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    April 2014
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com


    Spring should have arrived a month ago in the North Woods of Ely, MN, near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, however, it didn't. It has been cold and snowy. To date we have had some 96 inches of the white stuff.


    The deer are out, but because everything is brown and they have not yet turned to their beautiful rust color, they totally blend into their surroundings. Even when they cross the roads, they are difficult to see.

    We often show pictures from the house/lodge toward the lake, but we don't think we have ever shown a relatively close up picture of the lake side of the house. A friend of ours was skiing on the lake in March and snapped this picture of the house from the end of the first island that you see from our web cam. We will try to duplicate the picture giving a summer view.

    As we have said, April brought us a lot more snow than we already had. While we do get a lot of snow from late November on, that snow is generally very dry. It is the spring snows that help add a lot of moisture to the ground and help raise the levels of the lake. The picture we are showing could have been taken on any of a number of days during the month. As a matter of fact, we deleted many "snow" pictures but kept the one we felt best represented our "spring snow" taken toward the end of April and represented our questionable entrance into spring.

    Willy is working on various flying licenses and captured this picture over a lake in Siren, WI. One can see how the ice was breaking up in semi sections. Moose and surrounding lakes do the same thing, but it looks entirely different from the air.


    A friend who is associated with wild animal rescue was called out to help a bob cat that a family, well west of Ely had seen hanging around their house. They had noticed that there was a wire hanging from its neck. She went out, set a care trap and captured the cat. She took it to a veterinarian trained to work with wild animals, where the bob cat was sedated and the wire, which turned out to be a snare was removed. Apparently, the wire had been there for a long time and the skin was beginning to heal around it. The major problem, was that because it was so tight the cat couldn't swallow the large amounts of food that it needed to survive. The vets, obviously, cut the snare wire, gave it antibiotics, copious amounts of food, and about three days later, released it in the area where it was found. The people who had originally spotted it, have reported that the cat is still hanging around, looking healthy, and that all is well. Generally speaking, these animals are nomadic and will move on when they have lessened the population of our snow shoed hares and grouse. They are not aggressive toward humans.

    While this picture was taken at the beginning of April, one can see that the glow of the setting sun had already begun its trek to the north. Still as far as sunsets go, the best is yet to come, and we will try our best to capture the "perfect" one this summer.

    We look forward to seeing all of you this summer. Oh, yes, ice out was Sunday May 11th. Only one day after fishing opener.

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