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


    Winters in northeast Minnesota can be rough, and this one is no exception. As a matter of fact, the winter of 2013-2014 may be one of the roughest we have had in a long time. Several people in Ely have told us that this one reminds them of the winters in the "good old days". So far this season we have had 39 inches of snow, which is about 10 inches more than the last three years, and does not include the seven some inches we had last week. Who knows what the rest of the season will bring, but our seasonal average is about 85 inches.

    In addition to the snow, the temperatures have been unimaginably cold, especially when combined with wind chills. You probably heard that the Governor of Minnesota closed all of the schools in the state because the wind chills were so bad. Embarrass is a small town about 30 miles south of Ely, which often is in the national news in the winter because of almost boasting about having the lowest temperatures and or wind chills in the country. A dubious distinction!

    We have shown pictures of hoar frost before, but we haven't shown just how the frost looks up close. The hoar frost is more or less frozen dew that forms individual needle-like ice crystals. It is the condensation of water vapor to ice when temperatures are below freezing and when there is humidity in the air.

    You may remember that we took some sunset pictures of the fall equinox, and we mentioned that we would take another picture of the winter solstice when the sun is at its southern most point. The picture below shows the glow of the sun on snow packed Moose Lake, but actually the sun is much further south. The good thing about the solstice is that the sun will now start to make its way back north giving us more hours of daylight and hopefully, some more warmth.

    While we have talked about our abundance of snow and our very cold temperatures, that does not mean that we just sit inside, shiver, and wonder when spring will come. We often bundle up and go out and play. Because our rough rocky terrain, snow shoeing is quite popular and allows people to go off the beaten track.

    Every so often, more or less on a cyclical basis, usually in the winter, lynx come into the area to help keep nature in balance. When there are a lot of show shoe hare and grouse around, the lynx move in. This winter, we have been fortunate enough to have at least one that has been bold enough to show himself to people.


    While several of our neighbors have been able to see it (we have only seen foot prints), so far, only our neighbors Steve and Polly Voiles were not only fortunate to see the lynx, but also to get these pictures. Polly drove and Steve shot the pictures. The lynx was sitting on the Fernberg (our road to town) and possibly was waiting for his dinner to cross the road, or at least jump out of the bushes. You can see more lynx pictures as well as a lot of other beautiful flora and fauna pictures on Steve Voiles Facebook site.

    But enough of this winter conversation. With the sun on the rise, and spring around the corner, we can start to turn our thoughts to summer, warm temperatures, sunshine, relaxation, and fishing. This beautiful 9.9 pound 35.1 inch walleye was caught last summer in Basswood. Naturally, it was carefully released to go home and have more babies.

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