I thought I would tell you all about the wild day I had last Wednesday here at the cabin. I went turkey hunting in the morning and then started cleaning the cabin in the afternoon as I was expecting my best hunting buddy from Illinois, FlatLander Jeff Shreck, to arrive that evening to hunt with me the rest of my turkey season. About 10 minutes to 4 in the afternoon the power went out, due to extremely high winds. I headed over to the neighbors to see if they had power and saw smoke coming from the forest on Green Point Road, for those of you that know the area.
I head back to the cabin and jumped on the ATV to investigate and found the forest burning about 300-400 ft from the cabin where a tree had knocked down the power line about a quarter mile from where I originally saw the smoke. One of my neighbors had called in the fire already when they saw the smoke. Spider Lake Fire Department responded and did an excellent job containing the fire. Eventually mutual aid was provided by Round Lake Fire and the US Forestry Service who had both been working on another fire near Moose Lake, about 15 miles from the cabin. I heard that there was a larger fire near Rhindlander the same day. I can't say enough about the great job Spider Lake Fire did with the resources they had.
The high winds were blowing away from our cabin the majority of the time, but as the wind died down that evening, it shifted and started burning again fairly close to the cabin.The fire actually got within a couple hundred feet of the cabin which you can see near the end of my pictures. Work on the fire continued until Thursday around noon.
Here is a link to the pictures I took:
Anyway, all is good now expect for no damn turkey yet, although Jeff and I did manage to catch a batch of crappie's Thursday Evening!
The wife is due to arrive this Tuesday, to finally take up residency here in the Northwoods. I guess my life as a recluse living in a shack in the woods is coming to an end...Thank God!!! Time to take up where I left off cleaning last Wednesday, before she gets here...maybe the power will stay on this time until I get the major clean up of the cabin completed!
Wish me luck,
Mark "No Turkey Yet" Matchett