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Winter 2007-2008 Recap

The Winter of 2007-2008 was a winter of Winters Past, meaning that after some weird winters the past few years, this was a normal winter.  Snow came early around the 1st of December and our last ski was the 1st of May which was an all time first.   We had no thaws or rains to mess things up and while we didn’t have a ton of snow, it was a super season thanks to cold temps.   We always close the middle of March and after we closed the snow gods really let loose and we had almost more snow in April than we had all winter.   The last week end in April we received a 20 inch dump and it was so deep and heavy that the local staff could not get in to work.   Our chef Debbie had to come by snowmobile as we had a ladies retreat here and they all arrived on Friday early before the snow hit on Friday night and the rest of the week end was no travel in and out to Maplelag.  But the snow started to melt rather fast at the end and Jay had the last ski on May 1, a new record at Maplelag.    It was a good season and hopefully the coming one will continue in the same mode

We had two great winter staff members that were here on the J-1 visa program for students from other countries.  They are allowed to come for up to four months and be part of the US work force.  We had Pedro from Brasil and Daniel from Peru and both of these students did an outstanding job.   Working mostly in the rental shop as well as keeping the sauna going, they were a great addition to the regular Maplelag staff.   This coming 2008-2009 winter we have two students lined up to come from Brasil and there might  be a third.   Over the years now we have had close to 160 students come and work at Maplelag and it has been a fantastic experience for all concerned.

Buried in snow around the cabins at Maplelag after late April snow storm dumped nearly 2 feet of snow.
Buried in snow around the cabins at Maplelag after late April snow storm dumped nearly 2 feet of snow.

A Walk Through the Woods

I *LOVE* this time of the year! (That would be Fall.)

I haven’t written for so long, rather than try to tell you what has been

happening the past few years I thought that I would just write about today. (No more grandchildren…more about them another time… or that would have been first, of course!)

But as for today, it was a perfect day for a walk in the woods-sunny, calm and about 60 degrees. I started out on Lucky’s Loype trail and then cut over to the single track. (I don’t know how anyone on a mountain bike can negotiate the drop to the lake without going head over handlebars!) My counterbalancing, two step to the point to where I just shuffle/run down and pray I’ll land at the bottom in an upright position is probably a bit Charlie Chaplinesque. (Spell check suggested “noncompliance” but, you get the picture.)

Anyway, to borrow an oft used description, the woods were intoxicating! The fall colors are peaking..Maples in stages of gold, orange and red and the Red Oaks red/green leaves to darker hues which look almost leathery. Those two varieties are my favorite But, you need the yellows, greens and other colors to complete the beautiful palate.

Many leaves have fallen and the trails are covered so, after the visual feast, comes the sound of the crunching underfoot. Then the sounds of the birds, migrating geese and the barking and bounding of the dogs as they’re off on another chase. Before long I am picking leaves to bring back to the lodge to use as the base of garnishes for the serving platters in the dining room. (A couple of contrasting leaves, a sprig of fresh rosemary wrapped with a curl of birch bark and then a few small mums, or tiny pine cones or even dried cranberries and the garnish is ready for a platter fit for a wedding reception. We have two more weddings this fall so I can use my talents as the resident kitchen “fooh-fooh” lady and leave the cooking and baking to our talented staff.)

Well, back to the woods! Once I stop to hunt and gather I am struck by the “peace and quiet” as I hear the wind moving through the trees. It is amazing how you can hear it moving toward you and then feel the gentle breeze and then hear it pass on. This time of year we often have windy days so a walk on a relatively calm, sunny day in the woods is to be treasured. For a visual, go to the “Trails section on our web-site. Jay is an “artist” with his camera! Be sure to check out some of the photos of the funky fungus that look like white coral.)

O.K., I’m almost home…or so I thought! I am usually so intent looking for “treasures” to photograph myself, that I lose my sense of direction which is marginal, at best. As long as I have lived here, I still can get lost in our woods. I thought that the opening of light through the trees would lead me home but before I knew it, I was looking out at a vista of Bullhead Lake…. the opposite direction! A couple of trail signs up ahead pointed me in the right direction and soon I was home, relishing my “walker’s high”.

If you live close by, I strongly encourage you to come and experience the trails of Maplelag for yourself. Call ahead and maybe I could even go with you. You can lead the way!!

I took this photo near Rootin Tootin ski trail during one of my walks through the woods.
I took this photo near Rootin Tootin ski trail during one of my walks through the woods.

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Busy with Boys

Greetings! I am not embracing this “world wide web stuff” but to stay “in the loop” with the rest of the world, including our boys and Jay, I will try………..
Summer went very quickly and when asked “How was your summer?” I tend to reply, “Great, only one trip to the ER, this summer.” (Jens “hooked” his back, fishing off the dock) Which I think sums it up, as we have four VERY active boys. So long, naptime (in case you have read my previous articles from our newsletter).
This fall was a huge change for me, all of the boys are in school. So, for the first time in 15 years 3 months, I have no one at home but Jay! I haven’t sat around once to ponder, what will I do now? But, I do miss them all terribly and honestly it was harder taking Jake to the high school than it was to leave Jens with the kindergarten teacher.
The store is full of new merchandise, I will re-stock it again for winter and I have some custom jewelry pieces on the way. I have my list of suggestions from last winter, I will do my best to accommodate. We had our “favorite” pumpkin lady, Virgie Ziegler, deliver all of the beautiful harvest decorations two weeks ago and now you will find all of the varieties scattered through out Maplelag, inside and out! The fall season is going quickly, with two more weddings, the pumpkin run and other retreats, the snow months will be here before we know it………think snow and come visit us again soon! Jonell

Busy with the boys!!
Busy with the boys!!

Fall Happenings

It has been a beatiful Fall at Maplelag….here is one of the many photos taken this Fall. The past few days the camera has been taking a lot of pictures as it has been beautiful in the woods. Hard to believe it is October already but soon the leaves will be down and the first few flakes of snow will be falling. Can hardly wait!! BTW, the person in the photo is Bruce Adelsman who is responsible for “creating” the new website. The new website makes it easier for us to update and we hope to have more information available and lots of pictures. Please feel free to leave comments or e-mail if you have any questions.

Bruce checking out the Pumpkin Run trail.
Bruce checking out the Pumpkin Run trail.

Nap Time

Nap time: my definition: a child resting for a period of time during the mid-day hours, giving he/she (of course, only he’s at our home) some time to “recharge” the battery, if you will. While Mother’s simply watch soap operas, have a bubble bath, needlepoint or read magazine articles on “How to manage children and schedules of this generation” to recharge our batteries. I don’t remember doing this?!? Where did the time go? There is very little “naptime” going on at our home these days, Jake is 13, Jon is 9, Jack is 7, and Jens will be 4 this December. They are great boys and I truly delight in being their mother and a wife to Jay. Life could not be better.

Jens and Jonell, February 2006
Jens and Jonell, February 2006

Maplelag has been a busy place and we are wrapped up in the midst of it all. The boys have their areas in which they like to help and their talents are able to shine. The store is an outlet for me to design and display, I enjoy this very much. Each year, I do new things which keeps our guests as well as our family outfitted in new attire. I am currently working on the 2007 mug, I wait until I am hit with a lighting idea and run to the company with it to see if my thoughts are do-able. Sometimes they tell me, “can’t do that” but do their best to get me what I envisioned. The mug is different each year therefore proving that Maplelag is not “cookie cutter”. The Maplelag store carries, chapstick-on-a-rope for the skier, thermal mugs, and bumper stickers. We also have local harvested honey, maple syrup and coffee by Muskrat Coffee. I also have some jewelry made by local artists, guests of Maplelag, and even a kitchen staff gal, each piece is a one-of-a-kind. And now, for the drum roll……………………Yes, it is true, this holiday season we will have our first Maplelag cookbook for all to enjoy!! It has been a long time in the making but we hope you think it was well worth the wait and find it unique! Another area of Maplelag which consumes much of my time is wedding planning! I never would have guessed I would get to plan so many weddings! Maplelag truly receives the “cream of the crop” as far as guests and this goes for our wedding guests, as well. We have had great brides and grooms to work with and their families become a part of ours, after spending such a special weekend with us. We choose to offer a “wedding weekend” which provides the bride and groom, along with many of their family and friends an unforgettable reunion with a wedding bonus. We have had some long time, faithful, Maplelag guests as well as brand new guests choose Maplelag. So, if you are thinking of ‘tying the knot’ and looking for somewhere unique and out of the ordinary, consider Maplelag as your stress-free destination wedding.