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Charlie Takes the Plunge

The weather warmed up enough for Charlie to take the plunge. Charlie fell through the ice last night around 7PM. Too dark to take pictures, so we waited until this morning to capture the event. With the snow falling today and the freezing temperatures in store for the next week he took the plunge just in time before he’d stay stuck in the ice.

Congratulations to Chris and Tami Koening for winning this year’s Ice Out Contest. They chose March 30th at 2PM, which barely beat our runner-up, Guy Morter, who chose March 30th at noon.

Ice still surrounds Charlie, but he did take the plunge.

He’s being pulled under the ice for his trip to the shore.

Up he comes with a face full of ice.

With John’s help Charlie is pulled to shore. He’s grounded and John will have to get his waders on to help Charlie to shore.

As you can see he took the plunge just in time. The snow is falling.

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2016 Ice Out Contest

We’d love to have you be a part of our Ice Out Contest. Send us an email at [email protected]whitebirchvillage.com with the DATE and TIME that you think Charlie will fall through the ice. All guesses are due by March 10th. The person whose time is the closest will be the winner and get their name on our Ice Out Contest plaque. If Charlie falls through the ice during the night the date will be credited to the next day. Sue and John will be at sport shows March 1-13, but Scott will be keeping an eye on him for us.

Charlie had some fun going out on the ice this year. He decided that being an ice fisherman was the way to go. Do you think he’ll catch anything?

We’ll begin posting updates when there are changes to the ice. Have fun everyone! Get your guesses into us soon.

Charlie is ready for your guess.

Todd making sure Charlie has all the ice fishing gear he needs to be successful.

Charlie has all the gear he needs to catch some fish.

Chris shaking hands with Charlie. Chris was our winner last year.

Good friends Chris and Rox & Todd and Wendy helped put Charlie out on the ice this year.





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Charlie took the plunge!

Congratulations to Chris Weisenbeck, one of our winter guests, for winning the ice out contest! Charlie has taken the plunge. The spring temperatures today helped Charlie to go swimming.

Charlie breaks through the ice.

Charlie breaks through the ice.

After chasing Charlie around the lake in the past, John and Sue got smart this year and tied a rope to him. Made it easy to retrieve him :)

After chasing Charlie around the lake in the past, John and Sue got smart this year and tied a rope to him. Made it easy to retrieve him 🙂

Charlie sunning himself so he can drip dry.

Charlie sunning himself so he can drip dry.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you.

Even with the 5 inches of snow that fell last night, Charlie has begun his lean. The ice has begun to recede from the shoreline. Some warm temps and Charlie may be wet soon.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you.

Snowy hillside.

Snowy hillside.

The snow is pretty on the trees.

The snow is pretty on the trees.

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The ice is beginning to melt.

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Charlie is ready for your vote!

It’s ice out contest time.

We’d love to have you be a part of the contest. Send us an email at [email protected] with the DATE and TIME that you think Charlie will fall through the ice. All guesses are due by March 15th. The person whose time is the closest will be the winner. If Charlie falls through the ice during the night the date will be credited to the next day. Sue and John will be at sport shows March 3-15, but Scott will be keeping an eye on him for us.

Charlie’s journey out to the ice.

Charlie coming out of hibernation.

Charlie coming out of hibernation.

Getting stuffed.

Getting stuffed.

Relaxing in front of the TV before heading outside.

Relaxing in front of the TV before heading outside.

Rachel giving Charlie a final hug before heading out into the cold.

Rachel giving Charlie a final hug before heading out into the cold.

Sam and Kyle  choosing Charlie's spot to sit  on the ice.

Sam and Kyle choosing Charlie’s spot to sit on the ice.

How many people does it take to get Charlie ready?

How many people does it take to get Charlie ready?

With the frigid temps today (11 below with wind chill of 30 below) the kids decided Charlie needed to be dressed warmer. So on go the boots, mittens and hat.

With the frigid temps today (11 below with wind chill of 30 below) the kids decided Charlie needed to be dressed warmer. So on go the boots, mittens and hat.

Thanks Rachel, Kyle and Sam (they were staying with us this weekend) for helping get Charlie ready.

Thanks Rachel, Kyle and Sam (they were staying with us this weekend) for helping get Charlie ready.

Be sure to send in your guess fro when Charlie will take the plunge!

Be sure to send in your guess for when Charlie will take the plunge!

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And the winner is………

Charlie finally took the plunge one day sooner than he did last year. May 5th is the official day for the 2014 Ice Out Contest.

 

We had three people who chose today as the day;

Peggy Pride – 9:06 AM who voted on Facebook. Thanks Peggy for your interest in our resort.

Susie Morter – 1PM – Susie has been vacationing here since 1988

Alyssa Heeringa – 3:28 PM  – Alyssa’s mom won it last year and has been vacationing here since  2009

Drum roll please…..The winner is Peggy Pride as Charlie took the plunge early this morning.

Honorable mention goes to Susie and Alyssa.

Thank you to everyone who guessed this year. It’s always fun to see the dates people choose. In the five years we have been doing this we have had two ice outs in March, one in April and two in May.

As you can tell in the picture there is still a lot of ice to melt on the lake, but with the temps in the 60’s the next couple of days it will be gone soon!

 

Charlie floated to shore and made it easy to retrieve him. John pulled him out of the water before I could get a photo. He'll sit here until tomorrow to do some drying out.

Charlie floated to shore and made it easy to retrieve him. John pulled him out of the water before I could get a photo. He’ll sit here until tomorrow to do some drying out.

The geese are enjoying open water wherever they can find it.

The geese are enjoying open water wherever they can find it.

And the winner is……… 2014-05-05T19:42:26+00:00

Forces of Nature

Last Monday brought high winds to the Northwoods. We had 6 trees come down along the creek. Spring clean-up begins with cutting up trees. The warmer temps are arriving, but not soon enough for the spring fish opener. No boats out on the lakes. But as you will see the ice is starting to melt. Charlie will most likely take his plunge today or tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted.

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Charlie update

Winter continues to hold on in the Northwoods. We had a few days of temps in the 60’s. It melted a lot of snow, but the lake remains frozen as we still have temps in the 20’s at night. This next week the temps are holding in the 40’s so the ice melt will be slowed down. Spring cleaning began this week. The melting snow makes it easier to access the vacation homes.

 

Poor Charlie has fallen over and will remain in that position until he takes the plunge.

Poor Charlie has fallen over and will remain in that position until he takes the plunge.

The warmer temps opened up the entrance to the creek.

The warmer temps opened up the entrance to the creek.

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Spring Snow Storm

Mother nature was at her finest in the Northwoods. 16 inches of snow came down yesterday and today. A lovely wet heavy snow has blanketed the resort. The entire area has broken many records this year; many of the records were set in either the 1920’s or 30’s. We are easily pushing 130 inches of snow this winter in our immediate area. For those of you who are already enjoying spring, think warm thoughts as you look at the pictures.

Even the shovels got buried.

Even the shovels got buried.

Area around the resort ranged from 12" to 19" where drifts were.

Area around the resort ranged from 12″ to 19″ where drifts were.

We always get great drifts between the lodge and Red Oaks from the wind off the lake.

We always get great drifts between the lodge and Red Oaks from the wind off the lake.

Winter Wonderland once again.

Winter Wonderland once again.

All of the snow piles John worked so diligently to remove with the bobcat last week have returned.

All of the snow piles John worked so diligently to remove with the bobcat last week have returned.

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The snow from the driveway in front of Loon and Mallard created this 10 foot + mound of snow.

The snow from the driveway in front of Loon and Mallard created this 10 foot + mound of snow.

Fences are buried!

Fences are buried!

Poor Charlie is buried once again.

Poor Charlie is buried once again.

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Charlie says….enough snow already!

As the snow is falling in the Northwoods, I thought I would share how Charlie looked at the end of the day on Sunday.  He was sitting in a pool of water with hopes of the ice going out. Then the weather turned cold again with lows around zero. He is now buried again in snow.

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Charlie says….enough snow already! 2014-04-16T18:38:50+00:00