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

    Our wonderful winter land has once again descended upon us here in the arrowhead of northern eastern Minnesota-Ely to be exact. Here we have the most beautiful summers and the most picturesque winters, though they are monochromatic-white, grey, and black. Although winter does not officially arrive until December 21st, we think the weather did not read the calendar. Having had our last snow of the season on April 18th with about 18 inches of snow, and then a cool summer with lots of rain, here are again in the depths of snow, and at the present time, with very cold temperatures!

    Moose Lake began to ice in around the middle of November, but now it has totally iced in and is covered with snow. The spots that can be seen in this picture are where water has pushed through the thin ice either because of the snow, which acts like a blanket to keep the ice "warm" or because of the snow's weight. Even though most of our snow is the light fluffy type, it still can push the ice deeper into the water and force the water up. We know, it is confusing. Anyway, at the present time, the ice is safe enough to walk on or for dog sleds and snow mobiles, but definitely not for ice houses, trucks, and cars.

    A phenomenon of this area, and perhaps yours as well, is hoar frost. Even as cold as it may get, which is often, and without much humidity, there is a frost that sometimes forms on the trees. The flakes are flat and oblong, but usually, because of breezes, it is usually blown off the trees by about the middle of the day.

    And then the snows of last week came! First, we had a wet snow followed by our usual very dry snow. We would almost dare anyone to make a snow ball, and snow people are usually totally out of the question.

    Along with the snow came winds. This picture shows a window at the lodge. We couldn't believe the size of the icicles and the depth of the snow. The storm that lasted about three days, ended up leaving about 18 inches-depending upon the spot where a measurement was taken. Given the winds, the amounts varied.

    After we were plowed out the second time, we took some pictures of the area. These beautiful pines were decked with glistening white snow.

    It seemed as we traveled up and down various roads that there was a vast array of absolutely magnificent spots deserving to have a picture taken. Decisions were difficult.

    It is interesting to note that even the vertical portions of rocks seem to acquire snow. Perhaps it is because the wind blows the snow down on them in order to keep them warm, or to accentuate the blackness of the rocks against the whiteness of the snow.

    As we have shown, winter is wonderful in the north woods, but so is summer. As it is the season of giving, you may want to consider giving your family a vacation in the north woods at Custom Cain Rentals. We would welcome all of you.

    Now, on a serious note. We would like to remind you applications to the lottery will be accepted as of December 17th, 9AM central time 2013 until January 14th, 2014 at 9PM central time. The drawing is scheduled for January 16th, 2014. You should have your results within a day or two of that. We will be sending out our "how to letter" shortly to those of you who have requested it.

    We would love to see all of our readers next summer but in the meantime, we hope each and every one of you has a very happy holiday and we wish the very best for all of you for 2014.

    Your crew at Custom Cabin Rentals

    Betsy Vosburgh
    Willy Vosburgh
    AJ Johnson
    Lori Boes

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

    www.CustomCabins.com