗

January 4th Update!
Big Wood continues to freeze. Steve has not gone out yet today to measure the thickness but there is 1 Ice Shack mid lake and 1 near our shore that went out today. Reports that Little Big Wood was 6inches this weekend.

The thermometer on our deck is showing 38 so temperatures are not as warm as they report on the news. That-s a good thing ❗

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January 1, 2007
…and the ice fishing season has begun. Some people have ventured out near the island on foot and I even see 2 shacks out there…to the right of this photo…:o and a couple dogs running about. But most are staying near shore on this side of the lake.

As to their luck ❓ No clue as of yet but it is a nice day out, a little overcast but it is not raining and the wind is not blowing. It seems that everyone is having a great day on the ice, even if they do not get the big one. ❗

Big Wood Lake Fishing Derby

Make your plans now for the 3rd Annual Big Wood Lake Close-up Fishing Derby. Lodging is filling up!

This event takes place on the weekend of February 10-11. It will include fishing on Little Big Wood also. Bring your friends and your children and have a great weekend in Jackman…Maine, the way life should be!

Cash prizes plus the Grand prize is a 9″” Jiffy Stealth STX Ice auger. 😀

Registration is required with a fee of $20 for 16 and older and $10 for children under 16.
For more information, contact Hal at 207-668-5291 Ext 16.

DECEMBER 2006 QUOTES from our guests

December 23-25
“”We decided to get away this Christmas and found Cozy Cove on line. We had a wonderful time and will be coming back. Tami and Steve were so welcoming and wonderful. Thank you for making our stay enjoyable. Happy Holidays. “” The Hammons in Cabin #4

December 28-January 1
“”Happy New Year
Spent tine with family that live on Long Pond And New Years too. Very nice cabin. Thanks for everything Tami and Steve. It was enjoyable. Be back soon.””
Chris, Missy, CJ, Janelle and Steph from New Haven

December 25-January 1,2007
“”We arrived on the 25th, our cabin lights were on, and there were presents for us on the table under a small Christmas tree. Thank you ❗ We have been coming up the week after Christmas for 5 years. It-s a nice get away, nice family time, good food, naps, lots of laughs ❗ The cabin was a bit small for the 5 of us and our lab…but as the old saying goes… -Loves grows stronger in small places…- Wishing light, laughter, and love to all…Tiff, Jay, Taylor, Leah, Cole and Jasper.

Big Wood Lake – Ice Fishing Safety

We get asked daily if the lake is frozen and thankfully….it is continuing to freeze more and more every day.

“”David”” wrote a comment to our Happy New Year entry and left a web site to go to for those of you going out on the ice; anywhere and anytime. http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/ierd/ice_safety/safety.html
It is worth looking over. Below is just one excerpt from the article.

* Never go out on an ice cover alone, and never go out on the ice if there is any question of its safety.
* While you are planning the outing, obtain the record of air temperature for the past several days and continue observing air temperatures while the ice will be used to support loads.
* Always let someone know of your plans and when you will return.
* When you arrive at the water-s edge, visually survey the ice. Look for open water areas, and look for signs of recent changes in water levels: ice sloping down from the bank because the water dropped, or wet areas on the ice because the water rose and flooded areas of the ice that couldn-t float because it was frozen to the bottom or the banks. (If the ice is snow-covered, look for wet areas in the snow.)
* Listen for loud cracks or booms coming from the ice. In a river this can mean the ice is about to break up or move; on a lake larger than several acres such noises may be harmless responses to thermal expansion and contraction.
* Look for an easy point of access to the ice, free of cracks or piled, broken ice.
* If you are taking a vehicle or other equipment on the ice, go out on foot first. Vigorously probe ahead of yourself with the ice chisel. If the chisel ever goes through, carefully turn around and retrace your steps back to shore, and try again some other day.
* Near shore, listen for hollow sounds while probing. Ice sloping down from the bank may have air space underneath. This is not safe; ice must be floating on the water to support loads.
* After getting on the ice, others in the group should follow in the leader-s steps, but stay at least 10 feet apart.
* Only after you have learned the characteristics of the ice cover should any vehicle be taken on the ice.

As the ice fishing season begins for 2007, we hope everyone has a great time, gets the big one 🙄 But Mainly….stays safe ❗