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Charlie goes on an adventure

Charlie decided that his adventure wasn’t over yet. After falling through the ice, and before we could get a boat in the water to retrieve him, he decided to go floating around the lake. It proves that the life jackets work! Charlie, chair and all, enjoyed a romp floating around the lake before John retrieved him this morning. He ended up over in the north bay.

This is the shoreline Charlie ended up on

This is the shoreline Charlie ended up on

John retrieving Charlie

John retrieving Charlie

Charlie's ride in the canoe

Charlie’s ride in the canoe

Thasnk for the ride, John

Thanks for the ride, John

Drying out before he goes into seclusion for the summer

Drying out before he goes into seclusion for the summer

Charlie goes on an adventure 2013-05-09T10:56:27+00:00

Charlie finally sinks!

Sometime in the wee morning hours Charlie took the final plunge into the cold waters of White Birch Lake. As you will see he is still somewhat being held up by ice, but we are officially calling May 6th as the day he took the plunge. Congratulations to Lynn Heeringa who had the foresight to choose May 7th. Lynn was out only May guess. Way to go Lynn! Lynn’s brother, Randy won the second year of the contest. They are keeping it in the family. 🙂

Cahrlie is still be supported by some underwater ice.

Charlie is still be supported by some underwater ice.

Charlie is flanked by ice fishing trails.

Charlie is flanked by remnants of this winters ice fishing trails.

Charlie finally sinks! 2013-05-06T10:03:21+00:00

Charlie Update

Poor Charlie! He really is ready to come in from the cold. He’s finally saying…..enough winter already! Even though we lucked out today and didn’t get the foot of snow they did west of us; we still got the freezing temperatures (which locked the lake up again), a dusting of snow and freezing rain. Poor Charlie has been frozen in the horizontal position for several days now. We are out-of-town this weekend, but have someone watching Charlie for us. I never thought I would have to find a “Charlie watcher” for the first weekend in May!

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Charlie Update 2013-05-02T15:57:44+00:00

Charlie Update

With the last two days reaching 70 degrees Charlie is really starting to lean! The final three days that have guesses for Charlie’s demise are: April 29, 30 and May 7. Who will be the winner? Stay tuned as it will most likely be this week!

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The shore line opened up today. Yesterday there were several people still ice fishing on the lake. John talked with them and they said there was still two feet of ice on the lake. They were fishing on the weed bed between the island and the point. John said he broke through the ice not too far from Charlie.

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Charlie Update 2013-04-28T18:55:57+00:00

Let it Melt, Let it Melt, Let it Melt

Yeah! We finally made it to the 50 degree mark on the thermometer. This is the first time since last fall. We broke a record for the latest 50 degree spring temps from the 1930’s! And the date in the 1930’s was early April. It’s a wonderful sound listening to all the melting snow. It will certainly help with spring cleaning which starts on Monday! Hopefully the 60 degree temps this weekend will help melt some of the snowbanks, but I think they are here to stay for a while.

Yipee!

Yipee!

The chipmunks are enjoying the spring weather. Time for me to get the peanuts as this little guy was already begging.

The chipmunks are enjoying the spring weather. Time for me to get the peanuts as this little guy was already begging.

Charlie is getting in the act for spring also....he's beginning to lean!

Charlie is getting in the act for spring also….he’s beginning to lean!

Let it Melt, Let it Melt, Let it Melt 2013-04-26T16:54:07+00:00

Snow, Rain, Ice equals Mess

This past week has been a huge mix of rain, snow and ice, and what a mess it makes. John I took a stroll around the property on Monday to make sure no trees went through a roof. As you will see it is going to be awhile before Charlie falls through the ice. We start spring cleaning in a week…..should be interesting. Here’s what we found………

Yes, that is still how high our snowbanks are!

Yes, that is still how high our snowbanks are!

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

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Musky's deck took a hit. I heard it crash during the night.

Musky’s deck took a hit. I heard it crash during the night.

Ice laden pine.

Ice laden pine.

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This is the snow depth at the beach.

This is the snow depth at the beach.

Snow, Rain, Ice equals Mess 2013-04-19T10:12:55+00:00

Believe it or not!

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Believe it or not Charlie is sitting in a blizzard this afternoon. If you look hard enough you can see the shore line behind Charlie. Winter is hanging on with a vengeance this year. Not sure when Charlie will fall through the ice.  Stay tuned………

P.S. We are still ice fishing!

Believe it or not! 2013-04-14T19:28:23+00:00

Charlie Update

The snow is melting……..but it’s still going to be awhile before Charlie takes the plunge.

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In fact, John and good friend Denny went out ice fishing today.

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Charlie Update 2013-03-29T15:37:35+00:00

The Polls Are Closed

We would like to thank everyone who voted in our Ice Out Contest. A record number of you voted this year. We doubled our votes from last year; a 100 votes were cast. Who is going to be the lucky winner? With winter hanging on strong this year the March votes look doubtful. It is snowing and is 14 degrees as I write this. Below is how Charlie looked yesterday, March 20th. Stay tuned for any change in Charlie’s situation.

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The Polls Are Closed 2013-03-21T09:28:20+00:00

Seeing double?

It’s time for a Charlie update…… be sure to cast your vote for when Charlie will fall through the ice. I’ve extending the vote date to March 20th. Send me an email at [email protected] with your date and time Charlie will fall through the ice.

8 inches of snow fell on Monday and Charlie is full of snow. You may also notice the tracks in the snow behind Charlie. We’ve had a bobcat on the property and I think Charlie piqued his interest. 🙂

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Yes, you are seeing double. We thought Charlie was feeling lonely, so we let his sport show double sit on the ice with him for the day today.

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Seeing double? 2013-03-14T17:19:52+00:00