A journal entry from a family who stayed with us this weekend.
“A wonderful family getaway to escape the world and craziness of the covid-19 pandemic. Nothing like the great outdoors of Northern Maine to relax and refresh the soul.
We rode snowmobiles, ice-fished (caught 2 trout), saw 12 deer, sled, ate, drank, smiled a lot, completed the puzzle here in Cabin 4 (took 4 days) and very much enjoyed the sunsets from the Eagle’s Nest.
Just love the good ol’ fashioned Maine hospitality here at Cozy Cove Cabins.
Thanks Steve and Tami!! Be back real soon! Peace and love”
Sami, TJ, Lillian and their dog Hazel
Sounds funny to be excited for a big snowstorm but this week, I think we had the most snow fall in one day then we had all season. We had high winds most of the day so the snow was blowing sideways. Toward evening, the winds calmed down and these huge fluffy flakes fell. At that moment, it was simply beautiful.
By morning, the groomers went through the trail system for some of the best riding options all season.
We heard the temperatures will increase next week with the possibility of rain but have no fear, our trails are not in danger of going away.
Call now for your March reservation. If you do not have a snowmobile, no worries. You can rent them in town or maybe try snowshoeing or X-country skiing.
The deer have been traveling out on the ice almost every day. Today I saw 2 groups cross over from Hog Island to the Main land. I hope they stop crossing back and forth once the ice starts to thaw.
In 2015, during ice thaw, a few deer fell though and thanks to our fire and rescue, they did save a couple of them.
No, that is not what this is but with all the wind and the snow drifts over the ice, and how the sun is hitting it just right? It could be waves on a white ocean?
What an awesome sunset last night. They have been out there all day! Hope they caught a big one
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.
This seems way too early for this much snow but here it is. We measured about 7 inches and it is still snowing.The forecast though for tonight and tomorrow is high winds, blowing snow, and temperatures below 20.
It won’t be long before the snowmobiles are running and the ice fisherman are fishing. Are you ready?
The lake rose last week so it is well beyond our shoreline. This morning, we could not even see anything from the webcam with the snowfall and fog coming off the lake. You can almost see the island now.
Of course, the first thing Maggie did was bury her nose in the snow, but in the air, I think looking for the grass? Or maybe just to play. But how cute is this?
Overnight, the reports we have heard are from 9-12inches. YEAH
Every year we send out Christmas cards to those of you who have stayed with us in the past. The average is around 800 cards. I can only go back about 3 years so unless you are a regular, and have not been here in awhile, you may be missing this. Plus many come back to me as “Return to sender” or “insufficient address”.
So, if you did not get one this year, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Joyous New Year. Hope you visit with us again.
Tami, Steve, and Maggie
We just received trail update from the Border Riders Club. Technically, the rails are open but they have only been rolled and panned so far. We need another 6-8 inches before we can start grooming them. With the snow today and more expected next week, they should be good to go for NEW Year Weekend.
The foresters notified the Club last week of areas affected which means, again, this affects our trail system. Many people have been working hard to re route some trails and add new signs so that you all can get where you want to go. Many changes this year so until they can get a new map printed, please watch for signage.
Here are some of the key changes:
The clubhouse trail (North on the Dumas Road) will only be open on weekends, due to wood harvesting.
The Pittston Farm trail has changed dramatically – a longer ride. Right now there is a rough section where we just excavated to connect to the Pittston trail.
There is no Alt ITS 89 South route this year as they will be wood harvesting.
There will be a section of ITS 88 that will be shared or rerouted in a couple weeks due to wood harvesting.
A firm reminder from the club: Stay off any plowed road and do not ride in any wood plantations. We do not want to loose our landowners permission to use their land.
I hope this helps for the first of the year trail report.
LET IT SNOW!!!