Saturday, December 31, 2011

Have a Blessed 2012!

We are ringing in the New Year at the Grizzly Den tonight. Everything is packed and the dogs are ready to hop into the back of the truck. Rudyard is under a winter storm watch for tomorrow into Monday. Keep your fingers crossed we finally get enough snow to go snow-shoeing and snowmobiling!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree...

It has been busy! I'm sure you all are experiencing the same at some level. For my family and me, this year is very different from Christmas's past. The move and the packing and unpacking...of course I can't remember everything even if I do write it all down. But we laugh it off and make due. This is the first year in 30 that we don't have a real tree set up for ourselves and our two sons. We made due at our son's house (He bought our house when we moved to the UP) and are adjusting to an artificial tree that I keep set up all year round but not in Christmas style. We've all traveled far to get together for the holiday and with our various schedules, a real tree would have been inconvenient this year. So for this post I thought I would show you all the trees that have adorned our Christmas parties and visits to family.

When we loaded everything up to head downstate, there was a little bit of snow in the UP.

The water sparkled as we crossed the Mackinac Bridge.

Christmas at my brother's house - It was a wonderful day!

And their beautiful Christmas trees!

My mother's beautiful trees!

Our make due tree!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Let it Snow - please

Today is a beautiful day for December. But truthfully, my idea of a "perfect" day would be watching a blustery snowstorm through my window, cup of hot tea in hand. Sigh. But if it isn't going to snow, then it may as well be sunny and in the low 40's - like today. The last two days have been windy and in the low 20's. 

Yesterday I bundled up and took Bear and Ike on a walk to the Grizzly Den. As you can see from the pictures below, there is only a dusting of snow and the river is high and beginning to freeze along the edges.

Many of you know our home is very small - just under 600 square feet. So an indoor Christmas tree was out of the question  - for this year anyways. But not an OUTDOOR Christmas tree. The dogs helped us scout our land in search of that perfect tree to set up just outside the window of our sitting area. 

Steve hauling the perfect Christmas tree out of the woods. overgrown Charlie Brown Christmas tree. "Ike, what do you think?" All I got was the pout. So I shrugged my shoulders and unraveled the lights not knowing Steve had disappeared into the woods again. 
Then I heard the chainsaw.

And out of the woods came this beautiful tree. So now we have two trees!

Tess approves. I'm not sure where Ike went. Both trees are pretty in their own unique way. I've hung suet holders as ornaments and watch the birds fly in and out all day long.

Twinkling under the moonlight!

Now if it would just snow!
The weathermen are saying they are watching 
a storm system for Wednesday and Thursday.
So we'll keep our fingers crossed and continue doing the snow dance.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Grizzly Den is Ready for Renters!

The Grizzly Den is officially open for renting. You can find the Grizzly Den on Facebook by typing in "The Grizzly Den Log Cabin Rental" in the search bar or just follow the link on my wall. Also, the Grizzly Den has it's own blog for advertising. I will still post pictures on here, but if you have friends who don't know me and just want to look at the Grizzly Den, they can go here:

Here are the latest pictures...

If you click on the above pictures, you should be able to access a slideshow which will make the pictures larger for your viewing.

Here is the info as stated on the Grizzly Den's Blog:

The Grizzly Den is a smoke-free authentic log cabin on the Pine River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is approximately 40 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The cabin is located on Snowmobile Trail #472 northeast of Trout Lake. At the Grizzly Den, you'll experience the quiet, beauty, and seclusion of the U.P.

There is no electricity or television at the Grizzly Den. The cabin's green energy comes from a solar powered 12-volt electrical and lighting system, with optional gas lighting. There is a propane hot water heater and self-contained water pump system. The cabin offers a thermostat controlled vented gas fireplace for cozy heat, a full bath, and a kitchen with a gas stove.

The bedroom is in the upstairs loft which contains one queen and one full size bed. A comfy futon on the main floor opens to another full bed.

The cabin is located 1 1/2 miles from our home and is nestled in the Hiawatha National Forest. In the winter you park at our home and snowmobile the groomed trail to the Grizzly Den. We will assist with luggage to the log cabin upon arrival. All other seasons you can drive to the cabin.

The Grizzly Den is a year-round rental. Fishermen will be able to fish for brook, brown, and rainbow trout, perhaps seeing an occasional salmon swimming upstream. The bird hunters will enjoy the large population of Partridges in the area. The area is also excellent for bear hunting. The North Country hiking trail is just 3 miles west of the Grizzly Den on the same forest road. There are miles and miles of excellent off-road and ATV trails.

Sightseeing includes the Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, Soo Locks, the Mackinac Bridge and nearby Mackinac Island. You can visit three of the five Great Lakes from our locationLake Superior is approximately 35 miles to the north, and Lakes Michigan and Huron are approximately 35 miles south and east.

A two night minimum stay is required. Rates are $125 per night or $100 per night for a 5 night stay or more.

Please call us at 906.298.1378 or email

We look forward to seeing you and sharing the Grizzly Den experience with you! 
~Your hosts, Steve & Debi VanDyke

And this was the view out of my window this morning while sipping my morning coffee.
More about the Christmas tree on the right in my next post.