Thursday, September 11, 2014


While you were out

If you were away from the lakes on Thursday, you missed the power outage. Prepare to reset your clocks on your return.

Here's the co-op's explanation: "A tree fell on a 3-phase power line yesterday in areas hardest hit by last week’s storms, causing a power outage for about 1,000 co-op members on the west side of Bone Lake and south of Luck. The line went down about 5:30 p.m. and power was restored around 6:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience to our members. If you see a danger tree on power lines, please report it to the co-op, 800-421-0283."

Power outage area:

Monday, September 08, 2014


Elephants at Little Blake?

Mark posted this on FB, but I thought it deserved to be added here as well.

"Check out these beautiful elephant ears!! My neighbor Larry from the cabin proudly showing them off. Rain the past 3 weeks has everything looking great!"

Monday, September 01, 2014


New bird on the lakes?

Gary photographed this pelican on the west side of Big Blake on Saturday. It had flown by earlier. On Sunday, it was over on the east side of Little Blake.

Off course? Ailing? Lost? First time I've ever seen a pelican on the lakes Blake.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Rumors are in

The rumors seem to be true. Some anonymous person or persons has placed a truck load of rip rap on the edge of the Big Blake dam where the bank had eroded.

That and the 4.5 inches of rain on Friday through Saturday morning (thanks for measuring, Barney), made it seem that the lake was back to its normal level.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Last Saturday (16 August)

Besides going to the Big Blake lake assoc. meeting on Saturday morning, I also trimmed weeds around the dock and finished a good book, As the Crow Flies.

For evidence you can see the book review I wrote by clicking on the title above and examining the "after" picture of the dock below.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Big Blake dam reconstruction

I went to the Big Blake Lake association meeting yesterday. There was a full house at the Georgetown hall. I took good notes. Then I lost them. I am pretty sure my memory is good and that this is accurate.

A couple interesting things:

The man who is half way through a study of sedimentation in Big Blake (whose name is in my notes) talked about his preliminary findings. He's examined mud cores he's taken from the lake and found that

The lake association board has had engineering work done for a new dam at the north end of the lake. The recommendation is to build a “rip rap rock chute” dam. This is a widely used design and is appropriate for the situation. It can be built without “dewatering” (building a temporary dam to keep water away from the new dam site), requires little maintenance, and is the least expensive option. (A search on the Web will lead to descriptions, designs, and photographs.)

A Sherrard family member at the meeting assured everyone that the transfer of the property to be used for the dam is going to happen ASAP.

The cost is predicted to be $100,000-150,000. The resolution presented by the lake association board to the meeting specified that if costs (bids on the project, I presume) rise above $175,000, a future membership meeting would have to approve further action.

Votes of the membership at the meeting approved the board's actions and authorized the board to proceed on
It's most likely that construction will begin next spring.

The cost for owners of lakeshore property (if the dam costs $100,000) would be about $500 per lot. The cost to back lot owners would probably be about $200-300. The exact costs will be determined by the method of assessment. The association was voting on the method of assessment when I left.

If I've made any mistakes in my reconstruction of the meeting, let me know (add a comment).


Friday, August 08, 2014



Oh, besides the delightful visitors from the west coast, the tiger lilies did bloom brightly.

They are blooming and spreading in the garden!

And one of the heritage lilies is also shining in the sun.

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Okay, they are small and young. And any of this could have taken place anywhere. But it took place at Little Blake. 

For the third year in a row, the California crew left hand prints on the wall. Getting to this photo was a messy circus. But, no paint on the girls.

You talkin' to me?

I can hold my breath longer than you can hold yours, old man.

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