Black's Cliff Blog "Resort Life" Blog Entries

Ice coming out, Ermine, Making Maple Syrup

Posted: Mar 11, 2024
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Excerpt: The lake has been slowly melting. I spotted our friend the ermine out my kitchen window by Kaubashine You can see the tip of its tail is starting to turn dark. Spring is one the way We have been collecting maple sap since early February. We are getting to the end of the season. We have our big cook... Read more

Who Needs An Auger?

Posted: Feb 26, 2024

Excerpt: Monday morning at the resort. Mike Grady one of our awesome guests and friend has come up to work on "his dock" at Eagles Nest. Mike loves coming back in the summer and seeing the projects he has helped with in action. Mike helped us last spring rebuild all the little boat docks at the beach. We appreciate his... Read more

Hike With A Hero

Posted: Feb 07, 2024

Excerpt: Steve invited one of his heroes to go for a walk in the woods with him. John Bates is well known regional actor and has been featured on public radio and tv in Wisconsin. He writes about the natural world and places in Wisconsin. He has written several guides on how to find and enjoy Wisconsin wild lakes, old... Read more

Weekend Fun

Posted: Jan 31, 2024

Excerpt: I had these great pics shared with me by the Duerst family from this past weekend Their kids had a great time at the lake enjoying the Northwoods and time with family 4 months from now it will be a kid sitting in the same spot in a swim suit. That is a smile of happiness on ice It... Read more

Welcome Moose!

Posted: Jan 29, 2024

Excerpt: We had a fun weekend with our youngest son, Grant and his fiancé Bex welcoming their new buddy, Moose. Bex decided to surprise Grant with Moose at the resort this weekend. They had been considering him for the past 2 weeks, Grant just did not know he would be welcoming him at our front door Saturday morning. Moose is... Read more

Why Leave Hazelhurst?

Posted: Jan 18, 2024

Excerpt: Oogie would like everyone to know it is cold out. Purl would not leave the house so it was a hike with Oogie this morning Our trails in the morning sunlight are stunning The views and varied terrain, I think we are beginning to be just as nice as many of the trails in the area. Who needs to... Read more

Raft Dwellers

Posted: Jan 13, 2024

Excerpt: We received some nice snow in the last 24 hours. Somewhere between 4 to 6 inches. What is on the table shows the depth of the snow in the area currently. Somewhere in the 6 - 8 inch range. That is enough to get the ski trails going and give a reason to use our snowshoes in the woods... Read more

Happy 2024

Posted: Jan 03, 2024

Excerpt: Oggie and Purl wanted to wish everyone a Happy 2024 and they can't wait to welcome everyone back in 2024. Oggi in the light snow this morning. Its been an adjustment not having snow at Christmas to New Years. We all still managed to have fun including the guests. We call it the winter of the Pivot. Pivoting to... Read more

Let's Have Some Fun!

Posted: Dec 20, 2023

Excerpt: As we have watched our snow come and go and come and go again and again this month, it has been a test of patience. We have decided it is time to embrace this back and forth and let everyone know there is plenty to do up north to enjoy with your family Ice skating is number one right... Read more

Making Lemonade When Given a Lemon

Posted: Dec 20, 2023

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Posted: Dec 18, 2023

Excerpt: Oogie would like everyone to know, we do not have a lot of snow but so happy some arrived last night. Christmas is not the same without snow in the Northwoods Birchwood is open for Christmas if anyone needs an escape the 23, 24 and 25th 2 night min We also have Bayview, Restawhile, Kaubashine, Red Pine and Bear... Read more

Looking A Little White

Posted: Dec 11, 2023

Excerpt: We left for a couple of days and came home to happily find the resort blanketed with a small layer of snow. It looks like Christmas outside and so much better than before we left when everything was brown. Before we left the snow had disappeared and the guys were happily splitting next summers fire pit wood. So nice... Read more

Monday, Monday

Posted: Oct 30, 2023

Excerpt: I know many feel like this on Mondays..... but it takes a picture like my next one to make Monday ok Loons at sunrise makes everything better. They have not left yet. Enjoying the fishing a little more before headed to the Gulf We had some light snow last night. It is definitely feeling like November Need some solitude... Read more


Posted: Oct 26, 2023

Excerpt: We have had technical difficulties for the past week and a half with my computer and my phone sharing pictures Bryon to the rescue removing a firewall on my computer that was preventing Air Drop from working. So enjoy this pic and more to follow. I have specials on our 2 bdrs going for the the first weekend in... Read more

Catching Up On Fall

Posted: Oct 03, 2023

Excerpt: Get ready for beautiful fall pics. We have had a busy week in the color The Wings kids stopped in to give us a plaque in appreciation for our support of their program for kids with special needs They bring by our fire starters we sell on our fireplaces. Love this program teaching kids life skills. Oogie and Purl... Read more

Iphone 14 Discovers Fall Color

Posted: Sep 25, 2023

Excerpt: Happy Fall! The colors are turning. Just in time for great color pictures, I dropped my iPhone 10 for the last hurrah of my screen. I had been limping it through the summer and had planned to replace it. After 7 great years it was time to retire the old phone. As anyone who has retired a phone knows... Read more

Falling Into Fall

Posted: Sep 10, 2023

Excerpt: The hot humid weather left and fall is in the air. Not a lot of leaf changes yet Storm blew through pushing the warm weather out and we lost one of our oak trees Headed to a fireplace soon Sari brought up some friends on vacation to release. Headed off to Mexico for the winter Grant works at a... Read more

Loons and More

Posted: Aug 29, 2023
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Excerpt: Will and Kim Flower shared these great pics of the loon parents and babies on the lake If all goes well they will be headed to the Gulf Of Mexico a month or so Purl soaking up the last days of summer at the beach. She loves her life. Where is Oogie? Stealing grill scrapers last we saw It is... Read more

Tree Trimming

Posted: Jul 24, 2023

Excerpt: I am glad Steve pays attention when we have lots of snow as to what trees are leaning over cabins or need trimming. Today it was Wigwam's turn to get some trimming around it. The tree guys arrived. Left over stuff was mulched into our trails by the office Dangling above Wigwam We did take this tree out due... Read more

Mid Summer Fun

Posted: Jul 14, 2023

Excerpt: Its been a cool week but lots going on. The loons are getting bigger. Happy to still see 2 of them on the lake Deer have been getting bigger as well. So thankful when folks share such nice pictures like these with me to share It started out as a warm week but a front came through with hail... Read more

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