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The trees started coming down at 7AM today. Fifteen trees were cut down today before they came tumbling down on their own. Northern Tree Service out of Woodruff does a great job.
The docks are in and ready for your arrival. The water is the deepest it’s been since John and I started managing the resort in 2006. Dock day always manages to be damp, cool and gloomy. One of these years they will hopefully have a beautiful sunny and warm day to put the docks in. They managed to get the log out from under the bridge, it took all of them to move it. Two other logs washed up on shore yesterday, the ice must have been thick this year to move such large logs.We are very fortunate to have a great group of guys help us put our docks in each year.
It’s been a busy day at the village. We started our day at 5:30 this morning getting ready for the 18th Journey’s Marathon. The starting line for this Boston Marathon Qualifier begins at the resort. There were 102 full marathon runners this year. It’s fun talking with everyone in the morning and seeing the excitement build as the race is about to start. They begin with reading the Irish blessing and singing America the Beautiful. It was a beautiful morning today with the sun shining and the temp around 46 degrees.
Later in the morning we found this huge log under the bridge at the beach. Should be interesting removing it. Our dock day crew has an added bonus waiting for them on Tuesday; getting the log unstuck from under the bridge.
To round out the day the Friesema’s who are staying with us this weekend decided after participating in the 5K of the Journeys Marathon they also needed to be the first to swim in the lake!
With the high winds today and the warmer temps the ice has been moving at a pretty good clip across the lake. Charlie made it to shore just in time, he would have been crushed. Standing on the shore taking the following pictures it sounded like an amplified twisting of a plastic ice cube tray. It was really creaking and moaning. There shouldn’t be any ice left by morning.
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!
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.
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.
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.