Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Friday, April 22, 2011
The trail into Ned's Lake,(in the Big Island Lake Wilderness Area) is about a mile north of our driveway. North of our drive, Kentucky Trail is a seasonal road, which is traversed by snowmobiles in the winter. It is always an interesting time to try the road for the first time in the spring. But with all wheel drive we had no problems. The road still has some packed drifts in spots, but we made it to the trail with no problems.
Blush Lake, where our home is, now is open water, and we have just patches of snow in the woods. Odd that just such a short distance North there was so much snow. The trail was covered with snow about a foot deep. It was crusted, and you could walk on top and only fall through now and again which kept things interesting, but the trail in is only about a quarter mile, and we were up for a hike.
We did not see any animal tracks, although there must be at least one porquipine nearby as we found his "calling card".
Primitive camping is available at a site near the lake, and this seems to be a popular choice for those who are not up for a long hike in and want trout.
Based on the condition of the snow, and the fact that Ned's Lake is small and well sheltered by the trees, we weren't totally surprised to see that it was still ice covered. I was surprised that it didn't appear to be breaking up at all.
The last Saturday in April is the opening day for trout, and Ned's Lake, as well as Twilight Lake, are stocked with trout by the DNRE. I think that even with the projected warm weather this next week, that ice might make it hard to fish!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Then it gets better:
So bright it looked like a fire....
And Finally this...
Hope you enjoyed it, we did!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Our lakefront (roughly the entire west side) is the only private frontage on 93 acre Blush Lake, and the only public access is by carrying in 1/4 mile through the woods-- about twice a year someone else will be on the lake. The lake is shallow, but does have fish, which we leave to the eagles and loons.
The four bedroom 3 1/2 bath home overlooks the lake, and is set in the woods, 1/4 mile off the road. We are spoiled. Having the Wilderness Area at our doorstep, literally, means we can go for a hike into the wilderness on a whim. We watch spectacular sun rises from the deck.
Under a true dark sky, the reflection of the moon and stars across the lake at night, and seeing so many stars it is hard to find the constellations, is amazing. I also love to have the lake to myself, and let my kayak be pushed by the wind, and listen to the only sounds--the wind and birds in the trees.
We are in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest, 1/2 hour south of Munising on Lake Superior (Grand Island, Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore), and 1/2 hour north of Manistique on Lake Michigan. We are about 1 1/2 hours from Marquette and Escanaba, and two hours from the Mackinac Bridge.
It is only because we bought Birch Lodge that we would consider selling this place. After consulting several realtors, we listed the property last summer at $650,000. We hoped for more, but have been disappointed in the market. Our price was dropped to $499,000, well below what we paid, and the listing has now expired. We are dropping the price again, to $450,000, a big loss for us, and will list it again this spring.
The Forest Service would like to buy the property, but lacks funding. We would love to have an agency purchase the property, about 32 acres, and sell the land as unimproved to the Forest Service, and sell a life lease to someone for the home. This has been done elsewhere, but given the state of the economy, most are lacking the funds.
We will re-list again this spring, and hope to find that special someone who will love it here as much as we do. If you would like to learn more please look at our home tour and our tour of Blush lake listed on the side bar. The real estate page will give you a google map location. We can be reached through birchlodge.com.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
A walk down the driveway morphed into a trip through a pristine gateway to the wilderness.
Even though I am not fool enough to believe that spring is here and that we will have no more snow. I know the season is waning, and my days of enjoying the fresh quiet snowy sunrise and the days of snow blanketing the trees is coming to a close. Yes, I do believe it is the end of winter....
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Last fall, we took one last paddle around the lake, and I took the video camera along. I pulled some still shots of the trip to post for you here. We started, obviously from our beach and headed north.
This area is a place where the eagles like to perch. We frequently will spot one here, as we did today.
This is an area where we often see otters munching on mussels, or playing on the logs.
We knew it was time to put in, and pull the kayaks up for the year. Hope you enjoyed our little tour!