Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Hunt is Over

Well, it's back to work for me tomorrow. Steve will continue to hunt beginning December 1 as he still has a license to bow hunt, and ESPECIALLY because he has the elusive 10 point back on his camera. But the rifle hunting season was fantastic as Steve shot a 3 point so our count is two for this year. Our freezer is full!

I'm working on another blog strictly to advertise the Grizzly Den, as well as put it on Facebook. I will let you all know when they are ready for viewing.

The weather was nice for a few days - 50 degrees. But it has since turned colder. Lots of snow showers today. Below is a picture of Lake Michigan Thanksgiving Day.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Deer Camp 2011 Update

We received a good five inches of snow yesterday. It is beautiful!

This was the view from my blind yesterday. Very blustery!

But it paid off this morning as it got the deer moving and with the white background made them easier to spot. I got myself a spike!

So now we have the first deer hanging at the Grizzly Den!
More to come...(I hope!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Last Minute Preparations...

We had our first snowfall of the season last weekend, though it melted quickly. The last two days have been cloudy but in the 50's. Last night it poured for hours! Today the sun is shining and I even have a few windows open.

We have been busy putting the final touches on the Grizzly Den. Last weekend we began moving in!

Steve transporting the mattresses.

And tonight Steve, Riley, and I will settle in for the rest of the week for deer camp!

FYI - The Grizzly Den will be available to rent beginning December 1, 2011. Shoot us an email if you are interested! I'll post pictures of the end result after deer hunting is over.

Riley found a spot across the river so over the weekend the guys 
made a temporary bridge over the log.

Then they headed out to put up Riley's tree blind. He found an awesome spot about a mile and a half north of camp by a huge beaver dam where he has already seen a spike and a 4 point.  

There is blaze orange everywhere - in the vehicles that drive by and disappear into the woods, and in the windows of the camps that sit empty most of the year but are now filled to capacity.

Steve and I have seen about 5 bucks on our game camera and many does. Just seeing a deer in the UP can be quite a treat as they are few and far between. Apparently the wolves and the cougar have depleted the herd quite a bit. We were just told by a friend that he found a mauled 6 point on his property. It was evident it had been the victim of a cougar. 

But all three of us are hoping this 10 point caught on our game camera will pass by our blinds tomorrow morning!

 Well, I have the stew made, cooler packed, and will be heading out the door shortly. 
Good luck to all you hunters out there! Be safe!

I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kenosha, WI

We left the UP for Kenosha and traveled through our first snow of the season.

But the skies quickly cleared. The leaves in Escanaba were past peak but still colorful.

Rain threatened at times in Wisconsin.

But we arrived at Riley's condo as scheduled.

After unloading our stuff...

...we walked into town for supper.

On Saturday, we took a ride west to Lake Geneva...

...and had lunch at the marina.

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Geneva Lake Facts
Area: 5500 square acres (8.6 miles) 

Length: 9 miles 

Greatest width: 3 miles 

Narrowest width: 1/2 mile 

Deepest point: 152 feet (off Black Point) 

A nice wooden boat in the marina...

...and a sailboat race.

As always, it was a wonderful weekend in Wisconsin!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A UP Tradition - The Snow Sticks Are In!

The sunrises continue to be beautiful, especially on these cold UP mornings.

The tamaracks are in full fall color.

Even with a dark sky they portray sunshine.

If it wasn't for the tamarack pine tree, who's needles change to a golden color before falling to the ground like a tree sheds its leaves, the countryside wouldn't have much color left except for browns and greens. A tamarack standing tall against a dark spruce evergreen creates such a vivid contrast.
But there is another thing I want you to take away from this picture...
See that vertical stick on the right? It's just stuck there - on purpose and for a very good reason.
And can you make out another one directly across the street?
This is a common tradition in the UP.
Snow sticks!

Here's one on our main road. Every road in the county that will be snowplowed this winter will receive these inverted vertical sticks in specific increments along the edge of the road. I've seen county road commission guys all over the place this past week with their pickup truckbeds loaded with straight sticks. The purpose of the sticks is to provide safety to the snowplowers and a sense of where the road is during a blizzard, snowstorm, or in the event the snow gets so high. By monitoring the sticks, they'll still be able to get a pretty good sense where the edge of the road is.

More on the main road which can do a serious drift over from all the open farmer's fields.

And even at the beginning of our driveway to our house. We are fortunate to have the county road commission snowplow guy come down our mile long gravel road (which is also a main snowmobile trail in the winter). He does a wonderful job keeping us plowed out without taking away from the snowmobile trail. (Steve, of course handles the immediate driveway.) The plow comes as far down as our house, backs up in our driveway, and then heads east again.

Billy...we salute you!

This past weekend we visited out son in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sunday I will post the fall pics I took as we traveled the northern route up and around Lake Michigan. To us Yoopers, it was like experiencing fall twice! And our son lives two blocks from Lake Michigan.