ATV Fun

AS it is the end of March, you can see, I am about ready for winter to end.

We do not usually get to read all of the Journal entries during our busy months as we prefer to hear your stories.  Last August, we heard this story from our guest, his name will be protected, but he also wrote a great story in the journal which I have to share.  He must be a writer as it is very entertaining. It is a bit long but so worth the time. I am sorry I did not read it in August but very glad I did now.  PLUS, he offers a lesson and something for all of you to keep in mind as the 2018 ATV season begins.    Enjoy!

August 16-20, 2017

If you are driving by the clubhouse on ATV tires and you see a mud-running trench, just drive on by. Don’t be impulsive! But, if you are…and you find yourself fatefully shutting off the key with your muffler submerged, grab a five dollar bill from your wallet for your hitch back into town. Ensure you face traffic, smile and hold that five over your head so your ride can clearly see it, all the while knowing that you and your mud soaked wife are going to stink up your good Samaritan’s car for the next four miles.

Once you get back to the puzzle palace (Jester) don’t bother cleaning up and changing. Just hop in the Duramax and head up to the clubhouse, drop the trailer, and lock her in 4X4 Low. Stretch out your 20’ tow straps and hop into the waist deep stench muck and then go armpit deep to dig the mud away from your receiver hitch tow shackle.,  Try to keep you face above water.

Here is the fun part: tell your wife she has to hop in the wheeler, submerging herself up to her fun-bags and steer while you pull her out.  *WARNING* Wives really complain at this point (loudly I might add), especially once the water starts draining up on dry land and the frogs start hopping about.

At this point, you will want to unhook your spare tire and yank off the rear left that you tore the valve stem off in your panic R>F>R>F, etc shifting.

Now you will want to unhook the tow straps from both machines and reconfigure to the trailer ball for the D-Max and the winch hook of your formerly submerged buggy. You will be tempted by the mayhem-loving devil on your shoulder to turn the key. “It will probably start” he says, but unless your motor needs replacing, DON’T LISTEN TO HIM! Keep your hands far away from that connecting rod-bending key!

Tow over to trailer and unhook, drop rear ramp and front ramp, then reposition truck facing the front of the trailer and send town straps thru. Trailer wheel chocks are a must. Hook on and have wifey steer again * more grumbling*.  Put the big diesel in reverse and watch your 18’ enclosed trailer spring into the full upright position as you tow your two favorite things (for those of you who are slow on the uptake, that‘d be the wife and buggy) on board.  Do not fear. Your right foot, at this point, is directly related to how fast your trailer tongue comes back down to Terra fir-ma.

You know what to do next, but here’s what you don’t know: take your wheeler straight to Jackman Power Sports and talk to the long white bearded guy with the ashtray next to him (this tale has the end-my wife is griping again)

When he says “Clubhouse?” Hang your head in shame, then nod in the affirmative. When he says “I need to put signs up there.” Nod again In the north south direction and you may want to add a “please” because it sounds like there are countless others who have succumb to impassivity in that neighborhood. When he says “I don’t know if I can get to it, I only have one guy on tomorrow” Tell him your wife is really upset and that it’s her birthday tomorrow (truth) and she only wants to ride.

October Guest Jounal

I have not entered guest journal quotes monthly like I used to but sometimes, one entry will catch my eye. This is part of what Cathy and Dana said this weekend after being here to bird hunt.
“It-s nice to get away from life, take a deep breath of fresh air, and relax.”

January 2012 QUOTES from our Guests

I realize that it is not [i]quite[/i] January but the family who left today may have stayed into January had the cabin been available. They were just lovely and I wanted to share their New Year experience with you. We enjoyed seeing the kids sledding down the hill, even though only about an inch of snow on the ground and their excitement to walk on a frozen lake. SO thank you family for having such a great time in the Northeast and we hope your next visit, we have more snow.

December 28, 2011
We just arrived to a cozy warm cabin (it is 11 degrees outside). My family (hubby and 4 children) and I came all the way from Orlando Florida (75 degrees) to see some snow. We [u]were not[/u] disappointed.
-On our 2nd day here we drove to the Canadian border & the views were breathtaking
-On our 3rd day we drove to Greenville to look for Moose & see the B-52 crash site. The road up the mountain was a little scary but we enjoyed the trip. No Moose 🙁 We ate lunch at Auntie Ms & the burgers were great. Note: Cash only dinner was at BigWood Steakhouse. Amazing.
We loved our visit. We are pulling out in the morning. Maine is a beautiful treasure, we cant wait to come again. We would stay in no other place. Truly a family feel. Our children are thrilled there is snow in the forecast tonight. What a nice end to our trip. Thanks for everything
Most sincerely yours, Randall, Kelly, Savannah, Randy, Andrew, & Kris Cabin #4

MAY 2011 QUOTES from our Guests

This sweet couple came her as part of their honeymoon…she writes almost as a poet or at least tells a nice story plus one of her experiences explains why we need to watch where we walk when exploring:

“May 10-13
We came here on our honeymoon. I was so charmed when we came in-this cabin was perfect, especially with the kitchenette and shower. We went waterfall hunting-we found “the Falls” just off N201, the Herald Stream Falls, & the Moxie Falls (S201). We looked for the COld River Falls but could not find it. “The Falls” was the prettiest but Moxie was impressive.
We also went canoeing, exploring Big Wood lake. The 1st day we went to the southern tip of Hog Island. We saw some MASSIVE birch trees, bigger then I-d ever seen. There was also one part that was like a tree cemetery; more fallen trees then standing, in various states of decay., some only half fallen, their strips of bark hanging from the neighbor tree-s branches. Running back across this tip I startled a Mamma Grouse (dunno if it was a ruffed grouse) Suddenly, she was up in my face flapping frantically & hissing. I looked down & at my feet saw her nest, with perfect pearly white eggs laying in the leaves. The mamma continued to circle me & hiss, her feathers all puffed up. I backed up slowly & made a wide detour around her nest. It was a windy day so hard work getting back to camp-520 paddle strokes on my part. Probably over 1000 for the whole excursion.
2nd day went canoeing down to where Attean Pond flows into Big Wood, to see the bridge (K Truss) Calm day, very nice paddling. Well over 1000 strokes there and back. Saw a bunch of loons.
We-ve also enjoyed playing cribbage in the evenings and having dinner “IN”.
Coming here was a surprise from my husband, & I-ve enjoyed it greatly. Had a wonderful Time. “The Boon Team” from Georgia” in Kona, Cabin #9

JANUARY 2011 QUOTES from our Guests

January 17-21
[u]Monday[/u]-Sunny and 1 degree! ~3 of us visiting from Cape Cod. We have been snowmobiling in Jackman for years but this is our 1st time staying in the Cozy Cove Cabins. Great spot ❗ ~ 60 mile this afternoon ❗

[u]Tuesday[/u]-7am 2 degrees & snowing. Snowed all day about 6 inches in town. Just what the trails needed. Another 60 miles this afternoon.

[u]Wednesday[/u]-24 degrees at 7am. 102 mile ride today-The Birches/Rockwood and back. Great day ❗

[u]Thursday[/u]- 6 degrees at 6:30 am-sunny morning! 105 miles today and another route to Rockwood ❗ * My amazing Boyfriend proposed to me here in Jackman! And we are engaged ❗ ❗ ❗

[u]Friday[/u] 6am. Packing up and headed back to the Cape. We had a great time as always and a wonderful stay at Cozy Cove! Thank You ❗
➡ Jayne, Tyler , and David from Cape Cod MA Cabin #4

January 15th
This is our 2nd stay at Cozy Cove but our 1st in the Eagles Nest. This cabin is PERFECT:!: ❗ Greg and the kiddos took a walk across the ice. Checked our some of the neighbors ice traps. They even got to see someone catch a fish. The sun is shining and it should be a wonderful day.
➡ Greg, Dawn Ethan, Bryan, Elaine, Hayley, and Lauren from Maine-Cabin #4

SEPTEMBER 2010 QUOTES from our Guests

September 20
Day 1. Put about 100 miles on our ATVs on the trails-went to the Canadian border and Coburn Mt. We had an excellent tour guide here named Jim. He and his wife Brenda have been coming here for 15 years ❗ We were awestruck by the amount of beauty surrounding us . At dusk, we came across a moose on the trail”-a large female and a huge male ❗ They were amazing”-it was a first for everyone to see moose. We also saw a red fox! Great Day ❗
Chris, Vickie, Russell, and Judy from NJ in Cabin #4

September 9th
We are so grateful to be here to be away form the rat race and enjoy the wilderness of northern Maine. We absolutely love Jackman and Cozy Cove Cabins. Hiking, Kayaking, rock climbing, 4-wheeling, and bear hunting. All have made for a wonderful experience, all the while getting plenty of rest. This trip has breathed new life into us and for that we thank our God in heaven and we thank you Tami and Steve for making our stay here very enjoyable.
Lee and Lori Cabin #8

September 2nd
we had a great stay: great weather, great trails, great scenery, and great people. SO much to do so little time. Well definitely be back.
Kurt and Heather from Palmyra, Me

AUGUST 2010 QUOTES from our Guests

August 16
Well, as I sit here on the deck the last day before we leave. I am just taking in this beautiful picture that I will hold onto till next summer. We didnt really do much this year. Went to Greenville for dinner, saw a moose, we went on the kayaks around Hog Island and saw an eagle!! Kevin did some fishing and I read a good book, stuff that we dont do at home. Its been a tough year for us, loosing my Mom, a very dear friend that we met our first year up here, Lee and Murphy. But being here made our hearts heal a bit, its so wonderful to have a place to call home and that wouldnt be possible without Tami and Steve. Thanks for everything but most of all, thanks for your friendship. Love you both
Celie & Kevin from NJ Cabin #2

August 7-14
Couldn-t have asked for better hosts or weather. Tami and Steve were great. “The meteor shower was the icing on the cake”
The Dempseys from NY IN Cabin #1

JULY 2010 QUOTES from our Guests

July 31
“One week has flown by. We hope everyone has a laid back relaxing week as we have. Enjoy Tami and Steve-s hospitality. It is great”
Vikki, Mike and Randy Cabin #1 from Massachusetts

July 25
First day we went 4 wheeling to Pittston Farm and the some- did 120 miles-awesome ride. Next day girls were beat so guys went out and us girls hiked Moxie Falls which was beautiful, then went out on paddle boats then the kayaks. Gorgeous day. Also sat up at Bald Mtn for 2.5 hours waiting to see a moose.
Saw 2….”
Lloyd and Tracey from NY

July 18
“I do not think the view could be any more beautiful and seeing that first thing in the morning guaranteed a great day. The paddleboats were a struggle in the whitecaps but a memory we will never forget. SO thank you for a memorable weekend.”
Ryan and family from N. Attleboro Cabin #2

July 8
“Our first time at the cabins and we had found it breath taken. It is so beautiful here and definitely cozy ❗ The sunsets are absolutely beautiful. The best I have ever seen.”
The Dagenair Family Cabin #1

JUNE 2010 QUOTES from our Guests

June 20
Thanks for a lovely stay @ cozy Cove Cabins. The weather was incredible-85 degrees, good fishing, & the children greatly enjoyed the waterfront, paddleboats & fishing for yellow perch off the dock. We look forward to a return visit next spring. 38 brook trout:!:
Cabin #1 The Crocker Family, Maine

APRIL 2010 QUOTES from our Guests

April 22-23
This is our first trip to Maine and had the most memorable weekend. The Cabin is everything we could have hoped for. Thanks for all the tips, we did see 2 moose
❗ ❗
I wish every weekend could be as peaceful as this one was ❗ It was a nice change to not let time have us. We finally werent on a schedule. This was every bit of the way we wanted to spend our first anniversary ❗
Thank you so much!
Cant wait to come back!
Melvin and Joanna Springfield Mass