We started our annual St. Patrick’s week celebration about 5 years ago because the O’Phelan family and some of the staff are Irish and really get a kick out of celebrating St. Patty’s Day. The week was slow to catch on but has gradually built up steam over the last few years culminating in our biggest St. Pat’s turnout yet on Thursday the 17th! Hundreds of people showed up throughout the day to enjoy some excellent Irish Fare like Lamb Chops, Fish N’ Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mulligan Stew and Colcannon. There were some wonderful Irish themed desserts as well! The Trio Hi-B’s performed some lovely Irish tunes in the New Pub and had everyone tapping their toes to say the least. The staff got into the action too and dressed up in lots of green and derby hats. They also did a phenomenal job decorating the restaurant and pub to make it felt like you were in Dublin with the music, quaint pub feel and lots of Guinness and Irish Whiskey flowing. Everyone had an awesome time!
As you can see in the picture the deer have once again invaded the shoreline and our front lawn too. They annually migrate toward the big lake down here in search of open food sources, water, and unfortunately cars and trucks. Be careful while driving along Highway 61 at dusk and at night! A few brave fishermen have already been seen fishing steelhead at the mouth of the Cascade River as the ice starts to recede and more water starts pouring through. Soon the waterfalls will start opening up all over the place and surging like crazy with all the snow melt and early spring rains.
In staff news Michael, Matt and Adam drove back to our Deeryard Lake Ski Area and skied the main loop 10K. Conditions reported were spring-like, lots of snow still on the trail with a 10-12 inch base and plenty left in the woods! Matt recently returned from family vacation down in Florida for Minnesota Twins Spring Training. He came back tan with lots of great stories and pictures to share with us!
The wildlife viewing around the resort and the area has been fantastic this winter. The deer can normally be seen in abundance late winter as they congregate along the shoreline with readily available food sources and that is the case again this year. However, the deer are also the main food source of the Wolves which are being spotted in record numbers. We have several nice, healthy looking wolves right here in the State Park as witnessed by many guests and employees and can be heard “howling at the moon” on many nights! Our ski trail groomers have also seen them over on the west end of the trail system and have found lots of evidence of four course meals enjoyed by the canines along their route. Matt saw a huge Silver Fox the other night coming back from the restaurant right next to the lodge. It scurried up on a snow bank and stared at him for a few minutes before wandering off into the woods. We had a few previous guests come and rent snowshoes to hike up on the Gunflint Trail over the weekend. Upon returning them Monday afternoon they told stories of seeing a Moose, two Wolves and allegedly a Cougar too, but with most Cougar sightings it was unconfirmed. Wow talk about living amongst some furry friends on the Wild North Shore!