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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Guests and Worker Bees


Welcome to morning at Cascade Bluff, the weekend of August 13-16!
Our first day brought just a hint of fall in the misty air...
...but the light was perfect, and the temperature couldn't have been better.

Sunlight on the cliffs of "Cascade Mountain" to our west.
Randy the generator guy and Morgan, the dog that can convince even Val, the non-dog lover, that some dogs really are wonderful...


Our entryway is shaping up. A few details, hard to notice: we have rain gutters! And, some curvy lines in the wood trim over the doorway have been shaved down to more geometric shapes, at our request.

This new structure is going to be our stairway on the outside that will lead right to the deck. This platform is also a nice little deck with a great view of the northern sky. We brought blankets and pillows out there one clear night and caught the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower! 6 meteors in 20 minutes... but no aurora borealis... yet...



We've had a wonderful series of guests! Here are Nick and Kent, Grand Marais friends from a visit earlier this summer...

Parker and Sharon Palmer, enjoying the sunshine, the view, and the conversation...

Steph and Joel Smith, and their three young 'uns...

Hey Mom, we love you!

An afternoon storm blew over the lake, but missed us... at least, this storm missed us. We had all sorts of interesting weather!

Sunday and Monday we put our guests and friends, David Strand and Bridget Duffy to work helping us create and improve trails. David, are those chaps you're wearing?

Here's Bridget breaking her back for us...


Here I am taking a break from weed whacking and tree trimming to build a rock cairn...

...which is one of my favorite things to do!
David and Val have just removed a monster deadfall tree that was blocking our trail. If you listen closely, they are singing "We are lumberjacks and we're okay!" For those of you Monty Python fans who know the rest of the lyrics, you'll have to contact David privately and discuss with him.

What a glorious trail! Did somebody say something about 4 lanes?


A pair of cairns marks the entrance to our new trail to the river!

David and Bridget enjoying the fruits of their labor.

We all took a nice break by the stream...

David went off in search of the east boundary marker... never found it...

And we all enjoyed the murmur of the Cascade at her shallowest time of year...

Now that's what I call tailgating!

...and a nice topper to a wonderful day. Cheers!

One bonus of removing dead trees from the trail is some wood for the stove for the coming winter! Now we just have to get that splitter...


On our final evening we were rewarded by a stupendous sunset... Pictures say it all..



Here is a link for you to copy and paste into your browser. This is for Google maps with the satellite image of our land! Scroll in and out to get oriented, and if you zoom in really close, that rectangle in the middle of a cleared area is our garage! This picture must have been taken about a year ago, as our garage went up in July of 2009. Wow!

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=47.757129,-90.524396&z=17&t=h&hl=en

Val and I are heading north to Cascade Bluffs again on August 27, so look for more posts as details continue to fall into place and we enjoy our New World.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Val! Hi Kathy - nice to meet you.
    What a glorious "dream - coming - true" and amazing way to get re-acquainted with Val after 35 - plus years!
    Jan (Olsen) McCoy

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