What more is there to say!
What more is there to say!
The new year started out with not enough snow to ride but there are other things to do if you need a get away.
The first thought is Ice Fishing! Big wood has at least 7 inches. There was so much activity out there on the 1st, you would think it was party time!
How about snow shoeing or cross country skiing? There is enough snow on the ice to do this or utilize the trails at Sky Lodge. If you do not have your own, you can rent them at Unity College: Sky Lodge.
Or maybe build a snowman or have a snowball fight? Just get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
It seems every state in the country have seen more and more positive tests. In some areas, it is hard to comprehend the magnitude of this pandemic. Smaller and rural communities keep to themselves for the most part so the spread is minimal. But it is happening out there.
SO in the upcoming months., if you plan to visit our small community, this is what the current Maine guidelines from our Governor say:
Maine has three options for visitors to or from other states: 1) getting a recent negative COVID-19 test (further defined below); 2) maintaining compliance with a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine; 3) being exempted from the testing or quarantine requirement if you are a resident of the following states: New Hampshire, Vermont. Face coverings are REQUIRED by all in any indoor setting. Thee seems to be multiple options to get tested prior to leaving your state or on arrival. This is what is posted on The Maine Tourism site :
” We urge visitors to “Know Before You Go.” That means getting tested for COVID-19 and receiving results in your home state before traveling to Maine. If you cannot or choose not to get tested in your own state, you can get tested upon arrival. Maine now has Swab and Send PCR test sites available without physician referral in over 30 locations statewide, including the Portland Jetport—where HR Rapid Testing is available for only $25. Be sure to make an appointment in advance so you can travel with confidence.” More details of Maine guidelines can be found here: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/frequently-asked-questions.pdf
As with this summer guests, people traveled to stay here and in sporting camps all over Maine. They respected the communities, wore face coverings, brought their own supplies as much as possible. They went fishing, ATVing, boating, and hiking with those in their group. On one weekend this summer, I had 4 or 5 different groups down near the water and all kept their distance, played in the water, but separate from others and yet talked, shared experiences and concerns even, but simply, they wanted to just enjoy the outdoors.
Winter ice fishing and snowmobilers can do the same thing.
So to make it easiest for those out of state visitors to Maine, get a test, be sure and enjoy the outdoors.
Here is another informative link: www.visitmaine.com/travel-with-care
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?