Dale & Connie Checking ice Friday 11/29/19

Dale is always lead in checking ice conditions. This is not a job taken lightly. I never worry when checking ice with Dale. Enjoy this part of what we do very much. Especially now we have an enclosed cab on the Ranger, loving this job even more!!

last year’s stakes- just marking where we checked the ice as there is snow coming in the next few days.

Off we go chainsaw in hand! We walk and check. Following behind at a safe distance with the ranger.  Chain saw blade has a ruler marked so we know how many inches of ice we clear before we hit water, if we do hit water that is.

Stake in – moving on!

Yep, that’s a crack but all ok!

Piled up ice from the first freeze up, open water, wind, ice crashed together, heaved up!

Connie’s turn to check the thickness of the ice!

I love my job!!!! Thanks, Dale for teaching me so much!!

 

Fun -not so little – project! Making stakes!

Bundles of new lathes and repairing last years (if possible)!

Lathe’s all lined up and ready for our Good Friend Fred, who volunteers here at our resort, helping with one of the projects today! This is an all-day project – Have you ever had to sit and wait for paint to dry!!

First the orange, then the black and in this case with these lathe’s it took more than 1 coat of each color!

Some of the reflective tape was cut and ready from last year – not quite enough so while Fred stapled the reflective tape on I took care of cutting up more of the tape help get the job done.

Do you know why there is silver reflective on one side of the stake and red reflective on the other side? We do this for one reason and one reason only. It is for the safety of those out on the ice. the times when you get “turned around” and just not sure the direction you are going.  When you come across the stakes we put out the reflective tape lets you know that if you see the white reflective tape you are headed to shore. If you see the red reflective tape you are headed out on the lake away from the shore. White – safely to shore! Red – beware you have headed out on the ice AWAY from shore.  Granted there are other stakes out on the ice that you may see such as the snowmobile trail. So be sure to look at stakes as you head out on the ice.  Our stakes start from our access out onto the lake following the plowing or our bombardier trail.

Work in Progress – Getting ready for ice season

Those of you that have seen the 6×6 Yellow Plow truck with the big V Plow on the front! She will be the next one in the shop I hear. Dale has had her started up and running – now need to get her in the shop and get the servicing done along with the new gas tank! Tom’s favorite Plow Truck will be back on the ice again, fingers crossed!! This Plow truck in the picture was the Green Plow truck that was sold on the Babler auction.

Getting the truck “Plow ready”!

Next Plow truck heading to the shop!! 11/30/2019

3rd of the 4 Plow trucks waiting for the shop!

Plow now on the Ranger!!

New equipment – a deal we couldn’t pass up on! We have only been looking for about 2 years! We came to be good friends with Gary who camp with us this past summer who was selling his Ranger! Right time, right place. So today Dale surprised me with having the plow off our 4 wheeler on the Ranger. We had to go take it for a spin of course and do a little plowing. Fun time.

Transporter getting spruced up and repairs to make her a good, warm, comfortable ride to the early ice Day house’s!

 

Ice Conditions update 12-1-2019

We have been out checking ice each day. Thanksgiving Day we still were finding areas of only 5 inches of ice and area close to Gull rock that was open water. The picture in our profile of Gull Rock was taken on Nov. 12th which shows a vast amount of open water between the shore and Gull rock. We have quite a bit of piled-up ice again with this years freeze up. We will keep you posted as we continue to check and get through the storm watches and warnings the weather folks have announced. Take care all and we look forward to sending you a new update in the next day or two!

Dale and Connie Peterson
Dale’s On Lake of the Woods
Dale 320-630-7897
Connie 320-630-6734

Update status –

We would like to apologize for the decrease in news and updates.

My Mom, (Connie’s) as some know, came to be part of our home here at Lake of the Woods last November.  Mom took a tumble in her bedroom on the 14th and has 3 fractures in her shoulder.  After a trip to the emergency room, the Dr.’s said Mom was OK to come home.  She was no longer able to care for herself with the shoulder fracture.  Orthopedic Dr. stated she would need to be in a sling for 2 months.  Mom made the decision that she needed to go into a care center for 24-hour nursing care, medical care, and have Physical therapy so she could heal and work towards being independent again.  Dale and I cared for Mom from her fall until Mom and I traveled to the care center this past Monday.  Mom has a lot of hard work ahead of her and we will be taking small steps to good Quality of Life together as a family.

Dale and Justin have been working non-stop, as well as some great friends who have been volunteering to help when they are looking for something to keep them busy.

I am back on track and today will be getting the website and Facebook page up to speed.  I have posted our ice condition video’s on our YouTube account for anyone who wishes to check those out.

Our apologies for the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks.  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we are excited for the upcoming ice season along with the wonderful Christmas Holiday coming up!

 

Dale and Connie Peterson

Dale’s On Lake of the Woods