Christmas is coming and we are getting ready at the lodge. Most of the decorations are up. The tree in the lodge looks wonderful. It is hard to show it off with this daytime photo but here we are. Out on the Trail by Birch Lake, Daryl Popkes and Tom Leddy have lit up their tree with white bulbs. It looks great as we come up the road home.
Gunflint Lake is not frozen yet. There is about a one mile section from Heston’s east that is still open. We just need some cold weather and no wind. No sense is fussing about it as there is nothing to be done. Mother Nature has her own plan and she will not be hurried.
The animals in the area are doing very well. Fred smith reports that there is still a lynx haning around the Mile O’Pines Road. He probably comes down our way too but we just haven’t seen him.
Guests last weekend had a lot of moose sightings. On Friday night about three parties saw a cow and a large calf around seven miles below us. The two animals must have hung around the road for quite some time. All these parties saw them over about a two hour period. In all cases the animals stayed around enough to give a good view. On Saturday Bruce and I drove down to Poplar Lake for a party. We saw the cow and calf both coming and going to our party. There is also a big bull moose between Mayhew and Birch Lakes. Again people have had wonderful views of the animals.
Let’s not forget the wolves. In spite of a hunting season, around 8:00 a.m. last Saturday everyone in the lodge could see a pack of 7 wolves come over from Canada. They must have started at the Pines and then went down the lake to the west. I am sure that they will be hanging around looking for dinner during the winter.
I have my bird feeders full with friends coming in. Bruce has a metal box for bread for the Gray Jays and Blue Jays. When he puts food in, Bruce bangs on the edge of the box. As soon as he moves on, there is a steady stream of birds to take their share. Soon the box is empty.
It is pretty warm out now but due to cool down next week. I am ready for a big snow storm. Eight or ten inches would be just fine. Of course, Bruce will not be too happy about it if he is out dragging in our Christmas tree.
Lee, Eva, Grant and Mae are due up here on the 27th. There should be a good snowfall for them to be out playing in. They also want to take a dog sled ride. We will see how the snow comes.