Well, that was a short-lived "ice out" contest! On Saturday, April 3rd, the ice went out of East Bearskin Lake. Bob watched it go and as always, it was an amazing event to watch. Of course, Bob and Quinn have already paddled all over on the lake.
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Winter disappeared on the Gunflint Trail rather suddenly. We didn't expect that.
In 2008 Bearskin Lodge became one of the sponsors of the Hoigaard's Challenge, three races that are "The ultimate test of Minnesota-ness:" The City of Lakes Ski Loppet, the Tri-Loppet, and the Trail Loppet. This weekend the Ski Loppet is being held in Minneapolis and, as has been the case for the past two years, Bearskin will be there. (See http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/city-of-lakes-loppet-or-2-days-in-a-big-plastic-tent/ to read about our first City of Lakes experience.)
Wondering why we don't answer the phone today? Wishing we'd respond to an e-mail you sent this morning? We are incommunicado at the moment.
The meltdown of a fiber optic cable in Duluth has left much of the North Shore without phone services, including the area's major internet service provider, Boreal. We are able to get on the web via our satellite internet, but can't access our Boreal e-mail or receive phone calls. It's been a very quiet afternoon!
Long-time Bearskin guests all fondly remember Dee Peterson, a very special person who was the face of Bearskin Lodge for many years. Dee passed away in 2008 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/a-life-well-lived/
We've been patiently waiting for snow. OK, maybe the "patient" part isn't right but the "waiting" part is true. We've been gradually accumulating snow, but it hasn't been quite enough to create ideal conditions yet. Skiers are enjoying memorable conditions. Skiing on the lakes has been "once in a lifetime" amazing.
The trail report blog is now up and running: http://bearskintrailreports.wordpress.com Watch it for regular updates on the conditions.
If you're visiting the in Minneapolis this weekend, stop by the Bearskin booth and say hi to Quinn, Kate, our musher Erik Simula and one of his friendly sled dogs.
Grab a Bearskin brochure –there's a $50 off coupon secretly tucked in there, good on a new reservation of 3 days or more that can be used by anyone. Usually we have a coupon like this available for new guests who have never visited Bearskin before, but the Expo coupon will work for anyone. You can also enter a drawing to win a free stay at Bearskin.
Bob saw an unexpected sight today on the porch of cabin 11 — a Fisher.
No, not A fisherman, although that is also an unexpected sight lately during our cold snap. What Bob found in the screen porch was an elusive, medium-sized member of the weasel family known as the Fisher or sometimes called a Fisher Cat. Similar to a Pine Marten, but quite a bit bigger, it is very rare to spot a Fisher, muchless see one on a cabin porch.
It's already snowed on the Gunflint Trail. Several times, actually. Only a few snow piles hidden deep in the woods remain now, but it's been a reminder that the winter ski season is on its way.
It’s over. We’re coming to the end of the spring/summer/fall seasons and beginning preparations for that very different season at Bearskin, winter. Quinn and Andy have taken out most of the docks, put away the Adirondack chairs, and moved most of the boats into winter storage. Screen windows are coming off, and storm windows are going back on. Cabin 4 and the fish cleaning house have been closed down for the winter.
In the cabins and lodges, Laura, Kate and Rachel are “deep cleaning” – pulling out everything in every cabin to scrub it all spotless. Laura has been through two deep cleanings already, so she’s a bit of a pro. But Kate and Rachel are new to the process and they are, as one of them commented, amazed at what a mess we make in order to get a cabin so clean.