Today is our first day of rain and does it look wonderful! We have had snow flurries but starting about 5:30 this morning, it was all rain. As a result, Gunflint Lake is quite black. I can tell by some of the plowing marks that the ice flow is moving east. That is what we want. A good strong northwest wind would really help the process. On the north shore of the lake, the open water coming out of Cross River is getting close to the end of the point. Eventually the flowing water from the river will drive all the ice to the east end of the lake and then out. We are ready.
Over on Tucker Lake the ice is so black that Bruce figures he could drive a boat right through it. I don’t think we are going to try just yet. Tucker Lake is a long narrow lake and not anywhere near as deep as Gunflint. So, it will probably be out at least a week before Gunflint it.
This weekend was another one of the dog lovers weekends. I think we have about 19 dog lovers with their pets. We have doggie socials, homemade doggie treats, etc. The most popular events with the dogs is to just take long walks in the woods without leases. I think the people enjoy it the most also. Luckily Friday and Saturday were just perfect for this activity. Now the rain can come.
As the spring comes along, we have more than just birds wandering back. Our neighbors down the lake have already had two black bears on their porch. Adam’s dogs woke everyone up barking at bears. As long as they stay out of the garbage, I don’t care.
While walking down the Tucker Lake Road, I saw some wolf scat. There is no doubt that the wolves are around but we don’t get to see them very much. Right now the wolves may be living on partridge. There appear to be lots of them on our road.
Driving to the lodge today, I saw a rabbit on the shoulder of the road. Most of its body was changing color to summer browns. Its feet were still white but they are the last to change color.
Much of my vegetable garden is thawed out. Bruce wants to do some trimming in the raspberries and strawberries. Sounds good to me but today is not the day to do it – remember it’s raining out. I am going to start a small asparagus bed this year. It will take a couple of years to get anything to eat but in the end there will be some good dinners each year.As I have been writing, the rain has let up some. The wind, however, has increased. All of it helps the ice melt out.
P.S. Take a look at Bruce's picture from last week. The rocks are up to the ceiling now. All he needs to do is the hearth.