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Windstorm!

This past week Mother Nature has done quite a clean up job! The winds began on Tuesday and it didn’t take long for the power to go out. By 9:30 AM it was gone. The winds continued to blow well into Wednesday night and it took a toll on the trees. John stopped counting at when he hit 75 trees down. The hardest hit area was near Timberwolfe. At first we were told our power wouldn’t be back on until Saturday as over 10,000 people were without power in the Northwoods! Thanks to the generator we didn’t lose any food, had water and heat, and one outlet and extension cord that we used. We also have a gas stove so we could still cook dinner by candlelight!  The nights were very peaceful, got a lot of reading done and realized how well you can do without TV, computers and other electrical appliances. Thankfully, the power came back on Thursday night (earlier than anticipated) especially since we had people renting one of the suites for the weekend! The guys had the grounds just about picked up for the fall and now you would never know it. There are truck loads of debris to pick up. Here are some pictures from all the trees that came down.

So much for the new deck by the musky bell!

Uprooted at the ponds.

At least it fell towards the ponds instead of the Rec Building!

Tree down next to Oriole.

Common sight everywhere!

Shows the power of the wind!

Hardest hit area was up near our burn pile.

Big pine tree came down near Timberwolfe. Thankfully very little damage was done to the building.

Yes, that is snow in the picture!

One less tree at Timberwolfe's deck.

The chain saws have been busy!

Tree's crossing roads are everywhere up here right now. This picture is our road near the burn pile. As you drive down County K there are trees on the side of the road every few yards.

It's good the polish staff have already gone home, hard to get to their housing right now.

Windstorm! 2010-10-30T12:08:59+00:00

Caption Contest

Each year we hang a fun photo on the bulletin board and let people give a caption for it. We thought we would share this years photo and all the great captions guests gave.

It's never too late to add a caption. Do it via "leave a comment"

I knew I was in trouble when mom named me Jonah.-Phyllis Wlos

“Is he gone?” -Brenden Malmgren

“humph, first I misplace my glasses, now I can’t find my son.” -Mary Allen

“Don’t worry, it’s over. Bzzzzzzt. -Mitchell Zook

Mom, Mom—Where did you go? -Steve Quickert

Hey Mom! This Halloween costume is too big! -Gene Wengert

Can you hear me now? – Sandy Carlson

Mom, are we there yet? – Betsy Ogan

No one will find me in here.—Meghan Berther

“You scratch my back, I scratch yours.” – Kyle Freeman

“Marco!” “Polo!” – Lisa Kopp

Fish Infant Carrier—Mary Valsa

“Peek-a-boo Meet my new body-guard” – Tom Franklin

Caption Contest 2010-10-16T17:15:10+00:00

Geocache is put away for the season

John and I took advantage of the beautiful fall day today (before the chance of snow later this week hits) to collect the geocache boxes. The pink cache gave us a big challenge since it had been moved 45 feet from where I placed it this spring. nut our treasure hunting skills paid off and we finally found it. It was fun to read the comments in the log book in the purple cache box. Here’s some of them for you to read:

“What a memorable day!”  Steve, Molly, Susie and Charlie Currey 6/28/10

“Crazy bug adventure!”  Matt Wiedholz and Danielle O’Connell 7/5/10

“This was awesome but challenging.”  Will and Spencer 7/20/10

“It was very hard.” Alex Moore 7/28/10

“It was awesome” Bridget and Maddy 8/15/10

“Team work brought success.” Walley, Kay, Ron and Laurie 8/22/10

“This trail was fun. I love it.” Corinne Giersch 9/4/10

Picking up the orange cache.

Following the compass.

Geocache is put away for the season 2010-10-16T16:31:46+00:00

Docks Come Out

The weather cooperated this year for taking the docks out. The sun was shining, the wind was relatively calm and the temperature was in the low 50’s. All of this made the day go smoothly and quickly. The only glitch came when Mike Errington tripped on a submerged log and took a dive in the cold water. I wasn’t quick enough with the camera, but we all heard him. He was a trooper and finished helping take docks out. With 9 guys to help it only took them 2 1/2 hours to take the 84 sections of dock out and the boat lift. It helped that John and Dave took all the bolts out the day before.

Taking out the Woodside/Hillcrest dock.

It's good wood floats!

The main dock is the last to come out.

Using a section of dock as a ramp to carry out the sections.

The piles are stacking up.

To get the boat station out they submerge a boat and run the pump to drain the water out of the boat and it lifts the station so they can float it over to the beach for storage.

Enjoying a chili lunch after being in the cold water.

Docks Come Out 2010-10-13T10:22:47+00:00

Fall leaf pick up begins

Ohhh the sound of leaf blowers! They began this morning in earnest. With 45 acres to clean the blowers will be going 8 hours a day for the next 3 weeks.So much for the quiet beauty of the Northwoods. The “Billy Goat” (which is a leaf vacuum and mulcher) saves a lot of time, but it decided to go on strike yesterday by catching on fire. The guys are not too happy. The new parts can’t get here fast enough.

Hopefully the winds stays calm and doesn't undo all the work before they are picked up.

Will they be this happy in 3 weeks?

The vacation homes are all closed up for another season. Looking forward to another great year in 2011.

Fall leaf pick up begins 2010-10-12T11:37:44+00:00

Great Musky Catch!

On October 6 & 7 one of our guests hired a fishing guide to fish both White Birch and Ballard lakes. Even with a beautiful fall day the fish stole the scene!

49 1/2 inch musky

44 inch musky

Great Musky Catch! 2010-10-10T11:46:27+00:00

Great Picture!

I just stumbled across this picture on the WBV Facebook page. My niece Hanna took the photo and posted it. It is an amazing photo of mergansers and wanted to share it with all of you. She took the photo here on White Birch Lake.

Time for take off!

Great Picture! 2010-10-07T13:44:25+00:00

More fall colors

The colors have peaked and the leaves are beginning to fall. By next week once we close, the leaf blowers will be going 8 hours a day, 5 days a week! 45 acres produces a lot of leaves!

This maple tree always has the prettiest color in the fall!

I've been meaning to share this photo with you. It's easier to get to the fish cleaning house now. This staircase comes off the creek boardwalk right across from the fish cleaning house.

More fall colors 2010-10-05T18:47:12+00:00

Photos from Jim Zajac

The photos I promised over a week ago are finally getting posted. They arrived via email the day I left town. Sorry for the delay. Thanks to Jim Zajac for sending these pictures to me. Enjoy! I don’t know the size of the musky’s they caught. They were fishing with live suckers.

The beginning of fall colors. They have since peaked and are beginning to fall.

Jim was able to capture the double rainbow.

Fishing at sunset.

This was the sunset the same night as the rainbow.

Jeff's musky.

Jim's musky.

Photos from Jim Zajac 2010-10-05T18:41:11+00:00