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    April 2013
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com

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    Surprise, the April letter is arriving early. Normally, we would be showing you pictures of some early flowers coming through the residual snow-NOT! Or, we might be showing you spring buds on the trees-NOT! And perhaps we might be showing you some grass beginning to turn green-NOT! In addition, we might be showing you the lake without snow, and the ice changing to its very dark color shortly before it was going out-NOT! Unfortunately we can't show you any of those things, but what we can show and talk about is the snow. Yes, it is the end of April and we all should be getting excited about fishing opener (May 11) and the coming of spring, but instead all we have is snow, snow, and more snow.

    While the early, mid and latter times of our snow season were scant with snow, it seems the snow is trying to make its average seasonal deadline. Perhaps it is like all of us when were in school trying to get all of our semester papers done ,which had been assigned at the beginning of the semester, and which we "saved" until the end of the semester to turn in. I think we may have referred to it as "crunch" time.

    Well, the snow seems to have decided it is its "crunch" time, and hence we have been collecting all of the seasonal snow at one time. Because the ground is still frozen, the snow will not be able to be absorbed to help alleviate the dry soil conditions. On the other hand, because it is above freezing during the day the melting snow will run into the rivers and lakes and help raise their levels.

    Duluth has received much more snow than we have because we are above the Laurentian Divide. It is like the Continental divide only this one runs east west. If storms are coming from the south to the north, they often cannot "climb" over the divide and we are spared.

    We tried to take some pictures of the storm before, during, and after to try to give you an idea of what happened when we received 15 inches of snow in less than 24 hours.

    First there is a picture of the residual snow with the sun shining behind the trees.

    Then the storm hit, the sun was blocked and there was no color, even with color adjustment for pictures.

    Our snow plow guy came the next day just to open the driveway and plowed as wide as his plow could reach so we could get in and out. One can see that the snow was almost as high as the lower roof of the garage.

     

    The next day, our plow guy came out to totally open the driveway. We had already swept the snow off the truck, but the car was still buried, and to date still is.

    In terms of fishing, because of the extended period of time we have had ice, the temperature of the water is well below where it should be this year. As a result, spawning will be later than usual. The DNR has the power to close areas where there is heavy spawning, but Moose Lake, the Moose Lake Chain, and parts of Basswood probably would not be involved. We would hope, however, that those catching fish full of eggs, would gently release them so they can go home and have babies.

    But because this is the north woods and the sun is moving to the north, we were able to capture this beautiful sunset which gives us all hope that spring and summer will soon arrive, and the fish will jump on our lines.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Custom Cabin Rentals
    14663 Vosburgh Rd.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731
    218-365-6947 or 1-800-235-6947

    www.CustomCabins.com