Tuscarora Lodge and Outfitters News
If you haven’t heard already, there is a lot of snow up in the Northwoods this year. Tons and tons of it – literally. While beautiful and fun it presents logistical nightmares for those who must keep roads clear and roofs standing. Tuscarora’s numerous cabins and buildings adds up to a lot of roof surface area to worry about. As the inches pile up on the shingles, blood pressures rise as well. Shoveling all those roofs is a lot of hard work but if you don’t do it, the risk a roof that was built sometime in the 1940′s coming down increases with each snowfall.
We have been fortunate this winter to have a collection of longtime Tuscarora friends join us this winter and pitch in with the shoveling. Thanks everyone!
There are some benefits from shoveling roofs. The view is amazing. It is extremely satisfying to break off a huge chunk of snow just right so it slides off with a whump. And that huge blank surface of snow is great for making snow angels or should I say roof angels, which is exactly what all those helps are.
The roofs are safe now from impending collapse which is a great load off the mind (bad pun intended). All that snow that was on the roofs, is now on the ground in huge heavy piles. This is not a complaint by any means, just an observation – I can’t see out my office window anymore…
I wish there was a way to take a picture of the wind to share with you. You just can’t quite feel the biting way it takes your breath away with a picture. It has been ferocious ever since the snow stopped falling yesterday afternoon. All that fresh powder is being whipped around horizontally (and vertically, and in circles). It ends up piling up in inconvenient places like Cool Whip. Super heavy Cool Whip that only the pup eats.
Our little beach area is the worst. The wind gets started on the far side of the lake and howls its way down the lake scraping up all the snow off the ice and delivering it to Tuscarora. The plow piles and boat house turn the parking lot into a wind tunnel. The ground is scoured clean down to the gravel in the middle. To the sides the snow drifts into dunes worthy of the Sahara.
Cabin 2 with it’s beautiful lake view gets a face full of snow this time of year. The drifts are as tall as the front steps. Behind it there is a pile as tall as the roof way back there in the woods.
It is hard to tell that there are canoes out in the canoe yard, but they are there. And the view from the outfitting office is, well, frosted with whipped cream.