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  • April-May 2012
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com


    Well, here we are late again-as usual, but trust us you have not been forgotten. We are trying to keep up our Face Book page for the very latest information, but in addition, we are doing the newsletters in order to offer you more information than Face Book allows. The newsletters are also available on our web site www.customcabins.com.

    So having said that, we are offering you the April and May newsletter. We had a very warm March which prompted all of the greenery to get a head start on the season. Trees and shrubs were at least a week or two ahead of themselves. For us, after a long winter, it was nice to see leaves arrive so early.

    We hope you remember with the last newsletter where we said it was great that the spring flowers did not have to fight to poke their heads up through the spring snows. Well, that ended up not being quite true. Yes, some of the early bloomers were up, but then we got about two inches of snow, and they did have to fight.

    This picture shows the view from out house where you can't even see the first island. You can keep up with our current weather by going to our web site at www.customcabins.com. There we have our web cam that takes a picture of the nearest island and surrounding area about every 30 seconds.

    After that snow, the flowers seemed to come into their own and heralded spring. Oh, yes, we have a winged cow that likes to graze in that flower bed along with her other winged friends.

    About two days after the snow had melted, we were weeding the same garden and heard the dogs barking a lot. It seemed as though Jack and Hart had treed a very large pine martin at the top of one of the trees near the water treatment plant.

    Like all of you, we needed to rake tons of leaves in order to let the new spring grass come up.

    In addition, we had to turn on and flush the wells. Each year we are required to test the water from the wells and have it tested by the state of Minnesota to be sure it is pure for you to drink.

    The trees are such fun to watch as they blossom in the spring. First there are the buds, which cannot be reflected in a picture, but then they bloom and show a magnificent contrast with their light yellow-green color against the much darker green color of the pine trees. We then know that spring has definitely arrived.

    As a rare occasion, we had a beautiful rainbow.

    The sunsets have definitely moved passed the narrows to the left of Custom Cabin Rentals (which during the spring happens at the spring solstice) and are working their way around to almost north. The reflection is not quite right for the perfect sunset because the sun was not quite high enough in the sky to totally reflect its perfect beauty. We will try to do better next month.

    Fishing opener was good, and our guests caught a lot of fish in the Boundary Waters. Most of our guests chose to do the catch and release routine, and unfortunately, they have not sent us any of their pictures. Stay tuned to our web site www.customcabins.com or our Face Book page.

    On a completely different note, Ely has received another award. You may remember that two years ago, Ely was voted "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel Magazine. Now, Reader's Digest has named Ely as "America's Most Interesting Town". The town will be mentioned in an upcoming issue of thee magazine. Last month, Outdoor Life Magazine" named Ely as one of America's "Best Towns for Sportsmen"-one of the best 35 places to live for those who love the outdoors.

    In the past several years, Ely has also been:

    • Named "The top hometown in Minnesota" (Minnesota Moments Magazine).
    • Named "One of the 10 best small towns for outdoor adventures" (Outside Magazine).
    • Rated as one of America's 10 best outdoor towns (internet site MSN).
    • Ranked 12th in the nation in a listing of the country's top 20 fishing towns (Field and Stream Magazine).
    • Recognized as a "hidden gem of the United States" (Real Simple Travel Magazine).

    Not too bad for a little town with the population of about 3500 located at the "end of the road" in northeastern Minnesota. Come on up and see what all we have to offer.

    Custom Cabin Rentals
    14663 Vosburgh Rd.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731
    218-365-6947 or 1-800-235-6947