Archive for the ‘Bearskin Lodge’ Category
It started snowing hard yesterday afternoon, then the wind blew wildly all evening. The air is still filled with tiny sparkling flakes. The total accumulation wasn’t great, but there are massive drifts here and there. (Addendum after grooming: Quinn reports that there was a much greater accumulation of snow than we first guessed, especially at higher elevations such as on Bear Cub.)
I spent all day Saturday and Sunday on the internet, futilely attempting to do our family’s holiday shopping online. Shopping was a total failure — everything I attempted to buy online was gone. Once upon a time it was not considered to be “last minute shopping” until December 24th, but now by mid-December stores are sold out of everything. I’m not emotionally ready to start shopping in October, but to preserve what remains of my sanity I should learn to start earlier in the future.
If you’re in the same spot with your gift buying options, maybe a gift from Bearskin would help out. The easiest gift is a Bearskin gift certificate. You can purchase one in any amount over the phone. The certificate is attractive and can be used to buy lodging or gifts at Bearskin. It’s a straightforward, much appreciated option.
Wow, it’s November 26th and it is already real winter on the Gunflint Trail. When the Twin Cities was hit with 12 inches of snow earlier in the month, Bearskin received only about 5 inches. It gave us a wintery appearance, and was enough to give us a start on preparing ski trails, but it wasn’t enough snow to get excited about. A few inches of additional snow fell sporadically after that, just enough to require repetitive shoveling.
November is an odd month on the Gunflint Trail. Nobody quite knows what to expect in November, other than that it will be very, very quiet up here.
I never quite know how to categorize November. Bearskin has a daily photo site on Flickr with pictures labeled by their dates. November can look like this:
A large percentage of Bearskin Blogs include a line that goes something like this: “Then the power went out.”
This story is no exception. It was a relatively slow fall afternoon, when unexpectedly the usual background sound mix of computers, coolers, refrigerators, fluorescent lights, and monotonous lodge music abruptly stopped. A sudden deeper silence is always the first sign of a power outage, followed shortly by the fading whistle of alarms reluctantly relinquishing their electrical connection.
If you’ve ever been out in a boat with Bearskin’s fishing guide, Curtis Blake, you can now say that you took fishing lessons from a master fisherman. Curtis, along with his teammate Jon Dircks, took first place in a Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit fishing tournament on August 22nd . Curtis and Jon “brought a monster 19.70-pound basket to the scale,” according to the Cabela’s press release, to win the “walleye fest” at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Western Division stop on Devils Lake. More info at: http://www.masterswalleyecircuit.com/ and http://www.walleyecentral.com/articles/?a=2475
The contest offered an $11,000 first place check, so Curtis is understandably pleased about the outcome. It’s going to be much tougher to expect him to work for peanuts now at Bearskin. @@
Summer is drawing to a close and we have yet to blog about our wonderful 2010 staff. As many of them head back to college this week and we say goodbye , it’s time to recognize the great job they’ve done for Bearskin guests this year.
This has been the “no drama” group of summer employees. (This is not theater camp, so we like that.) They simply get along. There was no better demonstration of their healthy attitude than the Saturday early in the summer when — surprise, surprise — our full-time teacher/naturalist abruptly quit because the job was too much work. We were shocked. Young people blowing off jobs are common occurrences at other resorts, but Bearskin hires very carefully. This never happens here. Panic set in.