DECEMBER 2006 QUOTES from our guests

December 23-25
“”We decided to get away this Christmas and found Cozy Cove on line. We had a wonderful time and will be coming back. Tami and Steve were so welcoming and wonderful. Thank you for making our stay enjoyable. Happy Holidays. “” The Hammons in Cabin #4

December 28-January 1
“”Happy New Year
Spent tine with family that live on Long Pond And New Years too. Very nice cabin. Thanks for everything Tami and Steve. It was enjoyable. Be back soon.””
Chris, Missy, CJ, Janelle and Steph from New Haven

December 25-January 1,2007
“”We arrived on the 25th, our cabin lights were on, and there were presents for us on the table under a small Christmas tree. Thank you ❗ We have been coming up the week after Christmas for 5 years. It-s a nice get away, nice family time, good food, naps, lots of laughs ❗ The cabin was a bit small for the 5 of us and our lab…but as the old saying goes… -Loves grows stronger in small places…- Wishing light, laughter, and love to all…Tiff, Jay, Taylor, Leah, Cole and Jasper.

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 ❗

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM COZY COVE CABINS

We, Steve and Tami, want to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year in 2007 ❗

It looks like 2007 is going to start out snowy and cold. ..at least that is what is being reported.

It snowed most of yesterday and this am…about 2-4 inches here in town but hopefully, more in the mountains and north. A few guest trailered out up into Bald Mountain and said there was a little more snow there and at least they were able to ride today! Although, I think they are just enjoying being here for New Years, good riding or not!

Weather reports…it is hard to believe them because it snowed today with accumulation and yet reports say we should not have any accumulation so I guess we all just need to wait and see what mother nature brings us.

The lake seems to continue to freeze. Steve went out about 200 yards off our shore and said it was just under 2 inches thick. I do not know if this is “”safe”” to go out on yet, so if you do go out, please use extreme caution.

Again, Have a great New Year Holiday ❗

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 ❗

NOVEMBER 2006 QUOTES from our guests

This is our 5th year here at Cozy Cove Cabins and every year it is the same, peaceful! The cell phones don-t work here. My husband spends the days hunting while I read, crochet, or check out the wonderful town. I even went to Canada and shopped at Wal-Mart, it was only about 30 min from the border. Every night we eat out-MAMA BEARS, FOUR SEASONS, and we even tried a new pub and grill down the street, it even had a popcorn machine and a flat screen TV you can watch the football games.
But nothing can match the view from this living room window. “”
Kay and George from Pepperell MA November 19-25/06Cabin #4

“”The cabin was great ❗ Cozy and warm-perfect for a couple celebrating their anniversary ❗ We really enjoyed the quiet and peace. This is a perfect get away from the city””
Carrie and Matthew from NY 11/26 Cabin #6

November 6th – “”Cloudy today, snow early AM but melted off. Saw 3 ducks feeding 10 feet off shore line. Used my spotting scape to check them out up close. Brown and white with blue feathers in wing areas. The family came a shore to prune. muskrat feeding and playing in the water in the little cove.”” Tuesday 11/08 “” 2 loons graced the small cove fishing. My husband saw 1 moose while hunting for deer. On the way home, 2 deer-1 buck stood almost along side the road. Even if after hours-white tail always let you in on their own personal joke re: they come out after hours to let you know they are in the woods. I think animals have a good sense of humor-and good common sense not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”” Wednesday “” 2 crows took baths this AM on shore. IGA really good produce department. Nice people up there willing to help…
My family and I have been vakaying during hunting season since 1976. We always can depend on Cozy Cove Cabins for a wonderful stay. Cabins are clean and nice. As host and hostess -you could not ask for better professionals or willing people to see to it the stay of their campers. My son got a 175# 10 point buck our last day here ❗ “” The Bailey-s from Vt 11/5-17/06
Written by Rose Bailey who stayed here with her son and husband. She passed away in 2007 so this was her last stay in Jackman and entry into our journals.

“”Rain all week ❗ Did not see any deer, saw 2 bull moose and 1 cow. Warm all week also-50-60 degrees-this is the middle of November isn-t it ❓ Oh well, we-ll be back to try to find the big bucks again next year. Thanks Tammi and Steve””
Jim, Jim, Bruce, & Jeff 11/13-18/06

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM JACKMAN MAINE

This is the last week of Deer Season (firearm) and finally, the weather is as it should be. It was so warm and rainy last week, I was surprised at the number of deer tagged…3 of our guests got theirs πŸ˜›
(Do remind me to tell you all later of a story one of our hunter-s shared with us about Moose and their territory.)

Hunters Supper was last Thursday and as always, a great success.

Anyhow, back to the weather. The temperatures are in the low 20-s … could be in the teens tonight ❗
We even had a dusting of snow this week in town. I think there was much more in the mountains though. We went into St. Georges yesterday and at the border, there was more snow and by the time we hit St Georges, they had about an inch. They must be a little higher altitude than us.

Now for the main purpose of this entry ➑

WE, Tami, Steve and even Murphy, HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING THIS YEAR FILLED WITH FAMILY, LOVED ONES AND MANY GOOD BLESSINGS ❗ ❗

I know we are thankful for the cold weather πŸ˜› and look forward to a snowy December!

THINK 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

Jackman Snowmobile Trail

The [url=http://cozycovecabins.com/maine-outdoor-winter.php]Jackman Snowmobile[/url] club (et al) have been working on the trails…getting ready for a great winter season in Jackman Maine.

Steve went out went with a few others this weekend to build, I think 6 bridges out on the trails.

There are many streams in the area that the trails pass over and these bridges will help not only the sleds and ATV-s (some of these trails are part of the ATV system into Canada) but also maintian the natural flow of water throughout the winter.

If you want to help prepare the trails for the snowmobile season, please contact the Border Riders Club at
Michelle@borderridersclub.com
or you can visit their web site for more information. http://www.borderridersclub.com/home_f1.html

OCTOBER 2006 QUOTES from our guests

Tami and Steve ❗ You guys have a rocking good place here ❗ ΓƒΖ’Γ‚Β’ΓƒΒ’Γ’β‚¬Ε‘Γ‚Β¬Γƒβ€šΓ‚Β¦..Anyway just to put things into perspective, I came here with friends I haven-t seen in 3 years and it was one hell of a reunion. πŸ˜›
To good times and more times at Cozy Cove Cabins.””
Bala, Soorjith, Kiran, Rajesh, and Jimson form India 10/7 Cabin#4

“”After moving to Me 7 years ago, I am finally taking a few days to explore Northern part of the state. ….Arrived in Jackman just before dark. Tomorrow I am headed for Baxter State park and the loop around Katahdin and eventually the shore. Things I-ve learned….
1. The northern part of the state is beautiful
2. You don-t want to hit a moose or a logging truck!””
Gregg from Lyman 10/9 Cabin #9

“”Thank you for a wonderful anniversary. Our stay was one of a kind. Everything was great! We appreciated all of your great advice. The basket and fruit was absolutely a delight. The cabin was beautiful and perfect…just the right size. You both are wonderful hosts.””
Barb and Jeff and Peaches 10/5 cabin #6

“”…It-s great to be here ❗ Loved the improvements in cabin 6. It was very nice to arrive at 7 and have the lights left on for us. The cabin truly is cozy-after getting the heater fired up. I adore the wicker settee on the porch; a great place to snooze, read, watch the lake, snooze, and write, read, knit, snooze. Very pleasant.
The weather was gorgeous and we loved the loved the quiet solitude of your place. All in all a great experience. My grandpa (God rest his soul) would have loved it too and especially the screen porch color (it was like his own camp) Don-t change a thing and let us know if you sell”” (