Thursday, November 23, 2017

This is a public service announcement for winter users of the Notman road.

As you may have noticed, the Notman road is being plowed. "Who plows it?", you might ask. Well, the answer is that Kathleen Kelly plows it on her own time and her own dime. So, you might want to throw a few shekels her way to help offset fuel and maintenance costs. Kathleen has made some bump outs. These are not parking spots, they are there to push extra snow into. If you bring in your own rig to plow your own parking spot, drop your blade on the way in and on the way out. Also, if you are coming in with your truck and trailer, you might want to call her at 705-892-5844 to make sure that she is not plowing. If she is going out with a 10 foot blade full of snow, she can't pull off the road for you. 

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We tried hard to make ice on the 20th.




Then on the 21st we had high winds and high temps to ruin all of those efforts. 



I packed down some trails before the melt and refreeze turned all into lumps and bumps.



This is the new trail from the ice road. If you can't tell where to go, maybe you shouldn't be riding.


The 22nd. More ice.




Squirrel diggin's. 


There he is chattering at me.


That afternoon we went around to Bedrock to check out the roads. We have a pretty well packed trail from the Brûlé Lake road to the A5 road.


We had a couple hours of sun at the end of the day.


This morning. Rivers of water in the ice.





 2 minutes ago. Snow flurries showing the ice. +5c tomorrow will probably ruin this too.





 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Robert


Last Thursday, the 16th, Environment Canada warned of a heavy snow fall on Saturday. This was confirmed by Frankie Mac Donald here.
So, as Frankie sez BE PREPARED!!!, we decided to take the boat and dock out on the 17th.

This is what we woke up to Friday morning. A light skim of ice in our bay.








We didn't take any pics of the actual boat/dock removal this year. Kat came over and gave us a hand. Everything went smoothly except for the time the quad slid down the hill and mated with the boat trailer.

Saturday morning. See? We didn't wait until the last minute.







Looks like somebody drove their snow machine on the bypass. 


The on ramp isn't open for traffic, yet.


The quads are sleeping. The skid-doo-bee-doo is ready if we need it.


No ice road yet.


Our sleds are in the garage.


 The morning of the 20th.












I looked up from doing this post just in time to see a deer swimming across our bay.




Here is a very shaky video of the deer. I was out in my sock feet, and I had trouble seeing in the view finder thru the snow flurry. The things I do for you. The deer struggled to get out of the lake thru ice and slippery rocks, but she did make it. Click.