Sunday, December 27, 2009
In Search of Snow
Plans had been made for months to take the dogs up to the Points Unknown cabin in Hovland, MN for the holidays. Just a week before there was no snow in sight! Deciding to follow the snow, we got in contact with a new friend who happens to own a resort in north central Wisconsin and they had snow! Plans were quickly changed and off we went to investigate some new trails and, potentially, a new location to add for our women's winter adventures.
Boyds Mason Lake Resort was opened in 1893. The property contains around 2600 acres of pristine woods, old growth Hemlock forests and four lakes. There is a main lodge with a cozy sitting area, main dining hall and recreation room with dormitory style rooms above and several small to large log cabins located nearby. The site contains over 20 miles of unplowed logging roads as well which can make for excellent dog sledding trails.
Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted by Leon who showed us where we would be staying and pointed out several different potential locations to park the dog truck drop the lines for the dogs. High on our list was to investigate the quality of the trails so shortly after we settled in, we went off on the snowmobiles which were thoughtfully offered by the resort for our use. The trails had been packed for us shortly before our arrival so all we had to be concerned about was making certain not to get lost by using one of their very detailed topography maps of the area, to find our way around. A trail needs to meet very specific criteria to be called a safe dog mushing trail so we had no expectations about what we would find and had just hoped to enjoy our time away with the dogs no matter what we encountered. What we found was far better than we could have imagined. Boyds Mason Lake Resort has excellent potential for dog mushing and we spent the next three days exploring with the dogs and being awestruck by the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
On the Boyds Mason Lake Resort's website you'll find a statement you commonly see with regards to how you can expect to be treated during a stay at a resort. "We consider our guests part of our family." It's very cliche and not really given a serious thought until you actually arrive and experience it for yourself. I can honestly say that we were indeed treated like family. Our experience with Chris and her family resort couldn't have been any better. Best of all, they are extremely dog friendly and expect your dog to be treated as family, as well.
Points Unknown returns to the resort on January 7th for a Women's Retreat being offered. Make sure to keep an eye on our website as you can expect to see Points Unknown Adventures being offered at Boyds Mason Lake Resort in the future!