Spring 2018, HAHA

The first day of spring was last week but we are far from that I fear. You all may already have daffodils popping up and maybe even cut the grass but here, in Jackman, we are still covered in white.

This past weekend we had riders and ice fisherman that all had a wonderful time.  The days warmed up so late in the day, the trails became a bit soft but the night went back down to the teens.

Our ice fisherman all came back with a nice sun kissed glow to their faces.  It was beautiful all weekend with blue skies.

SO far this week, we are hitting the high forties but I just do not see the white going away yet, well at least not our piles.   Think SPRING!

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AS it is the end of March, you can see, I am about ready for winter to end.

We do not usually get to read all of the Journal entries during our busy months as we prefer to hear your stories.  Last August, we heard this story from our guest, his name will be protected, but he also wrote a great story in the journal which I have to share.  He must be a writer as it is very entertaining. It is a bit long but so worth the time. I am sorry I did not read it in August but very glad I did now.  PLUS, he offers a lesson and something for all of you to keep in mind as the 2018 ATV season begins.    Enjoy!

August 16-20, 2017

If you are driving by the clubhouse on ATV tires and you see a mud-running trench, just drive on by. Don’t be impulsive! But, if you are…and you find yourself fatefully shutting off the key with your muffler submerged, grab a five dollar bill from your wallet for your hitch back into town. Ensure you face traffic, smile and hold that five over your head so your ride can clearly see it, all the while knowing that you and your mud soaked wife are going to stink up your good Samaritan’s car for the next four miles.

Once you get back to the puzzle palace (Jester) don’t bother cleaning up and changing. Just hop in the Duramax and head up to the clubhouse, drop the trailer, and lock her in 4X4 Low. Stretch out your 20’ tow straps and hop into the waist deep stench muck and then go armpit deep to dig the mud away from your receiver hitch tow shackle.,  Try to keep you face above water.

Here is the fun part: tell your wife she has to hop in the wheeler, submerging herself up to her fun-bags and steer while you pull her out.  *WARNING* Wives really complain at this point (loudly I might add), especially once the water starts draining up on dry land and the frogs start hopping about.

At this point, you will want to unhook your spare tire and yank off the rear left that you tore the valve stem off in your panic R>F>R>F, etc shifting.

Now you will want to unhook the tow straps from both machines and reconfigure to the trailer ball for the D-Max and the winch hook of your formerly submerged buggy. You will be tempted by the mayhem-loving devil on your shoulder to turn the key. “It will probably start” he says, but unless your motor needs replacing, DON’T LISTEN TO HIM! Keep your hands far away from that connecting rod-bending key!

Tow over to trailer and unhook, drop rear ramp and front ramp, then reposition truck facing the front of the trailer and send town straps thru. Trailer wheel chocks are a must. Hook on and have wifey steer again * more grumbling*.  Put the big diesel in reverse and watch your 18’ enclosed trailer spring into the full upright position as you tow your two favorite things (for those of you who are slow on the uptake, that‘d be the wife and buggy) on board.  Do not fear. Your right foot, at this point, is directly related to how fast your trailer tongue comes back down to Terra fir-ma.

You know what to do next, but here’s what you don’t know: take your wheeler straight to Jackman Power Sports and talk to the long white bearded guy with the ashtray next to him (this tale has the end-my wife is griping again)

When he says “Clubhouse?” Hang your head in shame, then nod in the affirmative. When he says “I need to put signs up there.” Nod again In the north south direction and you may want to add a “please” because it sounds like there are countless others who have succumb to impassivity in that neighborhood. When he says “I don’t know if I can get to it, I only have one guy on tomorrow” Tell him your wife is really upset and that it’s her birthday tomorrow (truth) and she only wants to ride.

Trail report for Jackman March 2018

I cannot say this this is a trail update as I think I only posted one trail report to the blog this season.   It has been a crazy winter.  More cold then snow.

Last weekend seems like it was the best storm we had for the trails.  Needless to say, this weekend will probably be the last and best of the whole season.

We have a solid base, the snow we did get last week gave the groomers something to work with.  And the temperatures….really cold at night.   The trails are flat and firm and fast.

Don’t forget ice fishing.   We have at least 3 feet of ice out on Big Wood.   Wonder if they will extend the ice fishing season in our region this year?


When I was standing out on the deck yesterday, I think I may have seen a coyote walking along the shore. Darn cabins were in my way and he wind was blowing so my eyes were watery but it was big grey with a bushy gray tail.

Wind and snow

Snow and windy but I think the winds have died down a little today. I do not believe there is any more snow on the lake since it all has been blown onto our driveway the past couple days.

Just a couple new drifts this morning. The drift behind Cabin 2 extended to mid driveway and over to cabin 8 yesterday. Easy 5 feet high. I think we may need to get Jason and his excavator here before the next snow.   We have to make room for you to part your trailers.

Merry Christmas 2017

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

First trail report for 2018

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.