On a recent snowshoe hike, Nate kept teasing the girls by shaking the snow down on their heads. As you can see, once in a while this trick backfired.
Here is a follow up to our wild Christmas tree post. Thought you might like to see the tree in the house and decorated. Nothing fancy here, just simple white lights and all the kid’s ornaments. We work hard at finding unique ornaments for each of our kids. We have done this for a long time, so we sometimes have to look hard to find a wild tree that “has enough branches for all of our ornaments”.
We cut another wild Christmas tree off our property this year. Sometimes it takes a lot of looking and a wild tree is always a bit sparse and misshaped. However, there is still some gratification doing it the old fashioned way! Although balsam fir probably makes the best native tree, we were content with a small white spruce this year. The photo below shows Michaela with her head stuck in the tree; she is actually cutting it down.
Many of our guests that walk and ride “out on the road” will appreciate this winter shot. Mary and I were headed up to Bemidji yesterday to finish our Christmas shopping when we noticed this view. These pines line the road about a quarter mile north of our driveway, about half way to the public access. When I stop to think that these trees were seedlings when we bought the resort 17 years ago, it helps put time in perspective. As time marches on, we very much appreciate living and raising our family here.
Our simple rink rake plus many feet hose to reach the skating rink. This “T” shaped contraption is simply PVC pipe and a shutoff valve connected to a garden hose on one end and a pipe with a row of small holes on the business end. The attached towel spreads the water out in a thin even, layer. We have been able to salvage half of the rink, but the other half, as expected, has flooded and slushed out.
The resort is a great place to host holiday get-togethers. We have the extra space in the lodge and Mary is a great cook. And, there are plenty of ways to burn off the extra turkey and stuffing. These photos are from our Thanksgiving hockey game with extended family. Thanks to Bob Hammerstrom (a photo journalist who has shot his fair share of sporting events! and my brother-in-law from New Hampshire) for these photos.
We are digging out today after our first major snow storm, about 12 inches on the level so far. Mary is excited to get a good snow cover on her dormant perennial plants, but the kids are disappointed with what this will do to their skating rink: the heavy snow on the early ice will cause the water to push up through the inevitable cracks. The resulting frozen slush ruins the rink beyond our capacity to repair it with our homemade rink rake (a nifty contraption designed to spread a thin layer of water on the ice).