Update- March 28th

Well, it is still Winter here at the Lake!  The snow is slowly receding, but we do have about 5 new inches this past week, including 2 fluffy inches overnight.  13 degrees right now.

At least one of our full time residents who escapes South for a few months has returned.  He missed January, February and most of March.  I cannot remember another stretch of consistently cold weather.  Usually we have had a thay, and a few days where I could pull out a lawn chair, stick it on a snow bank, and enjoy the warmth of the sun.  Not yet……

Paula is continuing her indoor painting project.  I spend a lot of time outside with the dogs, trying to keep them off the lake.

Trout season opens Wednesday.  Good luck with that!

Weekend update – March 14th

It is still very much Winter here at the lake.  The snow is melting, but slowly.  The banks along the roads have receded somewhat, but are still around 2 feet high.  I have retired the heavy coat, but still wear the winter boots.  The next four or so weeks as we try to get to Spring are the toughest and longest for me, as it is hard to do things outdoors during this shoulder season.

I told Paula I wish we owned Sugar Maples, as the best outside activity in the short term appears to be gathering sap for syrup.

It is still possible to snowmobile, but harder to ride over to the trails.  The roads are no longer snow covered, so I need to trailer the sleds over to Inman.  Way too much effort.

The snow is crusty enough that you really don’t need snowshoes– except for about every fourth step, when you fall through to your thigh.  The snow in the  woods is still about two feet deep.

Ice on the lake is still solid and will be so for weeks.  Ice shanties for fishing have to be removed from all lakes by this Sunday.

I will spend sometime in the workshop today, prepping and hoping  for fishing season, while Paula starts painting  bedroom ceilings.

Highway Snowbanks

We drove over to Mountain View today, to get ethanol-free gas and to have lunch, both at Belly’s.  It was hopping.  About forty sleds in the parking lot.

When we hit the Town of Duane, their highway department had cut back all of the snowbanks along the roads, making room for more snow, and improving visibilty.  In contrast, the snow banks along the roads in the Town of Franklin had not been touched.  The roads were narrow, with towering snowbanks along side.

I probably would not have noticed, but the visible difference on Route 26 was very apparent.

I should mention, the burger and raspberry/blueberry pie at Belly’s were both great.

Weekend Update, February 27th

It is still cold here.  Zero, this morning.  Excellent snow pack.

It is the weekend of the Lake Colby Fishing Derby.  Northern Pike caught anywhere can be entered.  Wonder if we will see folks out on Lake again, this year?  Ice is about 30 inches thick, with about 24 – 30 inches of snow on top.  Hard to  move around.  It has been so cold that very little, if any, slush has formed where the ice and snow meet.

It is quiet here for us this weekend.  Last week we had kids, all the grandkids, grandkid-cousins and sheer bedlam.  The boys helped restock the fireplace wood.  But both managed to get stuck leaving.  I finally had to unpackage the tow strap I have been carrying around for about 20 years.  Why don’t people get snow tires?  At least we know now what they will get for Christmas this year.

We plan on spending most of the day outside.  Snowshoeing, snow mobiling, working the dogs.  It is the last day of grouse season, but we have too much snow in the woods to effectively hunt.  If you like Winter, today should be a perfect day.

Update:  there is a well established cross country ski track around the perimeter of the lake (except where it has been windblown).  It was nice to see someone else had been using the snowshoe trail I have been making.  Easy access across from Lakeview, Upper Bass Pond Road (just past and across from the Korn camp) and from the jeep trail on the curve across and above the Red Loon.

Weekend Update, February 20th

We have been having a stretch of phenomenal weather here at the lake. Yes, it was 30 below with the wind this morning, but that did not keep us from going out. It os mow 2 degrees, sunny and windy.

The snow in the woods is about 3 to 4 feet deep. We have been establishing many snowshoe routes through the woods. There is too much snow on the lake for snowmobiling, and I have seen only one solitary ice fisherman this year.

Snowmobiling is excellent; all trails are open and groomed. I imagine we will hear lots of sleds Saturday and Sunday.

I think the grouse hunting is done for the season. Too much snow. I have seen some friends out rabbit hunting with their beagles.

We have had two infants (both under two months) visiting. It has been hard keeping the heat up in the house. The wood stove and fireplace have been going non-stop. The older grandkids arrive tonight.