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March 2017


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March 10th
Sigh.......
March 11th   A light exists in Spring
Not present in the year
At any other period
When March is scarcely here.

-- Sweet Emily (circa 1864)
March 12th   I'm back! I'm back!

I have received a few unsolicited ice out estimates, so I guess the game is afoot!!!!!! I'll give you the current ice thickness and a picture or two within the next couple of days, but I'm not so sure that information like that is relevant. I believe that the weather (especially the temperature, wind, and rain) around the time the ice is ready to go out is more important than the current conditions, and who can predict that?!?!?! If you like, please send me your entries.

PS to Erin H:   I still owe you a lunch from last year, and I'd really like to take you out to lunch the next time you get up here.

PS to Joyce W:   I still owe you a lunch from the year before last, and I'd really like to take you out to lunch when you get back from your winter in the sun.
March 13th   Okay, here's the deal with the ice:   It's 19 inches thick at the moment, which is a tad below average for mid-March. But as I said yesterday, I'm not sure how relevant that is. If you want to see the history, click HERE. And if any of you guys who have already send in your pick want to change it, let me know.
March 14th   If you look back at the July 10th Chronicles entry for last summer, you would see that the dead Cedar in front of my house was blown down by the wind on that day. Today it was finally removed, which is a much easier job on the ice than in the water. Click HERE.
The Ides  
of March  
19 inches thick and rock solid! When will it be all liquid again? What's your guess? Click HERE.

As usual, don't forget to have the traditional Bloody Caesar in honor of the day.
March 16th The famous words uttered by St. Urho:   Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene hiiteen!

There seems to be some confusion over when St. Urho's day really is. Some say it's today. Some say it's the Saturday nearest to St Patrick's Day. I'm celebrating it today so Happy St. Urho's Day to one and all!

Note added later:   Colleen C. just pointed out that a Grasshopper (Heinäsirkka) would be an appropriate drink to celebrate the day. Good thinking Colleen! If I had the cream (or ice cream) I'd make one.
St. Patty's Day   As usual on this day:   Happy Birthday Ter.......and Éire go Brách!!!!!

Obviously today's celebratory drink should be a full shot of your favorite Irish Whiskey, right Colleen?
March 18th 25 years ago yesterday I had never even thought about owning a resort. 25 years ago today a light bulb came on, and I decided that's what I was going to do. It was that sudden!
March 19th There aren't many entries in the annual ice-out contest this year. If you're interested, send me your guess. The deadline is a week from today (March 26th).
The Vernal  
Equinox  
I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing robin, sing:
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.
-- Christina Rossetti (circa 1850)

Spring showed up about 5:30 this morning, astronomically for sure and sort of meteorologically (but that wont last).
March 21st If you're still thinking about your ice-out estimate (guess), for what's it's worth here are the ice thicknesses at aproximately this date for the last few years:

This year: 19 inches
2016: 16 inches
2015: 22 inches
2014: 24 inches
2013: 27 inches

As mentioned above, other historical data concerning the ice is HERE.
March 22nd What made these, do you think? Click HERE.
March 23rd We'll probably get more snow yet this spring, but for now the snow in the woods is basically GONE!!! Click HERE.
March 24th The snow in the woods may be gone (see yesterday's entry), but many yards still have snow on them. Click HERE.
March 25th Click HERE.
March 26th It's certainly time to start thinking about getting the rakers over here. Click HERE.
March 27th This is the annual "the docks are finally off the ice" picture. And again this year, thanks for the help Dave!!!! Click HERE.
March 28th There are very few "ice-out" guesses so far. You have until April Fools' Day to get your guesses in.
March 29th His name was Doug, but we called him Black Bart. Back in our freshman year at Michigan State (1968/1969) he and I lived on the same floor of the same dormatory. Every single day he wore nothing but black, ie, black shoes, black socks, black pants, black t-shirts, black outer shirts, black jackets, and a black coat. I even suspect that he wore black underwear but I have no direct evidence for that. Though he was asked more than a few times, he never explained why he only wore black. Johnny Cash, who was known as the "Man in Black" even before that time, would wear a white shirt on occasion.......but not Black Bart. I doubt that it was due to an affinity for Johnny Cash because I don't recall Johnny ever being mentioned. As far as we could tell, Black Bart was a completely normal college freshman other than for the color of his clothes. I don't recall seeing him after that first year, and I wonder what ever happened to him.
March 30th Cabin 4 is now up and running and will be Spring cleaned on Saturday. Right Tara and Cindy?
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