Loon Lake has iced over

By 10:30 this morning, the entire lake had a layer of ice. It was snowing, and a layer of snow blanketed the ice. A very quick change, overnight.

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Very Quiet at the Lake

The temperature is in the low 20’s, and we have about 2 inches of new snow on the ground.  Just enough to see animal tracks.  Yesterday, I spotted tracks of  chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, turkeys, deer and moose.

It is very quiet at the lake.  Big game hunting is over; no one is in the hunting camps over in Inman.  I love this time of year, as I have the woods to myself.   I can stop worrying about a careless hunter shooting my dog, while we  are out for grouse.  I get much quieter– less whistles and calls for the dog.  We just do our own thing.

Our bay, Molasses Bay, is frozen up to our camp.  The main body of the lake is still unfrozen.  That will probably change this next week– temperatures are predicted to drop.

Paula is finishing up her Christmas baking– next weekend she will assemble her cookie trays.  25 trays and 14 different cookies.  She has counted them all and noted the count on each back.  I think she does this to deter me from eating them.

I have been out in the woods collecting raw materials for the grand kids to make tree ornaments.  They have their own tree at our house; each year they make a new ornament.  We no longer bake ornaments, as the dogs tend to eat them.  The few that remain have to be hung high on the kids’ tree.

This is the weekend we watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  I can recite this movie, yet every time I watch it, I see something I never noticed before.

Today I will be cutting wood and grouse hunting, while Paula bakes.  Should be a good one.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Loon Lake

The weather this time of year is pretty variable.  When we got to camp, our road had been plowed, and I needed stabilicers just to walk around outside– we had a thin coating of ice everywhere.  Molasses Bay was mostly frozen over.  The next day was in the high forties, with a constant high wind out of the West.  The snow and ice melted.  The  ice on the bay all melted.  Yesterday, we had rain.  This morning, I walked the dogs in a blizzard, and it is in the low 20s.

We brought the Thanksgiving turkey carcass with us to camp– Paula made Turkey soup yesterday, and began her Christmas cookie baking.  The soup came in handy as we had some young unexpected guests–  our fourth kid Laz and his girlfriend Mallory spent the night.  They were up to hear a band in Saranac Lake at the Waterhole.  When he gets up, I will put Laz to work cutting wood for the pizza oven.  He asked for pullapart (monkey bread) for breakfast.  He has had that for breakfast with us at camp for the  last seventeen years.  He even bought milk while in town last night.

Grouse hunting has been good.  I tend to see more picking up gravel along the road on my way to and from hunting…..  I will head out again later this morning.  Should be interesting in the woods with the fresh snow.  I may even put a deer slug in my pocket….