Right now I have the three most exciting words to tell you – WE HAVE SNOW!! Cook County is one of the few places in the state with snow. Our ski trails are groomed and tracked. People are out all over. It is a wonderful time in the woods.
The ice on the lake is not really reliable yet so we have been advising everyone to stay off the lake. The temperature has gone down today. It was 20 degrees this morning and 11 degrees when I came home about 1:30 after lunch. The cloud cover is gone and the sun is out. If it gets cold tonight, the lake will probably freeze up a bit more. We will test it before anyone really goes out.
We also have wolves. There has been a pack of 7 wolves coming down from the north side of the lake. Yesterday we saw them on the ice around the point at the west side of Gunflint. Sheryl got some nice pictures of them and here is one. Later in the afternoon we saw three of them out on the ice just sitting and looking around. Being on the lake gives them a good chance to look for any deer out on the ice.
I am sitting here typing and waiting for Lee and Eve and the kids to arrive. They will be spending a few days with us. The kids are already signed up for dog sled rides. I am all prepared to play games and read books. Then we will take a few minutes to bake a birthday cake for Mae. I will get her to help with the baking and decorating. Her birthday present is wrapped and hidden.
Life at the lodge is busy. This week in between Christmas and New Year’s is one of our busiest times. Because the days are short everything is compressed into a fewer daylight hours. Coming into the lodge at night is like a fairy tale with all the decorations and the fireplaces going. Even those of us who have seen it over and over, still get caught short sometimes.
Bruce and I hope that all of you had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a very happy new year.