It's cold, the northwest winds are blowing and the lake effect snow machine has been working. We picked up 4-5 inches over night (Sat-Sun) and another 3" during the day. This weather is predicted to do the same for the next three days. It feels as though winter has really moved in. UPDATE: it's still falling.
It sure was a mild fall. But bring on winter. All the area businesses that depend on winter tourism have had a tough month. All that should change by next weekend. It's time to pack those sleds up and head north.
Even ice conditions have been very minimal up to date. We have been on the ice just twice thus far. Both times we had solid ice but no more than 4 inches thick. We did catch a couple of nice fish but the last time out the ice was deteriorating and we decided to wait until this storm passes until we venture back out.
The Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race was put off for a couple of weeks because of the lack of snow. It has been rescheduled for the weekend of January 23. If you haven't watched a sled dog race before it is very fascinating. Watching the excitement as the dogs get hooked up is pretty neat.
We did our good deed of the week the other day very unexpectedly. We were heading out with Zeta on our morning walk, and immediately we see this Snowy Owl sitting on the side of the road. Good thing we saw it before Zeta did. She was confused as I ran her back into the house. We showed a couple of cabin guests and took a few pictures.
Soon we realized that this bird could not fly. We contacted the DNR who then put us in touch with a Bird Rehabilitator out of the Marquette area. [There are a lot of them in Michigan!] This man asked us to capture the bird and get it into Newberry where he will arrange transportation to his Rehab Center. By this time the owl had moved itself into the woods. With a blanket and a small cage in tow off we went. Everything went perfect. With the blanket over the bird it settled right down and Monica guided it right into the cage. Off to Newberry we went.
Got a call the next morning from Jerry our Rehab guy. He said when he got the bird the night before he gave it only a 20% chance of making it through the night. As he expected the bird was extremely malnourished and dehydrated. Most likely because it just flew over Lake Superior from Canada. This trip is particularly tough on most birds as they migrate south, especially if they have to fight a south wind as this bird did. After treating the bird that first night and then again in the morning Jerry had good news - the owl appeared to be doing very well. A good end to our story.
Magical moments again provided by Mother Nature. Looking into the those big yellow eyes is pretty memorable.
We have cabin openings throughout the winter. It's time to put some miles on those sleds.Give us a call and come on UP!
Mike and Monica