Snow shoe and X country ski trails?

Yes indeed.   Unity College:Sky Lodge has opened their cross country ski and snow shoe trails to the general public.  What a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy this area without the sounds of a motor.

There is no fee to use the trails, though donations to support of trail maintenance and grooming are welcome. There is a donation box at the trailhead.

Details for Trail Access:
Trails are “Use is at your own risk.” Parking is available by the main lodge. From the parking lot at the main lodge, walk to the far end of the open field where you will find the trailhead marked with a sign. Follow the blue blazes to complete the full loop. Their Blue Trail (a 1.5-mile loop) is currently open for snowshoeing as of November 28, 2018.  They will start grooming for cross-country skiing as well on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

What a wonderful contribution to our community.  As with all winter activities in the region, please respect the landowners who offer this experience.

 

 

Winter rates

 

As you know, we have already had a very cold and snowy November which has begun eating up the oil consumption.  Also consider that our oil prices, electric rates as well as water and sewer rates have all gone up this year for our area.  I am sure many people feel these increases also, not just in Jackman, but why did they all increase the same year?

Many hotels, cabins, and resorts all seem to raise their rates during the winter, on weekends, and even for Holidays.   I never understood why they would do this on Holidays or weekends….well, I understand why but we have just disagreed with this so we never chose to do this.  Instead of raising all of our rates, this is what we chose to do this year. We also considered cabin rates in other larger towns with trails.  In general, our area is so much less.

With that all being said, we increased our base rate for the cabins for the months of January, February and March.  We did not change the additional person rate of $35 so as before, the more you have in a cabin, the less per person.  So for 4 people in a 2 bedroom, it is still only $40/night.   If you made your reservation for this winter before today, we will honor the original base rate.

To offset this increase and to encourage weekday rentals, we are offering a Winter mid week special: stay any 3 nights Sunday-Thursday and we will take $10 off/ night.   This would be only $37.50/person for 4 people in a 2 bedroom cabin.  Mid week riding is generally better and less crowded so come on up and take advantage of this discount.

Thanks for staying with us and keep doing the snow dance.

Happy Thanksgiving

Can you believe this weather?  Here it is, November 22nd, and we have snow (about a foot over the past few days) as well as a frozen Lake.  It is not safe to walk on yet but we are all so surprised.

We have so much to be thankful for this year including you, our guests who come back year after year.  Thank you

We hope you all enjoy your family and friends and give thanks.

 

Turtle update

Remember the post in June about the Mamma Turtles making their nest?   We have had it taped off all this time, hoping they did not get trampled by our guests.

And as of today, we see no evidence that the baby turtles hatched yet:  Not shells or tiny prints or disturbed gravel.  Gestation is supposed to be 69-90 days and we are beyond that.  We;ll keep an eye out for a few more weeks.   Seems like last time we saw babies it was in November so maybe it takes our turtles longer.

Mamma Turtle

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.

 

High water 2018

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.

Ice Out Contest 2018

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.

Comment reminder

To add a comment the first time,  you do need to register and be approved in order to add comments to any post.   With the ice out contest coming up soon, I thought I would post this reminder.

It really is simple: Click on register at the top right of Blog Page. Follow directions using the code ccc2017 when asked. Use a simple PW so you do not forget it later.You will then get an email to confirm you are who you are, then I approve that you are not a bot or a “nonAmerican” and you are good to go.

After this process, you will need to login to comment but you will not have to wait for me to approve you. Unless of course you forgot your password from before, then you may have to re-register.

We hope you visit out blog and add comments as appropriate.  Keep it clean and all comments will be posted.  Thanks for visiting

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.