Ice out update: May 13, 2014



This morning I awoke to this “lovely” scene of falling snow over an ice covered lake.  Fortunately I still have the snow machines parked by the shore and ready to go for opener.  Yesterday the “Electric Beaver” set an all time record for one day views.  649 people came to this site to check in on what is happening to the ice.  Seems like a heavy burden of responsibility on my part and it begs the question….”Am I too optimistic?”.  For those of you who are planning a trip to NW Ontario keep in mind that this is an abnormal year of weather and weather patterns.   I will be checking the status of some of the smaller lakes nearby to see how “plan B” looks for me.  Having a “plan B” might be very handy this year!

7 thoughts on “Ice out update: May 13, 2014

  1. You are not alone. Be thankful its only an inch or two. Us folks in Denver, CO received 5-8″ Mother Day evening and most of yesterday. My guess is you are catching a little of what we experienced the last 48hrs. Not to worry, it’ll be gone by Thurs. Sunny n 50s/60s in the near future!

  2. Gord,

    I was up to Ashland, Wisconsin last Thursday and Friday and the south winds were blowing the loose ice out of Lake Superior.

  3. Gord…If you’re going to be optimistic you have to commit to the mindset. You are not too optimistic. But, the presence of the snow machines in the photos reveals a lingering sense of pessimism. This creates a conflict between the upper and lower parts of your brain. I urge you to store those snow machines now, before something horrible happens. I don’t think any of your guests want to show up at VBL only to find the “Bad Gord” in a foul mood.

    Friends, please take a moment to offer Gord a few encouraging words. His struggle is our struggle. And we all benefit from joyful karma that flows from the “Good Gord”. Won’t you help?

    1. Upper AND lower parts of Gord’s brain? Professor, as a doctor of a medical science I feel you are overly optimistic as to the amount of gray matter in Gord’s possession.

      1. TR…I’m going to share with you a little known story told to me by New Mexican Bill a few years ago. Back in the day, when Gord was cutting his teeth as a fishing guide on Eagle Lake, he suffered a serious injury. This happened while he was in a fish house filleting up walleyes for his client. According to Bill, who witnessed the incident, Gord slipped on the wet floor and fell hard, banging his head on a metal tackle box so violently that it dented. Amazingly, he popped right back up and resumed filleting. But something was not right.

        The shaped of Gord’s head was noticeably different–it was reshaped into something longer and more angular. Plus, he couldn’t talk right. He was rushed into a hospital where doctors found that his brain shifted from the normal right/left hemisphere position to an upper/lower position in his skull. A full 90 degree shift was thought to be impossible to survive, but Gord did. He became a bit of a celebrity and briefly worked for a circus. But, he returned to guiding within a year and met Susanne. The courtship period was brief and intense, lasting but three weeks. Then they married and shortly thereafter purchased the defunct Little Norway Resort and renamed it Vermilion Bay Lodge.

        Twenty-some years later and here we are, eagerly looking forward to returning as guests to VBL in 2014. Something tells me that this would not be the case without that slip and fall in the fish house.

        1. Ah, yes, this would explain the ever present ball cap on Gord’s head. I’m sure he’s a little bit reticent to share this story…what with the circus and all. Thank you, Professor.

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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