It has stopped raining, but the streams are still flowing into the Whiteface faster than the river can take it away. On Friday we wanted to spend some more time at the cabin, but were there only long enough to drop off some stuff and pick up a few things. The lake level is higher as shown here
The access road to the point is officially closed to protect a small wooden bridge and water is flowing across the road. The fire hydrant (in the shady area on the right) is just off to the side of a bypass road that is under water:
Here is the bridge that we need to take the motorhome across in a few weeks:
I hope the water is down by the time we need to use it.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
It has been raining a lot here in northern
the past week, so the ground has been pretty well saturated. We were in Minnesota
for the day last Tuesday and left to return to the cabin at about .
The sky looked really black and the evening weather program showed radar
images where the storm cells were NOT moving.
It rained all night and into the morning. Many weather records were broken before the
skies cleared. We didn’t get as much
rain as they did back in Duluth but
here is an indicator: Duluth
Here is a typical view of our beach and dock:
And here is a similar view, taken Thursday morning:How much water does it take to raise the surface by about 4 feet?
Wednesday many roads in and around
were closed due to washouts and debris.
Thursday we came back to town and saw a lot of damage. More information can be found at the local newspaper: Duluth
Joyce had a little setback this week. On Monday night she took a tumble at home. By Tuesday morning she was bruised and in pain so went to the hospital by ambulance. We met her there and stayed with her at the hospital while she had multiple X-rays and exams. Bottom line: she didn’t break anything (sigh of relief!) but will be using the walker again until the soreness subsides. She came home today and we’ll get her settled in before we return to the cabin tomorrow.
Friday, June 15, 2012
And what a lot of fun (work) we’ve had!
We should explain our lack of recent blogs. Most of our family-followers already know this, but maybe not our non-family readers. We have been spending most of our springtime at the family cabin, north of
. It is peaceful and quiet here most of the
time. It is a good way to get “away from
it all”, but this also means being away from cell towers. We post blogs quite often when traveling, but
we usually have a good cell signal on the road and we have been using our own
Mi-Fi system for almost a year. The
trouble is that our cabin is located in one of Verizon’s few “can’t hear
us now” zones. Their towers are at least
20 air-miles away: south – ½ way to Duluth ,
or NW on the Duluth . As a result, we are in a hole in their
coverage, and well behind our usual blog reading as well as blog writing. Iron Range
Some things we have completed:- got the dock into the lake
- stained a new window frame (with many more left to do)
- painted the sauna and garage
- trimmed some branches
- did a little electrical work and
- mowed the grass (after we obtained a replacement lawn mower).
All of this has taken place between rainstorms. Although this area had a mild winter and early spring, and the lake's level was very low when we arrived, we have had a lot of rain, seems like about 3 days per week. The lake has come up, to about its highest level ever, about 2 weeks ago, but is now back down to a near normal level.
For Memorial Day weekend we had both sons and all 4 granddaughters here with us. Since then, we also had a whirlwind trip to
early in June. We attended a couple of
family gatherings on that trip: a dinner and a couple of graduations. It was Paige’s mother’s first trip to Minneapolis
since Easter of 2011. Joyce was
concerned about whether she could navigate well enough with her cane but she
did great. She was glad that she made
the trip! She met her
Great-Granddaughter, Leah, for the first time; here are all 4 generations: Minneapolis
We were also able to attend Valentina’s graduation ceremony from middle school. She’s now a full-fledged high schooler!!
On Friday, we will return to