Monday, October 21, 2013
This year, it wasn't until May 18th before the ice departed from Poplar Lake. In 2012 the lake ice was gone by March 28th. It was probably to much to expect that the first signs of winter would be late this year to offset for our late thaw.
The temperatures today are holding below freezing and there is a light dusting of snow that will still be around when we get up tomorrow morning. Since we have been here at Rockwood Lodge the average date for Poplar Lake to ice over has been November 18th. We're really wishing for an ice free Thanksgiving and a white Christmas.
|October 20th, 2013|
I still have to get the outboard motors ready for winter storage and to haul the canoes that are being replaced to a buyer in Ely. Replacing the shower valves in the Bunkhouse, moving the internet satellite dish up the house, fixing a couple of picnic tables, attending a safe driver course and getting one of the cabin canoes welded are just a few of the items on my agenda for this week. We should probably pay some bills -- but finding and organizing my tackle for the upcoming December 29th opening for Lake Trout fishing may take preference.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Putting the lines and cable underground has been a slow process. It has taken nearly a month to go from far end of Poplar Lake to our Lodge. We have already had three days without phone service as a result of cut phone lines. As the installation crew moves past the South Lake Trailhead shown in this picture we will have two branch phone lines to our Lodge and house that will likely have to be relocated.
The weather service has predicted overnight lows in the upper 20s twice this month. So far we have been lucky and have not actually experienced frozen any waterlines. I've already insulated the exposed sections of waterlines and the exposed valves. I have also drained the water from the Outfitting building. On the really cold nights Poplar Lake gives up heat and is keeping the temperatures along the lakefront from dropping below freezing. The fog you can see in this picture looking into the bay behind the Outfitting building is acting as a blanket keeping us warm.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
After a late "ice out" at Poplar Lake we have been blessed or maybe cursed with a really weird summer. Early on we had daytime temperatures in the upper 80s. Now when we should be experienceing our warmest weather we are having nighttime temperatures in the low 40s. While the cooler weather is great for sleeping the water hasn't been very warm for swimming.