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Summer plans — restaurant opening June 17th

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

I'm looking out the window at an absolutely gorgeous day.  Clear blue skies with the tiniest white fluffs of clouds; loons on the lake; fresh young leaves on the birches that give the trees the appearance of being vivid green puffballs from afar. Cool nights have meant that we continue to be fairly bug-free.  Fishing is still good.  Summer has the potential to be wonderful.

It's very quiet now (which means it's a great time to visit!), but we're gearing up for the active summer season.  Our seasonal staff is gradually arriving, so it's starting to feel busier. 


Summer Restaurant Plans — Feedback Wanted

Friday, March 27th, 2009


Weekend update for January 23-25

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The forecast for the upcoming weekend includes some colder temperatures, but with the potential for sunny days. The snow continues to be wonderful. Guests repeatedly tell us that the snow is the best it's been in a decade and that the quality of the grooming has been excellent.

As I type this, I'm watching a group of women skiers from Cabin 3 glide by on the lake path. Frost is making the trees along the lake's bank look like white cotton candy today, so right now the skiers appear to be posing for an idyllic Christmas card photo. (Where's the camera, where's the camera?  Never nearby when we need it!) To keep up on current trail conditions, check out our trail reports at


Restaurant opens, mushing starts–what a week!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

What a week it has been!  Somewhere in the past few days there was a holiday. Grandpa McCloughan came to visit, our own little tree was hurriedly put up, gifts were exchanged and when we weren't all working, our family attempted to do the Christmas spirit thing.  A pre-Christmas sleigh ride and service at Okontoe helped provide some connection to the reason for the season.

But mostly our time for the past week was spent preparing for two huge new changes at Bearskin: The restaurant opened and dog sledding rides started.