Sure seems like the end of winter is approaching us quickly this week. We have had gorgeous weather for the past week. Much of our snows has melted. As of today, we still have enough snow in the woods to have an enjoyable ride - but we also have rain on us and 40 degree weather predicted through the week. The main groomed snowmobile trails are about shot for the year. Most grooming operations have stopped for the year. If you still have plans for a ride this spring call ahead first and confirm what type of conditions you are getting into. [UP trail reports by area]
Even the Muskallonge Lake ice is deteriorating very quickly. We have sat on the ice almost every night this week because the weather was so nice. But we watched the ice closely, sometimes losing more than an inch of ice per day. As we saw last night the air bubbles were already getting into the bottom ice - a sign that your days of ice fishing are very limited. We can't brag too much about the fish we caught, but the pike fishing on Muskallonge is still good and we were able to put a few nice walleyes on the ice over the winter. Unfortunately, we had a very difficult time finding perch this winter.
With the area breaking up as it is we thought we'd take some time and go check out how the Lake Superior shore is looking. The pictures show the ice bluffs are still holding in place, however we did see breaks in the bluffs which we interpret as 'they are about to disappear'. All we'll need is a good day of hard north or northwest winds to pound the remaining bluffs into little pieces.
Don't get excited about agate hunting yet. All the back trails and roads are still very much not passable. But, we are closer to that point, and much earlier this year than in several years past. We will make it a point to drop another Blog Report in a week or so letting you know when these trails open up.
It is sad how the erosion along the Superior Shoreline continues in our area. East and west from the State Park large amounts of shoreline have been lost and in some cases making the beach extremely difficult to walk.
As we cruised into the Park to take a look around I mentioned to Monica that with such nice weather it won't be long until the robins come back. Five minutes later we ran into two of them down by the boat ramp. Certainly a sure sign of spring.
Enjoy the spring weather. It won't be long until we are out raking the yard in only a sweatshirt.
Mike and Monica