Again, Still….a winter wonderland

Tuesday March 20, 2007
WINTER UPDATE
Isn-t tomorrow the 1st day of Spring? I do believe someone who loves me was tired of me complaining about not getting enough snow in January and is trying to keep piling it on!!!!!
It is snowing again today, at times here at Cozy Cove Cabins, SIDEWAYS!
Latest trail reports are still GOOD RIDING in the region so hurry on up, we all know that “”if you like the weather now, give it a minute and it will change”” Check out our WEATHER tab for weather updates.

Saturday March 17, 2007
Well, I did not think I would have any more winter entries but here we are….woke this morning to a winter wonderland. πŸ˜• … not sure how I feel about this ❗

It is a little blowy out but I do believe there is at least a foot of snow on the ground. And it is still snowing pretty hard right now. This winter is definitely going to go out like a lion ❗

Well one more yahoo ❗ for the snowmobilers. It should be a good ride this weekend; lots of power and not a lot of crowds. Come on up if you have not already packed away the winter sleds and gear.

Jackman TRAIL REPORT and ICE FISHING in Jackman

This will probably be our last entry on snowmobiling in Jackman or Ice fishing on Big WoodΓƒΖ’Γ‚Β’ΓƒΒ’Γ’β‚¬Ε‘Γ‚Β¬Γƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦..I fear the seasons are coming to an end and spring could be on its way. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› πŸ™
I guess you can tell I have mixed feelings on this πŸ˜• I love winter and all its beauty but I also love spring and all its wonder…..anyhow….

I spoke to one rider yesterday who just came back from Pittston Farms and he said the “”ride was sweet”” so there is still good riding in the region but you may have to go through some rough areas to get to it.

Big Wood Lake is still quite frozen with the season ending on March 31stΓƒΖ’Γ‚Β’ΓƒΒ’Γ’β‚¬Ε‘Γ‚Β¬Γƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦.so there is still plenty of time to get the big one ❗ Ice fishermen have done great this year on Big Wood so far! Any predictions of Ice Out ❓

Although the weather right now is above 40 and it drizzled rain last night, meteorologist in Bangor say a cold front is coming in tonight with more precipitation expectedΓƒΖ’Γ‚Β’ΓƒΒ’Γ’β‚¬Ε‘Γ‚Β¬Γƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦and we all know that this could mean SNOW in Jackman this weekend. Only Mother Nature knows. Watch our Weather tab more reports on the weather here at Cozy Cove Cabins.

Winter Fun in Jackman

Wednesday February 21,2007
Since the storm, it has been pretty busy around here so I apologize for not adding any updates until now. They say we had about 30 inches from that storm but around Cozy Cove Cabins, we could not tell. Half of the snow from the lake blew onto our property I think πŸ˜† We were able to get the area plowed but we did need an excavator to help move up and over. Plus all the other snow we had to move: roofs, decks, etc.

Trail reports have been great. Our guests have gone into Canada, over to Pittston Farms, and down to Eusits. The beginning of the weekend had some rough spots but now that the snow had a chance to harden up and groomed again and again, they have been great.

Kids this weekend were building forts in the snow mounds and sliding down the other side. What fun!

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Thursday February 15,2007
WHAT A STORM!

The wind picked up sometime last night so when we woke….oh wow, what a sight. It was still snowing but the wind was blowing so hard that we believe half of the snow that fell on the lake was on our property!
Steve wondered if he wasted his time plowing last night or thankful that he moved as much as he did.
One of our guests made the mistake of leaving their sleds out all night. Even though they put one behind their trailer, the sled was buried this morning.

It is unsure how much snow we actually got in the region because of the wind. Perhaps someone in town may have an idea.

So we have been plowing and blowing (which using a snow blower when it is windy does not really work well) and shoveling all morning. Now the sun is out and it sure is pretty.

If you are on your way up to the region today or this weekend, drive careful as the winds are blowing much snow onto the roads. The plow trucks are doing a great job with the roads but their still may be drifts. And no matter where you are staying this weekend, be kind to your hosts as they must of all had a busy day today trying to make room for you and your trailers.

I did get pictures this morning and will try to post them later but for now, back to work!

Well finally, here is one picture we took Thursday Morning before we started to plow. Today, it was even worse so we had an Excavator come in to help move some of the snow!
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Wednesday February 14, 2007 HAPPY Valentine-s DAY

The winter storm is on it-s way. This morning we had about 4 inches by 9am. At 6pm, I was shoveling off our deck for the second time today, and it began to snow harder so that by the time I was done, there was another inch down where I had cleaned off first. Now at 8pm, I measured a total of 16 + inches on our deck. The wind has not started yet so who knows what tomorrow will bring. Steve is still outside plowing our drive area…his fourth run at the place. It is cold out but luckily, no wind today.
I guess no valentine dinner for us tonight!

Tuesday February 13th 2007

SNOW IN JACKMAN UPDATE!
YEAH!!!! A storm is coming. . . Supposed to start tomorrow and continue through Thursday. If you are on your way up, travel safe! I-ll try to update this or the weather tab tomorrow night or Friday. If it is not too windy, I-ll catch a video for those of you not able to enjoy this white stuff we love up here.

Saturday February 10, 2007

Big Wood Lake was alive today with Ice fisherman riding their sleds, their Quads, and their vehicles to find that perfect fishing spot. And they are all doing great…well most. This is the Fishing Derby weekend too so I wonder who will win the big prize.

Snowmobilers were also all over the lake … riding across the lake to access the Northern trails. Reports from riders are that the trails are good. Some areas are not perfect but they are having a great time this weekend ❗

The temperature is 10 above but still a bite in the air as the wind comes off the Lake. Most say “”oh it-s not bad”” but too cold for me to go out there so sorry, no videos this weekend….maybe later today we will cover up and go out there. The sun is still too high for good photography anyhow :wink:[i][/i]

2007 Ice Fishing Begins on Big Wood Pond

January 12th UPDATE
The temperatures are still around 30 but chill factor is about 20ish. Our guests that just left told us that they road all over the lake with their quad and the thinnest is about 8 inches that they found. GREAT FISHING for them this week. Some of their best catch days were right out front of Cozy Cove Cabins….I guess that was why on the 5th, so many were fishing right out front! The salmon are hungry!

January 8th UPDATE
YEAH ❗ SNOW ❗ Temps are staying below 30 since the rain on Saturday? I think Saturday. anyhow, what rain fell then froze over on the lake. Forecasters are saying it will even get colder this week.
Reports from guests today say it is 7 inches thick at about 220 yards out. They caught a salmon and a splake πŸ™‚ So far they are very “”happy campers”” or should I say Happy Fisherman ❗

January 5th Update
A little drizzle of rain today but this did not seem to keep the “”true and dedicated ice fishermen”” off the ice. There was about 20 people out this morning all in front of Cozy Cove and what was Tuckaway Shores. Why is this? Are the fish biting better here or is the ice a little thicker here? …maybe a combination. Most reports say that many of the lakes are not thick enough to go out on but you would not know it by looking out the window today!
If you enjoy fishing stories, go to the essays of David, a man who lived in the camp next to us many years ago. They are enjoyable to read. This site is his story of ice fishing. http://w3.ime.net/~eldorado/is.html Enjoy ❗

January 4th Update!
Big Wood continues to freeze. Steve has not gone out yet today to measure the thickness but there is 1 Ice Shack mid lake and 1 near our shore that went out today. Reports that Little Big Wood was 6inches this weekend.

The thermometer on our deck is showing 38 so temperatures are not as warm as they report on the news. That-s a good thing ❗

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January 1, 2007
…and the ice fishing season has begun. Some people have ventured out near the island on foot and I even see 2 shacks out there…to the right of this photo…:o and a couple dogs running about. But most are staying near shore on this side of the lake.

As to their luck ❓ No clue as of yet but it is a nice day out, a little overcast but it is not raining and the wind is not blowing. It seems that everyone is having a great day on the ice, even if they do not get the big one. ❗

Big Wood Lake Fishing Derby

Make your plans now for the 3rd Annual Big Wood Lake Close-up Fishing Derby. Lodging is filling up!

This event takes place on the weekend of February 10-11. It will include fishing on Little Big Wood also. Bring your friends and your children and have a great weekend in Jackman…Maine, the way life should be!

Cash prizes plus the Grand prize is a 9″” Jiffy Stealth STX Ice auger. πŸ˜€

Registration is required with a fee of $20 for 16 and older and $10 for children under 16.
For more information, contact Hal at 207-668-5291 Ext 16.

Big Wood Lake – Ice Fishing Safety

We get asked daily if the lake is frozen and thankfully….it is continuing to freeze more and more every day.

“”David”” wrote a comment to our Happy New Year entry and left a web site to go to for those of you going out on the ice; anywhere and anytime. http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/ierd/ice_safety/safety.html
It is worth looking over. Below is just one excerpt from the article.

* Never go out on an ice cover alone, and never go out on the ice if there is any question of its safety.
* While you are planning the outing, obtain the record of air temperature for the past several days and continue observing air temperatures while the ice will be used to support loads.
* Always let someone know of your plans and when you will return.
* When you arrive at the water-s edge, visually survey the ice. Look for open water areas, and look for signs of recent changes in water levels: ice sloping down from the bank because the water dropped, or wet areas on the ice because the water rose and flooded areas of the ice that couldn-t float because it was frozen to the bottom or the banks. (If the ice is snow-covered, look for wet areas in the snow.)
* Listen for loud cracks or booms coming from the ice. In a river this can mean the ice is about to break up or move; on a lake larger than several acres such noises may be harmless responses to thermal expansion and contraction.
* Look for an easy point of access to the ice, free of cracks or piled, broken ice.
* If you are taking a vehicle or other equipment on the ice, go out on foot first. Vigorously probe ahead of yourself with the ice chisel. If the chisel ever goes through, carefully turn around and retrace your steps back to shore, and try again some other day.
* Near shore, listen for hollow sounds while probing. Ice sloping down from the bank may have air space underneath. This is not safe; ice must be floating on the water to support loads.
* After getting on the ice, others in the group should follow in the leader-s steps, but stay at least 10 feet apart.
* Only after you have learned the characteristics of the ice cover should any vehicle be taken on the ice.

As the ice fishing season begins for 2007, we hope everyone has a great time, gets the big one πŸ™„ But Mainly….stays safe ❗

It snowed in Jackman!

Finally ❗
It has snowed lightly for the past couple days and we are finally beginning to look like a winter wonderland. Our positive thinking is working. Keep thinking SNOW!

I do not believe this was enough snow to open the trails but it is a great start to a long winter season…in like a lamb and out like a lion…is how I believe the saying goes.

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This photo was taken this morning. As you may be able to see, our side of the lake has layer of ice and snow but the other side is open.

Watch our weather reports as we will update you when it snows or if their are any lake changes. Have a great day πŸ˜‰ ❗

Is Big Wood Lake Frozen Yet?

The big question of the past few weeks has been “”Is Big wood frozen yet ❓ “”

As for the lake…it had a thin coating on it a week ago, then opened up again on the west side. Our side of the lake is still a little frozen. The good news is that the weather reports are calling for temperatures to stay 30 and below so the lake should be ready to fish by season open ❗ We will try to keep our reports updated.

The other question we get is “”Do you have snow ❓ “”
We have not had enough snow yet to brag about BUT today as I drove from the border, it was snowing there and when I arrived home, at Cozy Cove, it started as a small flake and a mix of sleet. Now as I sit here typing this out, the flakes are now large flakes…not a blizzard but it is snowing and I am singing!

“”LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!””

If we all get into the Christmas spirit and everyday, sing the following carol…..sorry but I only know parts of the song but I think you can recognize it by the following…..Maybe we will have a white Christmas and the snow will continue through to March.

“”The weather outside is frightful, da-da-da-delightful, da-da-da-da-da-da,
LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW ❗ “”

If anyone knows the words, feel free to add them to the comments.

Have a great day!
Tami

December 19th – “”David”” was kind enough to send a “”comment”” with all the words to this song.

Thanks David It worked a bit. We got a nice little covering of snow ❗

Jackman Maine Sled Dog Race

November is coming to an end and the winter season of fun in Jackman is about to begin. Starting off this winter in Jackman is a Sled dog race, the 1st one being in December.

They are also sponsoring a dinner – auction that night of December 9th at the Clubhouse.
Lots of food and fun for all and the proceeds go to the Sled Dog Club.
For tickets or more information, please call ➑ Beth at 207-668-2042.

2006-2007 Jackman area Race Schedule:
The first race is the Moose River Run scheduled for December 9-10.
The second in Jackman is the Plum Creek Challenge on January 6th and 7th.
Then finally, the Northeast Championship is scheduled for March 2-4.
(4.5, 7, and 15 mile loops with a dual start)

These Dog Sled races draw Mushers from around the world including world gold medallists so whether you are a participant or a spectator, there is lots of fun for the whole family.

jackman-blog-ccc Although you cannot be on all the trails to watch these wonderful animals and their Drivers (Mushers), there is one area we have gone that you can see them in action. Another option is the club invites anyone to join them to work on the trails where you can really have an opportunity to be up close to the race and see the “”on- trail”” action.

Or go to the Border Riders Clubhouse and you can be right in the middle of the excitement at the start and finish lines. Then when you need to warm up, have some laughs in the clubhouse, get a snack and listen to the stories the drivers may tell.

Another part of these races that I enjoyed is the Scandinavian sport of Skijoring. The dogs pull their driver on skis, no sleds involved. Originally, these skiers were pulled by horses. I am not sure which would be harder!!

All Races will be held at the Border Riders Sportsman Club in Dennistown, just north of Jackman.

The sled dog races in Jackman are organized by the [url=http://cozycovecabins.com/maine-outdoor-winter.php]Jackman Sled Dog [/url] Club and the Down East Sled Dog Club.
If you would like to enter or want more information please go to their website at
http://www.desdc.org/ or call ➑ 207-539-8486