THE LAST RESORT





A Continuation of the 20+ Years of
LBLR CHRONICLES
September 2020


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The Calends  
of September  
The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (circa 1850)

The look of the landscape at the moment is fairly similar to the look of August 1st or July 1st.......but this month will bring some drastic changes. The landscape, come October 1st, will look MUCH different than it does today, up north at least.
September 2nd   By the way, the two entries from late last month (August 27th and 28th) concerning Eagles, Loons, and an Osprey, have been combined to make a single entry in "Stories, Poems, & Anecdotes from the Northland. It's titled "Two Frustrated Eagles", and it's HERE.
September 3rd   In the year 1752 in the American Colonies and in Britain, today's date did not exist. Click HERE.
In the year 2010 in the LBLR Chronicles, today's date did not exist either. Click HERE.
September 4th   This space intentionally left blank.
The Nones  
of September  
This is tonight's version of our "every other week" family on-line Happy Hour. Everyone ennjoyed it, in spite of the fact that every single person in this picture looks like they would much rather be doing something else. Actually, at that moment we were all very intently listening to my son-in-law Jeff (lower right corner). The green outline around his box indicates that he's talking. Click HERE.
September 6th     • • •
Labor Day   THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

Entry for Labor Day, 1999 (21 years ago):
Thanks to Tracie, Jeff, and all the members of the Traverski Ski Club (from Rochester) for filling the resort this weekend. A great time was had by all!!!!!! Note to Traverski members:   If someone would send me the group picture you took, I'd show it here.

Entry for Labor Day, 2001 (19 years ago):
Guess what??? Tracie, Jeff, and 24 members of Traverski Ski Club from Rochester filled the resort this weekend (as usual) but something was different this year. They actually sent me a picture of their group. It's a little fuzzy but it's a nice picture. Click HERE to see it.

Entry for September 2, 2014 (6 years ago):
The long weekend that just ended was a nice Labor Day weekend. My daughter Twacie and family were here, and my granddaughters and a couple of their Rochester friends spent the weekend in cabin 3 with NO adults. Kelly, Janet, and Karen (sisters from the Cities and Cohasset) and families spent the weekend in cabins 5 and 6. AND Deb was here too, and she's still here and will be until Friday.

Note added today:   Those three past entries describe two different eras in LBLR Labor Day Weekend history. The first two are representative of several consecutive Labor Day Weekends back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when my daughter, son-in-law, and their Rochester ski club literally took over LBLR. The third entry is reprentative of most of the Labor Day Weekends of the years between 2005 and 2015 when the resort was mostly filled with my kids, grandkids, other relatives, and sometimes even their friends. Both eras were fun and memorable, but alas, both eras are over. As I keep saying: Things sure have changed.
September 8th   Sometime during the past week the hummingbirds frequenting the LBLR feeder would leave the area, and oddly enough, they seemed to disappear all at once. One day the feeder would be busy, and the next day there wouldn't be a hummer in sight. Down here the feeder is still very busy, probably due to travelers from the Northland, and they're stoking up for their trip down south; none of them are slim like they were all summer. I'm anxious to see if they leave here en masse, as they seemed to Up North, and if so, when that will be.
September 9th   It's dark, windy, rainy and cooo-ooold. Is "Summer" over, do you suppose? Fireplace weather is here again , but alas, I don't have a "real" fireplace anymore . Sigh.......
September 10th   Another sign that Autumn is near:   Baby it's cold outside!!!!   That is a sign of the coming of Autumn now of course, but not always. For instance, sitting around a campfire while wearing a heavy coat, is not unheard of in the Northland........even in July.
September 11th   Do you think that there are other intelligent civilizations somewhere in the universe? And if so, do you think they have ray guns??????
September 12th  
and 13th  
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September 14th   In the afternoon of June 20, 1992, my very first LBLR customers arrived. After I introduced myself to the Mom and Dad, a little girl got out of the back seat, walked up to me, and asked "Are you the new owner"? "Yes", I relied. Then she said "You've got the raft in the wrong place". So I apologized, asked her where it was supposed to be, and then moved it. What else could I do?
September 15th   As usual at this time of the year (and for whatever it's worth), here is a summary of the Farmer's Almanac weather prediction for this area in the coming winter:   Temperatures and precipitation will be above normal, while snowfall will be above normal in the east and below normal in the west. [Grand Rapids is slightly to the west of the center of our area.] The coldest periods will be in early to mid- and late December, late January, and late February. The snowiest periods will be in late December, early and late January, late February, and early March.

So in short, it looks like a warm and snowy winter awaits us. Of course that information, along with ten Krone, will get you a hunk of cheese in Denmark.
September 16th   The word for the day is SANGUINE*.   SAN-GUINE.

* Sanguine:   Confidently optimistic and cheerful.
September 17th   And yet another sign that Fall is just around the corner:   This morning a flock of warblers moved through the area on their way down south, but I didn't get a good enough look at them to be sure which type they were.
September 18th   As mentioned above (see the September 8th entry), although my records aren't what you'd call detailed, it seemed that the last days of August were the last days for Hummingbirds at LBLR. On or about September 1st, the vast majority of them were gone, almost all at once. The same thing seems to have happened down here, only a bit later; the last day that the feeder was teeming was activity was the day before yesterday, September 16th. Yesterday there were very, very few, and today there are none. They're gone! It would appear that we're about two weeks behind LBLR, from a Hummingbird point of view anyway.
September 19th     • • •
September 20th   THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

Entry for September 20, 2006 (14 years ago today):
If you ever catch two fish, a big one and a little one, and put the little one on the bottom of the stringer and the big one directly above it, it's possible for the little one to be pulled through the gill of the big one and out its mouth, thus putting the big one into the category of unintentional "catch and release". Unfortuately that happened to one of Bob F's fish this afternoon when I took the stringer off the dock to clean them for him. And believe me, having to tell a customer that you have just lost his biggest catch of the last two weeks is not a pleasant task.

Note added today:   Even though it was 14 years ago, I remember that day well. It was near the end of Bob and Jo's two week stay at LBLR, and even though the fishing was poor most of that time, he had just caught a 6+ pound Northern that he wanted gutted and scaled so he could cook it whole on the grill for supper that evening. When we arrived at the dock, he went to his cabin to mix us a drink (as was our usual "after fishing" routine), and I told him that I'd clean his fish and be back in a few minutes. But as I pulled the stringer out of the lake, the big fish fell off (in the manner described above), bounced on the dock, and then slid into the water. It was still a little dazed from being on the stringer, so it hovered in the water for bit. I quickly got down on the my stomach to get it, but as I made a grab for it, it suddenly came to life, swished it's tail, and headed for deep water. It was gone! When I nervously told Bob that I lost his fish, his eyes opened up wide, he looked angry, and he said "what???" But then he started to laugh.......and he laughed even more when I explained how it happened. So all was well in spite of the lost fish and two weeks of relatively poor fishing. To see Bob and Jo posing with some fish three years after that happened, click HERE (that's a nice walleye, isn't it?).
September 21st   Dave B is back at LBLR again. He sent me this yesterday, click HERE. It's Business as Usual apparently.
Autumnal  
Equinox  
Where are the songs of Spring?
Ay, where are they?
Think not of them,
Autumn has her music too.
                      -- John Keats (circa 1820)

Ah yes, Fall arrived at 8:30 this morning. Happy Autumn to one and all.......and enjoy her music!
September 23rd   Hey Lilli.......Happy Birthday. She's in North Carolina, by the way. The last time I wished her a Happy Birthday in these Chronicles, she was 7 years old; now she's a teenager.
September 24th   Number 48 of the "100 reasons why it's nice to be a male":   Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
September 25th   Today is the average first frost date at LBLR; can anyone up in that neck of the woods tell me if it has happened yet? Down here, 200 miles to the south, it's not scheduled for three weeks yet.
September 26th   At 9:00 PM last night we were still sitting out on the patio. The temperature was comfortable, but the nice thing about it was that there were NO bugs. No mosquitoes, no moths, no bugs to speak of at all. Amazing! I know that it's Autumn, and in Autumn bugs die by the truck loads. But it's EARLY Autumn, and I don't remember bugs dying by the truck loads this early. Was last tonight a fluke? Maybe I don't pay enough attention to bugs in the Autumn. We'll see what the next few nights bring.
September 27th   I just noticed a major change to the Minnesota Fishing Regulations for Northerns. The state is now divided into 3 zones; the largest one being the North Central Zone which includes the Grand Rapids area. In that zone the Northern Pike limit is now 10 (up until this year it was 3) but no more than two over 26 inches, and all Northerns from 24 inches to 26 inches must be immediately released. It also appears that the large number of lakes that had their own special regulations are now basically gone. That's quite a change, eh?
September 28th   Today is a "pass".......but there will be further entries as events warrant.
September 29th   Autumn in the Cities (at Deb's house), click HERE.
September 30th   Good-bye September; hello October!!!!

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