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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.

Peek-a-boo, I see you.2015-04-06T13:08:43+00:00

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!

Charlie is ready for your vote!2015-02-22T12:31:41+00:00

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

Charlie’s tilt begins

The warmer temps are working their magic. Charlie is beginning to tilt and the ice is leaving the shoreline, even if just  a little.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Charlie’s tilt begins2014-04-10T15:21:23+00:00

Our winter wonderland

The snow keeps falling in the Northwoods. John is guessing we have had around 120 inches of snow this year and 6 more fell last night. All you can say is it’s beautiful outside. With the high amounts of snow the water tables should be looking good this year. But it also brings it’s challenges. John has been busy digging pathways so we can get into the homes to spring clean. He’s even debating renting a bobcat to start hauling snow.

Enjoy the pictures 🙂

Is it wide enough to open the door to Musky?

Is it wide enough to open the door to Musky?

Pathway to Wren

Pathway to Wren

The winding road to Hillcrest

The winding road to Hillcrest

Poor Charlie, he's buried in snow.

Poor Charlie, he’s buried in snow.

Hillside up to Bluebill

Hillside up to Bluebill

Path to the front entrance.

Path to the front entrance.

John is running out of places to put the snow.

John is running out of places to put the snow.

Snow piles are higher than the fences.

Snow piles are higher than the fences.

Mr pileated woodpecker has done quite the job on this pine tree at the end of the shuffleboard court. It will have to come down this spring. :(

Mr pileated woodpecker has done quite the job on this pine tree at the end of the shuffleboard court. It will have to come down this spring. 🙁

Heavy snow.

Heavy snow.

Sun peaking out from behind the trees.

Sun peaking out from behind the trees.

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Charlie’s Sad

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Charlie is a little sad. He hasn’t gotten many guesses this year for when he’ll take the plunge. It’s not too late send us an email at [email protected] by March 17th with your date and time.

Charlie’s Sad2014-03-13T13:14:30+00:00
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