July Recap

4 Aug

One Hot Mamma

July proved one hot mamma as a 90-degree plus squeeze was put on lake residents at the month’s outset and continued for weeks.  Folks on Blue Lake Point Road endured another storm doozy as lighting strikes wreacked havoc on indoor electronics and appeared to temporarily possess at least one house.  Lots of boaters, skiers, fishermen, and cruisers lapped the lake, while Blue Lake’s tepid waters proved divinely refreshing for those roasting at the end of lake piers. Both young ‘ens and old ‘ens tried their tubing skills on an apparatus known as a “surf couch” which is, in no short order, an inflatable couch pulled by a speed boat.  One resident called the sport, “tubing for couch potatoes.”  This Provost thinks it looks super fun.

(Interested in taking a spin through environment? Check out this cover article in Nature featuring research by BL’s own Roberto Myers.)

4th of July

Independence Day festivities shuttled in the annual Parade of Pontoons, which had a rather weak showing this year with just a few boats participating.  The parade throttled past onlookers in the west basin in an almost “blink if you can miss it” action.  A cursory inquiry revealed the nebulous nature of the parade’s organization, with few people knowing how to get in on the who-what-where of the event.  With lake-wide boat decorating interests and hopes for more advanced notice, the parade could very well make a redemptive rebound in 2013.  Numbers were also down for the BLPA picnic.

Friday Night Fish Fry

Enjoy a Friday night fish fry?  Lots of the Wisconsin classics are being held around Blue Lake’s shores this summer as many anglers experience unparalleled fishing success.  Crappies fried in a lager-flour mix are proving to be a delicate-tasting lake favorite.

Raccoon In The Garage And Other Animal Behaviors 

A family on Blue Lake Island Road experienced a stomach-churning welcome to their summer cabin this month as the tracking of a malodorous stench led to the discovery of a dead raccoon hidden away in  the far corner of their garage.  Having prior experience with a dead skunk, I cannot adequately laud the benefits of having on hand a good pair of work gloves and a sturdy shovel.  An auto struck a deer on Blue Lake Road in July and the deer was quickly disposed of.  Motorists should also watch out for fawns prancing about the area.  Pedestrians should definitely keep their eyes open for bears – particularly the black bear that was spotted entering Camp Agawak at the end of the month.  Birds-a-plenty still flock about Blue Lake, but, sadly, the 20-strong merganser gaggle is down to just 1 member.  Blue Lake Pines Road experienced dog-at-large issues in July, an Art-In-The Bar sign went missing, and a pack of Blue Lakers in wolf shirts roamed the proverbial watering holes of downtown Minocqua last weekend.

(Pretty awesome wolf shirt designs are available here.)

Berries, etc.

Towards the end of July, temperatures settled into more humane conditions, allowing folks in the BLMA to enjoy the outdoors without melting on the spot.  Cool mornings make berry picking conditions excellent throughout late July.  Raspberries mostly concluded their harvest by the end of the month and the first of the blackberries ripened on prickly fronds.  By next week the blackberries should be at their peak.  This blog writer has particularly enjoyed fresh berry crepes this year.

Delicious crepe recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • ricotta or cottage cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • whipped cream

Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs and melted butter together until smooth.  Spread lightly on a griddle, crepe pan or shallow frying pan and cook over medium heat.  After cooked, put flat crepe on a plate.  Spread the middle with ricotta or cottage cheese.  Add fresh berries and powdered sugar.  Roll up.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top.  Enjoy!

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