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  • January 2011
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com


    It is definitely winter in the northland. This has been one of the prettiest winters we have seen in a long time. "Ice-in" occurred in December, which is normal. Then, still in December, we had our "January thaw" when we had a little warm weather and it actually rained. Well, actually, it could have been freezing rain. Anyway, all of the trees were wet when the temperature dropped and it began to snow, and hence the snow stuck to all of the trees deciduous or conifers. Because the temperatures have remained quite low, all of the snow has continued to stay on the tress creating absolutely beautiful vistas. Unfortunately, the trees may be a bit "stressed" because of all of the snow on their branches forcing them to hang low. As is said, a picture is worth a thousand words, and, therefore, we would like to offer you some of the beautiful scenes we see every day.

    The sun has again begun to climb higher in the sky and seeing it shine from behind the trees offers a great sight.


    Because of the rain and then the snow all of the trees are totally laden with snow.

    As the sun climbs higher in the sky and actually produces some heat (relatively speaking) some of the snow to begins to melt from roofs and creates interesting ice cycles.

    As we drive down the road, the beauty seems to keep going and going. Because of the snow that has been pushed off the road on to the shoulders, it appears as though there are "bumper boards" on either side of the road.

    We are often asked about ice fishing on our lake, Moose. Very few people fish our lake in the winter for a couple of different reasons. First of all, at this time of year most of the fisher people want to catch trout, or possibly Northern Pike. This lake is not plowed and does not accommodate people who want to drive out on the lake to fish. In addition, it is a long way to walk across the lake to find the reefs.

    Now as for the coveted trout... This fish likes water temperatures at about fifty degrees. Believe it or not, the water temperature about seven or eight feet below the bottom layer of ice is about fifty degrees, and therefore, the fish are happy campers.

    Unfortunately, this year, because of our "melt down" in December, the lakes had icy snow above the ice which formed a honey comb. Then, as we said, there is another layer of ice above the initial layer. But when walking, snow shoeing, skiing, dog sledding, driving, etc. the upper levels give way and you get your feet wet. The "slush" this year is about one foot deep, which is definitely enough to cause one to have nippy toes.

    We took a picture from part of the way down the hill toward cabin #2 to try to show how much snow had been plowed off of the road. We were afraid to drive down too far for fear we would not be able to get back up the hill. Our truck does not have a plow.

    Our last picture is of our sign at the beginning of our driveway-right off of Moose Lake Road. You can see the sign for our road on the left side of the picture and on the right side of the picture in front of the power line pole is our Custom Cabins sign buried beneath all of the snow which is over six feet deep.

    So enjoy the rest of the winter, and we hope to see you in the spring and summer after the snow has melted, the lake has thawed, and the trees are green.

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