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Monday, September 17, 2012

Friend Filled Summer of 2012

Okay, so in no way is it still summer up at the Bluff, what with overnight temps dropping in to the 40s and upper 30s, and with the fall color starting to pop... but more on that later! Right now, I am trying to catch up from being way WAY behind on posting photos from this summer just passed! Other news will soon be forthcoming, as well as the unfolding of fall, our favorite time of year.... But we have to start somewhere, so here goes. 

First, we'd like to record this really lovely new rain gauge, complete with perching birds, that we received as a beautiful gift this summer... What an inspiring way to measure the precipitation!
 And now an incomplete photo essay of many of the friends who visited this summer... 
Chris and Cameron 

 Writing buddy and dear friend, Rita...

Fantastic neighbors back in the big city, Mike and Martha... we had a fun sailing adventure on The Big Lake, on the sailing ship The Hjordis...


Val's dear friend and fellow board member, Gayle... Gayle was generous with her gardening advice and help for Kathy, and was able to put the concept of "clay soil" into perspective, as she hails from North Carolina where they really have clay soil! 

We had a fun invasion by the Smith Clan of San Diego and Thunder Bay...


...more Smiths looking down from above...

Old friends Michele and Dawn stayed with us for a couple of days...


...and we went to the nearby State Park, Cascade River St Park... here are the famous and photogenic falls...

...and Michele and Dawn on top of Lookout Mountain, with The Big Lake in the background...


 ...for those of you who complain that we don't post enough pix of ourselves, here's one of us taken up on Lookout Mountain...

 ...and the Four Hikers together...

Now, Lookout Mountain is inside the Cascade River State Park, just to the south and west of us. From our cabin we are pretty sure we know which ridge is Lookout Mtn... and from Lookout Mtn, we now know that you can see out place, if you know right where to look! (And have a good set of binocs!!) 
Here is the view from Lookout Mountain, pointing north and slightly east... The tallest "hump" on the left is what's called "Cascade Mountain" around here... then on the ridge to the right...

...if you know exactly where to look...

...and then you digitally enlarge your faint, blurry image, you can see our cabin!!  Well, you can sort of see our cabin....


 A few friends wouldn't get in front of the camera this year., so if you don't see your picture here and you visited this summer, it's not our fault! You either hid from the camera, we forgot to take your picture, or the cat ate it... Our friend Sue was one of those who didn't stand still long enough on this trip for me to get a photo of her. But she took these pix for us! Here is Val and Kathy posing inside "The Cat"... 

I suppose we should explain... our road builder and friend, Dean, has left his Caterpillar at the base of our road each year for 2 years, full of gas, ready to go to work... Pretty soon we should start charging him rent... But then, as another friend recently said, (wisely), you need your road builder up here lots more than he needs you, so if he wants to park his old Cat on your land... you go right ahead and let him...

Besides, Val's thinking of learning how to drive this baby! Looks like fun! 


And Rosie has to have the last word on this posting... She's tired of having to share air space with all these people! And tonight, she's demanding that we order a pizza from the world famous local pizza shop, "Sven and Ole's"... 

Very soon more news from the north woods... lots of adventures in motorized mayhem, mysterious projects carved from the forest, the last of the season's vegetable treasures, and all the other mischief that we've been getting into this year... Stay tuned! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Scary Skies of September

I've seen quite a few photos of this weird storm that happened on September 4th, so though I have lots more news from Cascade Bluff to report in an upcoming post, I thought I'd better get busy and get these pix out there! 

Val and I were watching the late afternoon skies on Tuesday, as we were toasting the 20th Anniversary of our Commitment Ceremony (on the 5th) and mourning that Val had to head to the city for a few days early in the morning... When things started to look a little gloomy...

This big dark front moved in pretty quickly...
 Still, at first it wasn't all that ominous looking... Big puffy white clouds mixed in with the dark ones and patches of blue behind...
 Then things started to look really strange. We noticed this dark gray hump forming over the lake, with a pointy cloud above it... Looked almost like a mountain range had appeared before our eyes...
 The sky directly west turned one of those sickly colors that tells you a really nasty storm is coming... and these "roller clouds" started to form...

 Back out over the lake, the drama increased...
 Whoa... holy cow...
 Green tinged sky... never a good thing... and those cone-shaped tendrils dropping down off that lower cloud sure looked like little twisters starting to form...
 Getting bigger and stronger...
 Oy vey...
 Never seen anything like this before... A greenish curtain dropping from the skies...
 The wind was wild and crazy by this time... Lots of thunder and lightning, and one very unhappy kitty... Rosie hates thunderstorms, and she was hiding in her usual spot behind a bunch of cartons, growling away...Poor kitty...

 Really freaky looking, isn't it? 
All this wonderfully awesome cloud activity was followed by about 20 minutes of driving rain, wind and howling... about 1/4 of an inch by our rain gauge... 

And then... peace reigned again....

No damage done, no trees down, just a traumatized cat (for a while, until she forgot all about it) and some much needed moisture. We've heard that this peculiar looking storm was brought about by the current wildfires brewing again in the BWCA about 50 miles northeast of us. We sincerely hope that we won't be seeing a repeat of last fall's huge Pagami Creek fire. Cross your fingers for rain for the north woods, folks!