Here’s the swans btw. Any clue as to what they are?
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Transitioning the cabin from Summer Mode to Winter Mode. Mostly that means getting up all the leaves, winterizing the boat motors, putting the lawn equipment away.
Late fall is incredibly quiet at the lake. After mowing and cleaning out side I spent some time sitting on the deck, the only sound.. goose calls and the occasional car passing on County Road G, a few hundred meters south of us.
Not that there wasn’t some excitement. The lake is crystal clear this time of year. Summers algae blooms have died off, the aquatic vegetation has died back, lake looks great. There were a few boats out, late fall muskie fishing. You can tell a muskie fisherman, they throw the lures so big, that even from a few hundred yards away.. you can’t mistake them. Dead chickens a friend used to say. Big gawdy spinners, 12″ long stick baits.
Saturday was a classic weather wise. Highs in the 50′s, calm.. The colors are mostly gone now, past peak as they say. Still, the Red Oaks are earning their name, they’re the last trees to turn. Deep maroons and burgundies. There were a few poplars still yellow.
While I was mowing I noticed a V-Wake along the shoreline. Furry head moving down the shore line. Beaver? Muskrat? The critter came ashore on my rocks, otter of all things. It scampered along my shore and dove under my canoe. Winter lodgings I guess. I could move the canoe and get it out of there.. but it’s what the hell, he gets free winter lodging and I get a chance to see a wild otter again. I’m hoping this winter he’ll make a slide down my hill to the lake. They’re fun critters that way.
Another feather of the lake in late fall, swans. There was a flock of about 20 swans on the lake late Saturday afternoon. Huge, graceful birds., I’m not sure if they were tundra swans or trumpeter swans.. Good buddy Ken over on Little Blake Lake has reported nesting trumpeter swans in the mashes upstream from our lake. One sure way to tell the difference, neck bands the US Dept of Fish and Game puts on swans, these birds didn’t have any, as far as I could tell. Make me think they’re migrating tundras. Still, it’s a treat to see these magnificent birds, no matter what kind of swan.
Once the work was done I spent some time just enjoying the quiet. No jet skis, no real boat noises.. just a quiet cool evening on the lake. Makes me think I’m really missing out on something not using the place so much this time of year.
I moved stuff around the garage to get ready for winter. I was pretty upset to see that mice had ripped a massive hole in my fish house. Really pissed about that. I’ll have to see if I can find a good size patch kit for the sled. Damn critters.
Next weekend, Minnesota’s deer hunting opener. It’s that time of year when the outdoors calls.
Nice weekend at the lake, albeit not exactly quiet. The Daughter brought 3 of her girlfriends up with her, which if you can count makes for 4 teen age girls and I, at lease Friday and the first half of Saturday.
I can’t complain, the kids were fine. Actually they’re really good kids, but I have to say Teen Age Girls and Teen Age Guys area about as different as dogs and cats. Both genders seem to find things to do at the lake. Remarkably some of the same things; fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hanging out. Boys just do it with a different amount of energy than girls do. They do it in a way that leaves things broken and usable when they’re done with it. The girls on the other hand, oddly enough, kinda put stuff back when they’re done with them, ask permission for other things and generally tread a little lighter.
Until you engage in the teasing game. Boys are easy to tease, not even much of a challenge to be honest. You point out a a couple idiosyncrasies and just like that you da man. Girls on the other hand, especially teener girls… suffice to say they started teasing me before I could even get started.
Overall the weekend was nice, a colleague from work joined me Saturday afternoon. I took the kids to the Polk County Museum in town. The museum fills the old County Courthouse in the village of Balsam Lake. The museum has a little bit of everything, lots of stuff that was obviously in the estates of various county residents. There’s sections by township, another section by ethnicity, a section of churches, another by vocation.. there’s just a ton of stuff in there, a bit too much if you ask me. We’re I king of the museum I might change it just a bit and tell more stories about the development of county, maybe profile a few pioneers, towns, who knows. They certainly have the artifacts there to do a lot of things.
The weather was fantastic. After a severe front blew through on Saturday afternoon the weather changed dramatically. We went from humid and warm to crisp almost fall like weather. Sleeping on Saturday night was outstanding, windows open wide, fresh breeze…
The Cabin is being rented out this week so through cleaning. I had some adding machine tape and had the girls write in their best handwriting “Sanitized for YOUR Protection.” I taped them around the toilet seats to give the place that “old time clean” feel.
Week ahead promises to be a bit trying. Mrs S is in California all week on Family business, the kids and I are keeping the home fire burning and starting to wrap up the summer to-d0 lists. Wednesday the semi annual brush with mortality. More to come.
A quiet time in rural Wisconsin last weekend. Team Sankary headed up after work on Friday afternoon. The plan was to go to the Thirsty Otter in Balsam Lake for their Friday Fish Fry. Apparently the word has gotten out that the Otter Fry is outstanding eats. Place was packed by the time we got there, around 6:45. As we waited in the parking lot, trying to convince my shy kid to walk in and see how long the wait for a table would be, a nice well lubricated patron came wandering out, stuck his head in my truck and reported, in a bourbon laced spew “don’t know what your waiting for, they’re out of chicken.” “we’re here for fish” “thereouttathat too” he reported and promptly staggered over to his car.
Dang. Meant we were off to plan B, Friday Night Taco’s at the Blacksmith Shop over on the east side of Balsam lake. Not even close, Blacksmith tacos have one thing going for them, they’re all you can eat and they’re only $8.00. The place was packed with refugees from the Otter. Well, when you’re in rural Polk county you only have so many choices.
This was the first weekend in a long time that we really had nothing to do. The last of the demolition project on the big chimney had been removed, there’s still some dock work to do, and a planter box to set and fill, but we’re getting there.
Spent the day on Saturday fishing mostly. Oldest kid and I hit the lake hard in our first real fishing outing. We were about a month late getting out for the first time. Never mind, the fish were more than cooperative. We actually “slayed” ‘um, boated more than 20 in our outing, most of them better than 2 lbs. Not a bad day bass fishing. I managed to boat a fish I would call a PETA special. The fish had a lure hanging out of its mouth proving to me that fish, having not developed a cerebellum, thus can not reason, think, feel, perceive anything but the most rudimentary sensations and.. well, are fun to catch and release with no harm done.
I’ve mentioned in the past that one of my favorite dishes are my own words, and I’m eating them now. When I wrote this post this spot was filled with a diatribe about a jet ski operator who had the nerve to disturb my peace and quite over the weekend. An anonymous reader left a comment on this post, I’m thinking it was the fellow I was writing about.
He was angry and rightfully so, and for pissing him off, calling an anonymous person a dickhead, and making up a bit of story about my reaction. For that I sincerely apologize and offer the following-
1) You’re probably a new reader to this site. You may not realize that this site is alot about humor. I tell a lot of stories here, most are at least partially fabricated for humorous affect. This was no exception. I don’t mess with other people stuff, including their cars. I never actually walked over, I wouldn’t do that.
2) I would LOVE to see the 10-4 water sports ban enforced on this lake, as of right now it is completely ignored. We have a ton of people skiing and jet skiing right up until sunset and occasionally after. Which is also against the law in Wisconsin. I am biased I’m afraid. I’m not a fan of jet skis or waterskiing. I don’t tube, I haven’t allowed my adults kids to bring jet skis to the lake, and I won’t pull kids in a tube. They have to go elsewhere for “fun” as they always tell me.
3) I apologize for being a dickhead, a douche, a pussy and all the other stuff you’ve mentioned. As I’ve said I write to amuse, nothing more. I look for situations that are funny or portray my crochitiness. It happens that from time to time I cross a line, get to specific, people are offended and for that I’m sorry.
Jon Doe, I would have loved to respond to you personally but you didn’t leave an email or name, so I’m afraid this is the best I can do. Sorry again for offending you.