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Journeys’ Marathon 2015

The 19th annual Journey’s Marathon took place this morning with the start line at White Birch Village. It’s a fun morning for us. WE enjoy all the activity and seeing the runners get ready and their families here to support them. Be sure to check out our Facebook page as I posted a couple videos from this morning.

7:15 AM the start line banner goes up.

7:15 AM the start line banner goes up.

Stretching and warming up for the race in the rec building.

Stretching and warming up for the race in the rec building.

Gathering for the start of  race at 7:50 AM.

Gathering for the start of race at 7:50 AM.

7:59 AM the race is about to start.

7:59 AM the race is about to start.

By 8:23 AM everyone is gone.

By 8:23 AM everyone is gone.

Journeys’ Marathon 2015 2015-05-09T11:36:14+00:00

A busy day at the Village

It’s been a busy day at the village. We started our day at 5:30 this morning getting ready for the 18th Journey’s Marathon. The starting line for this Boston Marathon Qualifier begins at the resort. There were 102 full marathon runners this year. It’s fun talking with everyone in the morning and seeing the excitement build as the race is about to start. They begin with reading the  Irish blessing  and singing America the Beautiful. It was a beautiful morning today with the sun shining and the temp around 46 degrees.

Warming up in the rec building.

Warming up in the rec building.

More stretching going on in the fitness center.

More stretching going on in the fitness center.

Getting ready to line up for the start of the race.

Getting ready to line up for the start of the race.

The wheelers are the first to start.

The wheelers are the first to start.

And they are off.

And they are off.

Beautiful day for a race.

Beautiful day for a race.

Later in the morning we found this huge log under the bridge at the beach. Should be interesting removing it. Our dock day crew has an added bonus waiting for them on Tuesday; getting the log unstuck from under the bridge.

In the late 1800's  there used to be a railroad bridge that went across the lake during the lumber years. There are still a few pilings on the bottom of the lake. Well there is one less as of today. One somehow made it's way under the bridge.

In the late 1800’s there used to be a railroad bridge that went across the lake during the lumber years. There are still a few pilings on the bottom of the lake. Well there is one less as of today. One somehow made it’s way under the bridge.

It's about 8 feet long. Should be interesting getting it out after a hundred years under water.

It’s about 8 feet long. Should be interesting getting it out after a hundred years under water.

 

To round out the day the Friesema’s who are staying with us this weekend decided after participating in the 5K of the Journeys Marathon they also needed to be the first to swim in the lake!

Randy, Kelly and Katie Friesema  our first guests of the season also decided to be the first guest to swim in the lake. Water temps are around 40 degrees since the ice just went out this week.

Randy, Kelly and Katie Friesema our first guests of the season also decided to be the first guest to swim in the lake. Water temps are around 40 degrees since the ice just went out this week.

Brave!

Brave!

Thankfully the sun was shining and not much breeze.

Thankfully the sun was shining and not much breeze.

A busy day at the Village 2014-05-10T17:48:30+00:00

Shore Lunch Gone Bad

John and I participated this year in the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce haunted house. We had fun creating a twist of a shore lunch. Instead of the fisherman frying up their catch of the day, it was the fish having their revenge and roasting humans. Thanks to our partners in crime; The Aqualand Ale House and Michele from First Merit Bank.  Enjoy the pictures. Unfortunately the camera battery died before we could get many “in the dark” pictures.

Roasting the corpse. We even had "charred corpse" scent spray that added to the atmosphere.

Roasting the corpse. We even had “charred corpse” scent spray that added to the atmosphere.

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John found his "catch"

John found his “catch”

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Want to try some pickled baby?

Want to try some pickled baby?

Pickled baby  Yum! Yum!

Pickled baby Yum! Yum!

The muskies are getting their revenge.

The muskies are getting their revenge.

The "corpse"

The “corpse”

Staging the next victim.

Staging the next victim.

John having fun roasting over the campfire.

John having fun roasting over the campfire.

The zombie fisherman who was stalking unsuspecting guests.

The zombie fisherman who was stalking unsuspecting guests.

Shore Lunch Gone Bad 2013-10-27T21:10:31+00:00

17th Annual Journey’s Marathon

On another blustery morning (yes, there were snowflakes in the air) the 17th annual Journey’s Marathon begins at White Birch Village. We are honored to host the starting line for the full marathon. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for some video clips.

6:50 AM and the place is deserted. Not for long though, by 7:30 there will be over 200 people around.

6:50 AM and the place is deserted. Not for long though, by 7:30 there will be over 200 people around.

We host the starting line in the RecBuilding. Nice weather empty........cold, blustery weather means a full room!

We host the starting line in the Rec Building. Nice weather empty……..cold, blustery weather means a full room!

Cars lined up alla the way around the corner.

Cars lined up all the way around the corner.

Getting in place for the start of the race.

Getting in place for the start of the race.

The Boulder Chamber helps with the starting line, so it's only apporpriate that their banner is proudly displayed.

The Boulder Chamber helps with the starting line, so it’s only appropriate that their banner is proudly displayed.

Getting some pre-opening advertising! We thought it was apporpriate to hang this sign on the site of the origanal Aqualand. Wishing Susia and Dick the best of luck when they open the end of the month!

Getting some pre-opening advertising! We thought it was appropriate to hang this sign on the site of the original Aqualand. Wishing Susie and Dick the best of luck when they open the end of the month!

17th Annual Journey’s Marathon 2013-05-11T11:49:11+00:00

16th annual Journey’s Marathon

The 16th annual Journey’s Marathon took place this past weekend. this race is a pre-qualifier for the Boston Marathon. White Birch village Resort has the honor of hosting the starting line for the full marathon. It was a beautiful morning on Saturday for the race. Much better than last year with the freezing rain.  The race starts at 8AM and it is a hub of activity from 7:15 – 8AM. By 8:15 AM you would never know anything had taken place. It’s a fun morning.

Final Stretching

 

Friends and family wishing the racers good luck.

 

Five minutes before race time.

 

The race announcer begins the race each year with the traditional Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

 

 

The wheel part of marathon gets a three minute head start.

 

And the race begins

 

Even a snapping turtle was trying to see what was going on.

 

 

16th annual Journey’s Marathon 2012-05-14T13:37:18+00:00

Journey’s Marathon 2011

The start of this years race was a wet one. Normally all the runner s do their stretching outside, but this year the rec building and the fitness center was packed with runners getting ready for the race. the numbers were down this year. Only 94 people ran the full marathon. Last year we had close to 120.

These two get a head start.

 

Not as many spectators this year due to the rain.

Journey’s Marathon 2011 2011-05-18T12:19:37+00:00

Boulder Junction Winter Fest 2011

This past weekend Boulder Junction held its 3rd annual Winter Fest.  The 55 degree temperatures last week caused a few minor changes in the activities, but fun was had by all who attended. In fact they doubled their attendance from last year. The snowshoe activities were hard to do since we lost so much snow on the lakes, in fact the lakes are sheer ice right now. They had 49 participants in the ice fishing contest, with the winning fish being a 25 inch Northern Pike. 36 fish were registered, so it was a successful day of fishing. Four big roasters full of complimentary chili were consumed along with hot chocolate and coffee. Other activities included: ice golf, a driving range, turkey bowling, and thanks to White Birch Village a frisbee golf course on ice.

Children bowled with a frozen chicken....

And adults bowled with a frozen turkey.

Kids had fun with snowshoeing, despite the lack of snow.

Boulder Junction Winter Fest 2011 2011-02-22T16:05:12+00:00

Fallison Lake Snowshoeing

John and I went to Fallison Lake nature trail today for snowshoeing. We had heard that it was a very pretty trail and it was. The trail is on County N across the street from Crystal Lake. It’s an interpretive trail so many signposts along the way with information about the area. When you’re up here in the summer it would be a great trail to hike.

The many hills made for a great workout.

 

One of the interprative signs.

The stand of red pines was very impressive.

 

Did you know Vilas county had so many lakes?

Fallison Lake Snowshoeing 2011-01-30T22:08:42+00:00

Eagle Rivers Ice Castle

Every winter Eagle River builds an ice castle. They cut the blocks from a lake in the area. They posted these pictures on the Vilas County Facebook  page. Thought you might enjoy seeing them.

Cutting the blocks

Getting the blocks ready to load on the truck

Stacking the buiilding material

Teamwork!

The finished product

Finsihed product lite up at night

Eagle Rivers Ice Castle 2011-01-16T16:41:01+00:00

Boulder Junction Christmas Walk

Tonight Boulder Junction had their annual Christmas Walk. All the shops are open with free cider, hot chocolate and cookies. There are sleigh rides, roasting marshmallows, Christmas Karaoke, pictures with Santa after he arrives with Mrs Claus on the fire truck, kids making ornaments and the lighting of the town tree. It was a beautiful night with the snow lightly falling and people walking along the streets. John was in charge of the details for the night and needed carolers to sing during the lighting of the Christmas tree, so he recruited the family to help him out. 16 of us donned elf hats and sang several songs. It was agreat start to the Christmas season.

The main street of Boulder Junction

Sierra was our director for the night.

Enjoying a sleigh ride after caroling. The caroling continued while on the sleigh.

Boulder Junction Christmas Walk 2010-11-26T22:50:41+00:00