Fall sunset

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.

Retaining wall of Birdhouses

I went down river the other day and it seems the birdhouses on the retaining wall in Moscow has grown. This image was taken a few years back I think.

It really is incredible to see the creative houses made from simple colorful ones to hard hats, oars, the shape of animals, some with names of a business and even the state of NJ. (one of our regulars made that one)

So when you are on your way up to visit us or Jackman, keep an eye out for the wall in Moscow. The only precaution I have is if you choose to slow down to take in all of it, put your flashers on and stay to the side of the road. There really is not an easy place to pull  over there.

 

Discover Maine

Here we are, mid July and this Pandemic is still around. We do hope that all of you out thee are staying safe and still able to enjoy the summer.

We are lucky in Maine that there has not been many horrific outbreaks.  Could it be that people are maintaining distances or wearing face coverings in Maine, or is it simply because our clean air and ability to get out in it is helping?   Who knows.

We do know that Maine people this summer are truly discovering Maine!  Specifically, our area and maybe even other towns that they have never been to before.  At least this is what are guests are saying.

Many of our guests so far have said they have never been to Jackman.  They wanted a place to visit where they could get out and explore the outdoors and feel like they can still maintain distance from others.

That is what the Jackman region can offer.  Wide open space.  You do not need to have an ATV, a boat, or even a fishing pole to be outdoors.  But if you do, we have lakes and streams to fish and trails to ride. Or, you can stay at camp and play ball with the kids, swim in the lake, make a campfire at night and roast marshmallows. Or put on some sunscreen and just enjoy being outdoors and the serenity many find here.

We had a group here this week that brought their ATVs, grills, pop up tent and corn hole game.  They rode hard all day then spent the evenings talking, laughing, cooking out and watching a sunset by the campfire. What a great way to end a perfect day with friends.

4th of July parade winners

Once again, our guests, Celie and Kevin designed a float for the Jackman 4th of July Parade and won, the most outrageous award.

The initial plan was modified as they did not have a big trailer to attach.  The theme was supposed to be something along the lines of “Summer 2020” but there was not enough room to add the summer props.

But the dressed in full “isolation” suits with a bathing suit over top, masks, and all carried bottles of “hand sanitizer” to spray the crowds.   Of course Henry (the jeep has a name) also wore a mask.

The best part was that all along Main street, everyone laughed as we drove by. (Yes I drove)  SO it served its purpose.   Make the best of what it is.

4th of July 2020 in Jackman

Even with all of the pandemic issues and guidelines issued, the Town of Jackman has announced that they will offer fireworks at the Town field this year.

Along with that, there will be a parade also starting at 4pm on the 4th.  If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, locals or visitors alike, contact the JMRRCOC, www.jackmanmaine.org, for more information.  Their email is jackmanchamber@gmail.com.

Of course,social distancing and/or wearing a facial covering is recommended per Maine CDC guidelines.  Or plan to view the parade or the fireworks from your car.

For those of you staying with us that weekend, we will have our Annual Potluck Picnic after the parade. If you want to participate, bring a dish to share. We will provide hotdogs, condiments, utensils and desert.  You may also want to bring your beach chair so that we can maintain distance with everyone.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July Celebration

Effects of Covid-19 in Jackman

First, let me say that we truly hope you are all doing well and that neither you or yours have become ill with the virus. If you have, again, hope you fought back and are now ok.

This is an awful thing happening to the world on so many levels.  But as there have been other catastrophes, epidemics, and life altering events in our histories, we will get through this one too.

Mid March or so, social distancing was ordered and of course, all of our restaurants, bars and many lodging place closed or began to limit activity. Around that time, the landowners in the region also closed snowmobile trails on their land. It could have been because the snow was getting soft and did not offer good riding anyhow, but it also was related to the virus.

Hotels and cabins in the region, although were not restricted at that time, began refusing guests or limiting to essential workers only. I know we did also for the month except for a weekend mid march for 3 guys from Madison who wanted to ice fish. They were very considerate of the town, brought food and supplies from home, stayed on the ice all day and in the cabin at night, never venturing out to town at all.    After they left, we let the cabin sit quiet for a day before entering it with a can of Lysol.

Our Governor of Maine then issued a mandate to close everything until April 31  except essential businesses. This included lodging.   Luckily for us and others in the region, this is a normal downtime. Trails are closed, there is no open water fishing yet, and mountains are too wet for hiking or ATV trails to open.  But our bars and restaurants usually would stay open for locals or travelers passing through.

Bishops Store jumped in (in March) and chose to supply dinners for seniors and kids at a fair price, even delivering to those who could not leave their homes. They received over $4000.00 in cash donations from the community which allowed them to keep the prices low.  I think Ray said they had enough donations to keep the program going until the end of April.  They also offer take out and discourage people from roaming inside the store.

Our grocery store, hardware stores, town hall, doctors office, and post office are all open (limiting hours) and using precautions also. A couple other restaurants have offered take out on weekends. I think everyone that can have tried to offer support to each other as able.

SO what will happen in the future?

The Moose Lottery event at Sky Lodge planned for June is cancelled. They will do the drawings virtually.   They did promise though that Jackman will be the location of 2021 Moose Lottery Drawing.

As for other events and activities for the summe5r, this is all an unknown. We will have to see what our Governor chooses to mandate or if the town of Jackman chooses to issue any town wide mandates.

As for us, we are working on redoing the insides of a couple cabins, spending as little as possible just in case.   We have 3 big expenses coming up in the next 2 months and hope we can get them done. Not only financially but with the weather permitting.

We are still taking reservations for the upcoming months with the understanding on both sides that things may change. We have set up some basic standards that any guest who makes or has a reservation should keep in mind. First and foremost, if a guest becomes ill and their doctor recommends they isolate (within 2 weeks of a reservation) we expect that reservation to be cancelled. We are also asking future guests to be considerate of this small safe town. Bring you own food and supplies from home, bring a mask to wear (I may try to make some for you all to use if needed) if you have to go into any stores, and practice social distancing except with your immediate family in your cabin. This should probably be common practice throughout the summer and maybe into Fall, no matter where you are.

Personally, I think people can enjoy some summer vacations in these remote areas especially when keeping these things in mind. There are hiking trails, lakes and streams to fish, ATV trails to ride (when open), yard games or swimming in the lake, all activities as these do maintain physical distancing from others.

SO be safe, be kind, be healthy.  We hope to see you soon.

Sadly, there will be no hugs of welcome from me this year. For those of you who no me, no this will be a hard task.

 

Weather in Jackman, Maine

Just a little update on the weather and lake conditions here in Jackman.

It has been pretty darn cold still.  Just above or below freezing but windy so feel much colder.   We even had a bit of a snow squall yesterday evening. Very little stuck to the ground but it was a very unwelcome site.

Our shoreline is showing signs of snow melt as the waters are higher but it appears the lake is all still frozen.  I would not walk on it but it does not seems to be thawing out much yet.

This is a shot from our Webcam this morning.

Good luck to those of you who entered your guess for our ice out contest.

State of Maine Order Establishing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine

As normal for this time of year, we have already closed all the camps by mid March, but a new order came out from our Governor yesterday defining Maine’s new lodging restrictions.

We will continue to take reservation for May (for ice out fishing) and beyond with the understanding that things may change with more restrictions for lodging being possible.  If you do plan to travel in Maine after this restriction, please continue to  be considerate of others, keep your physical distancing, shop at home and not in the small communities, and stay healthy.

We hope if people can restrain from traveling this month and even into May, we all will be able to look forward to a healthy summer season.

These new orders are effective from April 5th through April 31st.

I.ORDERS

  1. To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the public health and health delivery system are capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, any person, resident or non-resident, traveling into Maine must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or for the balance of 14 days dating from the day of arrival, except when engaging in essential services as defined in Executive Order 19FY 19/20.
  2. The Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority are hereby directed to post a summary of this Order at all major points of entry into Maine and on highway message boards. The Portland Jetport, the Bangor International Airport and all other Maine airports, all bus stations and passenger train stations are also directed to post the substance of this Order.
  3. Guidance for self-quarantine may be made available by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Maine if they are displaying symptoms ofCOVID-19, and are advised not to travel to Maine if they are traveling from cities and regions identified as COVID-19 “hot spots,” including, among others, the cities of Detroit, Chicago and New York City. In addition, residents of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should refrain from travel to Maine in strict compliance with USCDC travel guidance issued Saturday, March 28, 2020 and any subsequent travel guidance that may be issued during the pendency of this Order. 2

5. For the purpose of clarifying Essential Services as defined in 19FY 19/20, effective April5, 2020 at 12:00 noon, all lodging operations and accommodations shall close except to the extent of providing lodging for the purposes stated below. Lodging operations and accommodations are defined to include, but not limited to, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals, such as those made available through VRBO, Homeaway, AirBnb and other services, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities.

Lodging may be provided only for the following purposes:

a.Housing vulnerable populations, including children in emergency placements, persons at risk of domestic violence, and homeless individuals as permitted by the State.

b.Providing accommodations for health care workers, or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure.

c.Use of lodging properties as self-quarantine or self-isolation facilities as arranged by the State.

d.Limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of residents as otherwise approved by the State. On-line reservations shall be suspended, and lodging providers shall post a prominent notice on their web platforms to advise potential guests that reservations for lodging in Maine, as allowed above, shall be accepted by phone only. Lodging providers may permit existing guests to remain through the end of their scheduled stay but may not allow stay extensions or new reservations, except for the purposes set forth above.

6.All state agencies and departments, including the offices of elected officials in the Executive Branch, which register, regulate or license lodging facilities, shall provide an electronic advisory regarding the suspension of lodging operations, consistent with this Executive Order.  d to be a violation of any such license, permit or other authorization to which pertinent penalties may be assessed.

You can read the full document here : https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEHHS/bulletins/284e4e8

End of March 2020

A friend of ours who obviously has “the eye” for capturing beauty on film, sent this to me today. Normally, at this time of year, you would not see the rocks along our shore nor the brown areas on the yard. It is usually all still white.  This is prettier, I think, in some ways. Of course the skyline adds to the beauty also.

It has been an odd cold but less snow winter this year. Even still, I am ready for spring thaw to happen and start working the garden and the yard.

We hope everyone is able to get out around their own home and breath in some fresh air and sunshine. Be safe and be healthy.