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Amazing Baby Snapping Turtles

Every spring mama snapping turtle lays her eggs in our sand volleyball court. Rarely to we get the joy of seeing the life cycle continue. Between the raccoons who dig up the eggs and all the volleyball games on our court, it’s not often that the turtles survive to hatch. On Friday, Milos was our turtle savior! He was cutting grass near the court and saw all this movement. Upon closer inspection he found 31 baby snapping turtles! He rescued them and with the help of Nik and Dasa they helped the babies find their way to the water. Applause, applause to our international staff! Thanks Nik for the great photos.

Baby snappers hatch.

Catching a ride in the back of Milos golf cart.

Dasa enjoying holding one of the babies.

So cute

Hitching a ride.

They can sense the water is close by.

Water….here we come.

Made it to the water….stay safe little ones.

Amazing Baby Snapping Turtles2018-09-09T14:54:42+00:00

Celebrating our summer international staff

On Wednesday, we celebrated our summer international staff by taking a day trip.

We started our day having a lumberjack breakfast at Paul Bunyans.

After breakfast, off to the Porkies (Porcupine State Park in Michigan). It started off as a dreary, rainy day, so the viewing at Lake of the Clouds wasn’t as spectacular as it usually is.

But by the time we got to the Presque Isle River, waterfalls and Lake Superior it was beautiful.

We left our mark during our journey to Lake Superior. The great rocks on the shore we perfect for building cairns. Milos definitely was the bravest building his with lots of different shaped rocks. Took balance and patience.

Our day ended with a great dinner at Little Bohemia and having fun checking out all the bullet holes still visible from 1934 . The staff had watched the movie Public Enemy before we left, so they new the story of Dillinger and the shoot out that took place at Little Bohemia. We also shared the highlights and hard parts of the summer coming form different countries and working in the USA.  It was  a wonderful day!

 

Celebrating our summer international staff2018-09-03T20:11:27+00:00

Dock Day

Dock day marks the start of our season. Once the docks are in the resort looks ready for guests. Mother Nature must not have gotten the memo that today was dock day. The sun is shining and the temps are decent!!! This never happens as you will see in the photos below. The last sunny dock day was 2012.

Not a cloud in the sky

Laying the legs out in numerical order

Docks floating in the water

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2015 – the day started with snow

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2017

Dock Day2018-05-15T16:19:22+00:00

Spring comes quickly

It’s hard to believe that just 2 days ago ice covered the entire lake. I took a walk tonight around 8PM along the lake shore because the spring peepers are in full chorus. Low and behold I saw 2 loons on the lake. It doesn’t take them long to find open water. Half of White Birch Lake still has ice on it, but the loons are swimming around.  The picture isn’t the best because it was getting dark out.

Spring comes quickly2018-05-04T01:33:17+00:00

Busy as Beavers

It’s been a busy day around the resort! Multi-tasking at its best getting things ready for our guests to arrive. It takes a whole team to get the resort ready for opening. We are very thankful for all the wonderful staff we have. The busy summer season will be here before you know it and we look forward to seeing everyone again!

Our wonderful housekeepers are busy cleaning every nook and cranny of our vacation homes.

Docks went in today. I never tire of the excitement of the docks going in.

More trees coming down.

Approximately 42 trees are coming down in 2 days. Great Northern Tree Service does a great job.

New apparel is ready for the store. Buffalo Plaid is our signature item this year.

Busy as Beavers2017-10-31T16:52:28+00:00

Docks are in!

The spring ritual of putting the docks in took place in snow showers. It never fails, whatever day we schedule for docks the weather turns nasty. The guys braved the snow and cold temps to get the docks ready for this weekend.

There were snow showers on and off all day.

There were snow showers on and off all day.

Lodge dock going in.

Lodge dock going in.

John supervising from the boat :)

John supervising from the boat 🙂

This is usually where someone gets wet. The lodge dock sits in the deepest water.

This is usually where someone gets wet. The lodge dock sits in the deepest water.

Beach dock going in.

Beach dock going in.

One of the 78 sections of dock being lifted into the water.

One of the 78 sections of dock being lifted into the water.

The sun tried to peek out for a little bit.

The sun tried to peek out for a little bit.

The loons were keeping a watchful eye on what was happening.

The loons were keeping a watchful eye on what was happening.

Enjoying a bowl of hot chili after being in the cold water.

Enjoying a bowl of hot chili after being in the cold water.

We're ready for you to arrive :)

We’re ready for you to arrive 🙂

Docks are in!2015-05-13T18:35:55+00:00

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 20152015-05-09T11:36:14+00:00

A beautiful day for canoeing!

Last night after a full day of spring cleaning John and I went canoeing. What a beautiful night it was. The temperature was 75 degrees with wind to keep the bugs away. The water levels are high in the flowage/Bob’s Lake and the water plants haven’t started yet, so we could get around easily. We were entertained the entire time with all the wildlife. Enjoy all the photos.

Water, wonderful water!

Water, wonderful water!

We saw several mergansers.

We saw several mergansers.

Neat bunch of pine cones.

Neat bunch of pine cones.

The beaver dam at the back end of the flowage.

The beaver dam at the back end of the flowage.

There are a lot of new branches and logs in the dam. The beaver have been busy! That is White Birch Creek flowing. in the distance.

There are a lot of new branches and logs in the dam. The beaver have been busy! That is White Birch Creek flowing over the dam. The creek continues flowing into White Sand Lake.

The view of the flowage from the beaver dam.

The view of the flowage from the beaver dam.

Two swans was the special treat of the night. We happened to be out canoeing as they were migrating through.

Two swans was the special treat of the night. We happened to be out canoeing as they were migrating through.

It was fun watching the swans and goose.

It was fun watching the swans and goose.

It was fun listening to them trumpet.

It was fun listening to them trumpet.

An active beaver dam.

An active beaver dam.

The opening to Bob's Lake with mud hens swimming.

The opening to Bob’s Lake with mud hens swimming.

You can tell we were in a marsh with all the red-winged blackbirds flying around.

You can tell we were in a marsh with all the red-winged blackbirds flying around.

Looking at the shoreline where the our nature trail is.

Looking at the shoreline where the our nature trail is.

We were able to navigate along the shore line where our nature trail is. This is the view of the bog area that you can see from the nature trail.

We were able to navigate along the shore line where our nature trail is. This is the view of the bog area that you can see from the nature trail.

A muskrat lodge.

A muskrat lodge.

The view of the wedding site from the water.

The view of the wedding site from the water.

Mama goose laying on her nest.

Mama goose laying on her nest.

Great view of the Fish Hatchery. Look at all that water flowing!

Great view of the Fish Hatchery. Look at all that water flowing!

Ended with a great sunset from the deck of the Barn.

Ended with a great sunset from the deck of the Barn.

A beautiful day for canoeing!2015-05-03T20:56:08+00:00

Getting ready to turn water on!

The snow piles are just about gone. Yipee! But there was one left in the main parking lot that was getting in the way of turning water on. So John decided to help it along 🙂
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Last snowbank on the property. Can you guess where it is.

Last snowbank on the property. Can you guess where it is.

Getting ready to turn water on!2015-05-02T16:10:16+00:00

Spring is in the air.

After taking pictures of Charlie today, I took my first hike around the property. What a beautiful day; the sun is shining, the snow is melting and the birds are chirping. It’s time to start getting cleaned up for all our guests to arrive 🙂 We can’t wait to see all of you.

I enjoyed my stroll on the nature trail!

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View from bird watch station #4

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View from bird watch station #4

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View from bird watch station #3

View from bird watch station #3.

View from bird watch station #3.

There are still a lot of snow banks around the property that need to melt.

There are still a lot of snow banks around the property that need to melt.

It would be a noisy nights sleep in the Fish Hatchery right now with all the rushing water.

It would be a noisy nights sleep in the Fish Hatchery right now with all the rushing water.

View from the pergola.

View from the pergola.

White Birch Creek is flowing well this spring.

White Birch Creek is flowing well this spring.

View of the flowage from Hwy K.

View of the flowage from Hwy K.

The ice is melting fast!

The ice is melting fast!

Spring is in the air.2015-04-11T16:39:58+00:00