2015 Northwoods Journal
As the sun set last night there was still a sheet of ice visible across the lake but this morning there is no ice to be seen so let's call it! The ice is out on Bear Island Lake!
The northern lights were out again last night and I managed to stay up and watch them for a bit. At around 10:30 there was quite a bit of thashing along the edge of the lake and from the tracks we found this morning our resident moose was out and about! Yesterday, JR spotted moose tracks near the activity center.
Seems that I have been very "occupied" playing nurse to Minnie these last few weeks. It's a bit of a job assisting a 180lb dog through a post surgery recovery and what amounts to physical theraphy with medications, ice packs, walking, etc.
We have had a very nice stretch of 45 to 50 degree weather. Our forecast looks like winter is going to try to make an appearance again in a few days.
Hello spring! Isn't the change of seasons wonderful? Summer to fall is my favorite and the winter to spring transition is invigorating. The warmer weather and the fresh smell of spring rain--we love it! Anyone care to make a Ice Out Prediction when we'll see the ice come off of Bear Island Lake?
We learned last week that our sweet Minnie has a torn ACL that will require surgery. Surgery is scheduled for Thursday. I wish that the 2-legged surgeons would have been so eager to repair to repair my knee!
February has been a very busy month here and in Ely with the annual Art Walk, Winter Festival and Wolf Track Classic Sled Dog Race. The snow sculptures are impressive. We certainly enjoyed everyone who took the events and winter activities. There were alot of hearty folks who bundled up and took it all in--dog sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and a warm sauna at the end of the day. It's been a cold month/winter, another nice snowfall coming down today for a fresh new winter look.
In January, just before the winter rush, I decided to "update" the upstairs bathroom in Cabin #11--nothing like pending arrivals to keep a project on schedule. With JR's help the remodeling project was completed right on time.
I was going for a fresh cottage look/feel in this vacation home rental with the new paint color, a shutter style vanity, new bath hardware and wall light fixture.
Busy, busy long holiday weekend ahead! There's fresh snow on the ground, it's the second weekend of the Winter Festival and the snow sculptures have held up nicely in the park AND it's Valentine's weekend.
For those of you not too thrilled with the winter season I stumbled upon a fun and interesting blog a while back. If you'd rather daydream about open water and warmer weather check out this piece that explains just what a fish sees when you drop your line and favorite bait in the water.
Much of my "spare" time at the end of 2014 was spent implementing a new online reservation program. We went live in mid-January and so you can now check availability online AND make a reservation via our web site, TripAdvisor, ResortsandLodges.com, Booking.com and even Facebook.
The Ely Winter Festival is officially in full swing. The snow sculpturers took shape over the weekend. We were busy here at the resort so I hope to be able to get into Ely early this week myself to see them. The photos popping up on Facebook show some impressive sculptures!
I've posted about the MN DNR's new trailer licensing requirement and while the rule still exists, the DNR recently announced that they are delaying the implementation. I would still encourage everyone to take the time to go through the process. Here is a link to the MN DNR trailer requirements.
Northern Lights Lodge and Resort is ranked #4 on the ResortsandLodges.com TOP 10 Minnesota Cabin Getaway List! Can you all pick 'em or what!
Question of the the Day: What does it mean when you go outside in the morning and think to yourself "oh! it's not too cold today" and then you look at the thermometer and it's -27!
Best answer I can come up with is that it's probably a good thing that you've gotten used to it!
It snowed, it's snowing! We finally got enough snow for JR to have to plow the driveway. It's nice to see and it sure is beautiful outside.
Yesterday afternoon Gary and I were commiserating that 2015 was off to a spectacular start when one of the cabin furnaces broke/quit early New Year’s night while occupied (of course) and with temperatures of -15 (my superstar husband drove to the Twin Cities for the part and had it up and running again by 2pm!). The Quick family from Iowa was FANTASTIC and we kept them warm and cozy with extra firewood and an electric “fireplace”.
Today, that all seems so very trivial as we learn that our Osceola Wisconsin “neighbor”, friend and guest, Brent Clausen, passed away after being diagnosed with cancer in November. I am grateful that we were able to spend time with Brent and Monica last September. Rest in peace Brent aka Superman.
That's a wrap as we push 2014 out the door. It was certainly a "different" and eventful year but we were blessed to share it with all of you. See you next year!