A lot nicer day on Tuesday. After a chilly start to the day that saw the temperature around -5F, (hope to not see that minus sign again this winter) the sunshine warmed things up nicely and by lunch time it was around 20F. With lots of sun and light winds it was fairly pleasant for outdoor chores. The forecast 2 to 3 inches of snow for Tuesday night did not happen. Only a light dusting of new snow on the ground Wednesday morning. Looks like lots of clouds around today. Thursday should start a stretch of days that gives us our first real taste of spring. Supposed to be sunny with temperatures slowly climbing to be near 50F by Sunday. Right on time. Every year loading the car for the Sportsmans Show was a muddy project. That would have been happening on the 15th. With temperatures getting close to 50F the mud will appear quickly.
The slush on the lake improved significantly with the colder weather on Tuesday. Now the crust is generally hard enough to stay on top of as long as you keep moving or ride on previous trails. Walking can still be difficult with some steps staying on top, others breaking through. Conditions will change quickly this time of year.
District 2 and District 6 snowmobile trails (around here) are open according to what is posted yellow or green on the conditions map. The 950 Limerick trail is open. The map had a lot of changes after the warm day last Sunday. Lots of trails to the south have turned yellow or red.
This area is back to the color coded restrictions guide with HPEPH being in the green. We can now accept reservations for leisure travel for guests from all parts of the province. Reservations for the cabins are being accepted for accommodations starting May 7th. Due to the complexity of trying to follow health guidelines, reservations are available by phone or e-mail only. Too complicated to try to regulate them using on-line booking at this time. We have instituted the necessary guidelines to achieve "Safe Travels," "Post Promise," and "Stay Safe" designations.
The ice-out contest pole is now set up and entries are being taken. Prize is $100.00 cash. E-mail us your guess of date and time when the flagpole will tip over as the ice below it melts. The statistical average is April 16th, but in the last 16 years it has been anytime from March 28 to May 6..
A little bit of basic math reveals that this is Limerick Lake Lodge and Marinas 75th anniversary in business. The first thing we are doing it collecting memorabilia of the 75 years. There will be a number of poster boards on display in the boat house near the launch ramp with bits of history about the resort. Other events to celebrate are currently being developed.
Lake trout season is open. Limerick is a "1 line" lake for ice fishing, and trout between 16 and 21 inches long need to be returned to the lake. March 31 is hut removal deadline. Check the zone 15 regulations for more info. Bass season opens Saturday, June 26.
With no official cottage for sale listings showing up in the MLS the phone has been ringing with "do you know of anything for sale" calls. Have had two such calls in recent weeks. Both will accept water access. Actually one of the potential buyers wants a more remote, water access property.