Charlie is on the ice!
It’s time for the 2020 Ice Out Contest.
Will you be this year’s winner?
This is Charlies 11th year of sitting out on the lake. We’d love to have you be a part of our Ice Out Contest. Charlie almost had to take a year off this year. With all the snow we had in November the ice has been more like Swiss cheese than solid ice. But thanks to the bitter cold last week we were able to snow shoe out and set Charlie in place.
There are 2 ways you can send us your guess:
Send an email to [email protected]
Post it on our Facebook Ice Out post
Please do not forget to give both DATE and TIME that you think Charlie will fall through the ice. Only guesses with date and time will be accepted.
In the 10 previous years ice has gone out 3 times in March, 4 times in April and 3 times in May. The earliest he has gone out is March 19th and the latest is May 6th.
All guesses are due by March 10th. No guess after March 10th will be recorded as we will be on vacation. The person whose date and 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 the Madison sport show February 28 – March 1, the Milwaukee Sport Shows March 4-8 and on vacation from March 11-29. Scott and Kelly are hanging out at the resort and will be keeping an eye on him for us.
We’ll begin posting updates as soon as we are back at the resort on March 30th. Have fun everyone! Get your guesses into us soon.
There is plenty of ice and SNOW still on the lake.
The ice has left the lake and soon our docks will go in the water. Next Wednesday, May 15th is the magical day for the 65 dock sections to make their way.
Everyone loves they sound of the loon and watching the eagle soar over the lake. We are doing all can to help protect these beautiful creatures. Last week John and a friend put up Loon Sanctuary signs on the island. Hopefully this will help our Loons have a successful hatch this year.
John with the loon sanctuary sign.
Thanks to Loon Watch we will also be posting the “loon alert” and “lead alert” signs around the property.
If we all work together we can help protect our local wildlife!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.