Spring, lovingly called Mud Season in Jackman has finally arrived.
The first sign is the birds i hear in the mornings. A couple weeks ago, these small birds were all over the trees around Cozy Cove. Very chatty. Then as a group, they all take off and would move on to another set of trees. I wish I knew what they were. I assume they are migrating.
A few days ago, I heard the woodpeckers calling, then of course, they found a couple trees to peck.
Last night I saw 2 geese on our yard, which is actually almost a pond now) along with a duck or two.
This morning again, a few more sounds of birds that I have no clue what they are. With the trees around camp here, I can not usually see them well, even with binoculars but I hear them. Romping around, mating or making nests.
I have been watching for our tree swallows to start nesting in our many houses we have for them. None so far.
So along with the signs the birds are giving us, the piles of snow are melting pretty quick. The melt runoff has caused the lake waters to rise also. Soon we will be counting the moments for ice out. Below is a snapshot from our webcam this afternoon.
We had about 14 inches of snow last week, then a bit of rain which really only improved the trails. Yesterday the groomers all went out and worked their magic.
This photo is the bridge that crossed over Moose River.
But I like this one as he captured the trail in front of him as well as what is behind him. Nice shot Matt Stone!
Reports from our guests and others on the BRC FB page is that the trails are awesome, “mint” and perfect. The skies are blue today and a perfect day to be out on the trails.
More snow in the forecast!
WOw, this is the first time in the 15 years we have been here that they can actually say that the trails are open on December 15th! Of course not everything is in good condition yet but this is going to give us a good solid base. It seems if everyone can just wait a bit to ride, the trails will get better with more snow.
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.
It is simply beautiful out there and I had to share this with you. I took this photo about 10AM, and it is still snowing. I estimate that the total amount at that time was about 9 inches but we have started to get a little wind. Some snow blew off the deck and maybe some snow added to it. They say our totals should be over a foot after all said and done.
Hopefully, trails will open early this year.
About this time every year, we get to watch our Tree Swallows fight and flurry to get the best house and begin their nesting.
And it has begun! We have about 11 houses and it seems they all know to come back to play here at Cozy Cove Cabins.
How much fun it is to watch them making nests, fighting over the house, and then playing, I assume.
This one, I think they are having a discussion about who has to watch the nest and who gets to play.
And although they have not arrived yet, soon my finches will arrive too. Can’t wait.
This is the season to find birds in our region. I hear many calls and hoots just around here but I cannot see them. And the only sound I recognize is the chickadees.
We do have a few ducks already but I have not heard the loons yet. Of course, the lake is still ice but it won’t be long now.
Yes we still can have a trail report. We have not lost anything on the trails so riding is still really good in our area although there is not much snow left south of Parlin. Pittston area reporting good conditions also.
Temperatures have been in the 30s and below. It is actually snowing now 😯
This may be the last good weekend to ride.
We got about another 6-7 inches last night. I wish I could truly capture how pretty is it. It is like the trees have white fur on their limbs to keep the warm.
BRRR it is getting cold out there. 😯 But as the winter season approaches, we get the most incredible sunsets here at Cozy Cove Cabins.
Last night the wind was howling and the sky was full of fast moving clouds. Just as the sun was setting I captured this image. Enjoy
FYI- Maine has increased the Lodging Tax to 8% starting October 1, 2013 through June of 2015. They have also made some other changes to the Sales Tax rates which you can find on the Maine.gov website.