March 12, 2012

Looks like Winter is over! It appears we are going to have an early Spring like we did 2 years ago when the smaller lakes went out the last few days of March. If this does happen, it will be the 2nd time in the past 100 years. People can disagree on what is causing gobal warming, but they cannot disagree that the climate is indeed warming.

As of today, most of the lakes will be snow free with standing water for a couple of days. Once the water drains off, travel will be good again. We are hoping for a cool down, even to average temps, so we can continue to haul supplies across the lake to the Triangle and Lark lake cabins. We are looking at another day of 60’s tomorrow, the average high temp for today is 32 degrees. Do I move North or West to higher altitudes?

Other than the warm weather, there have been other signs of Spring. The damn crows are back, hollering at me every morning because I have covered the compost pile. We have seen many eagles and some sitting next to their nests. I would think they will be on eggs in the next week or so. Every road kill seems to have an eagle or two sitting on it. The maple sap is running and I have already seen a number of buckets attached to trees in the area. Another sign of Spring, two young women running in shorts and halter tops………….skin as white as the snow.

Our last customers left Lark yeasterday amid 60 degree temps and slush. The  four young men, from St. Thomas U. in St. Paul, had a great time fishing and just hanging out enjoying the 60 degree sunshine and , of course, a few beers. Very nice and responsible young men!

Our last Winter customers at Triangle are scheduled to leave this coming Friday. A father and son, who have done this for the past 5 years, are fishing crappies on the Kawishiwi River, snowshoeing and enjoying some great beers and wine. I’m not sure how I will go about getting them out. I think the snow will be all gone and the lake edges a little soft………..may have to use an ATV.  It will, no doubt, be an adventure !

We still have customers coming to Sundew, our “drive up ” cabin. We do have some openings in April and if you just want to get a way and relax send Steve an email  sjlampman@frontiernet.net  for a great off season rate.

Thanks to all our Winter guests for one of our best Winters ever!  We had a great Winter despite the lack of snow and cold. Many businesses, who cater to snowmobiles and nordic skiing, receipts were down 30% to 50%. Our guests bring skis and snowshoes but it isn’t their sole purpose for choosing Log Cabin Hideaways. Most come just to relax, disconnect from electronics and  reconnect with family and friends.

Hauling propane for this coming summer

Hauling propane for this coming summer

Burning brush to reduce fuel load around the cabins. After last years Pagami Lake fire we decided we had better do something to lessen the chance of a major fire getting to the cabins.

Burning brush to reduce fuel load around the cabins. After last years Pagami Lake fire we decided we had better do something to lessen the chance of a major fire getting to the cabins.