A daily journal concerning Lake Vermilion and surrounding areas.
Selected real estate, notes, stories, musings, and anecdotes.

January 7, 2008

January 2008Lake Ice Conditions, Part 2.

I took a combination business/pleasure spin down the lake yesterday.

For those that have not ventured onto the lake I can tell you that the ice conditions can be summed up in one word… omnibus. (Per the dictionary, “omnibus” as an adjective means “many different things together as a single unit”.)

At this point in time every possible ice condition is available on the lake. All descriptions are appropriate. Smooth, wet, crusty, flat, solid, mushy, rough, messy… pick a condition, it’s out there. It does not make for the best travel conditions but it is tolerable. We could use some colder temperatures and a light blanket of new snow driven by a steady breeze to equalize the surface.

But until the weather alters the situation, “That sure is an omnibus ice surface we have there on Lake Vermilion!”

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  1. Buying International Real Estate
    Andrew C. Weitnauer

    Have you ever thought about buying a second home in a foreign country? Most of us have spent a few minutes online drooling over some of these properties. However, most of us quickly let the dream fade away when we realize how complicated and risky this venture can be.

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    UniFersal.com does a background check on all of the real estate professionals that would love to help you buy real estate in their city. They confirm the professional’s real estate expertise in that city, and even ask for references.

    If you are serious about buying a property in a foreign country, don’t try to do it alone. Use the internet to drool over properties, then get serious and contact a local professional.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 7, 2008 @ 10:19 am

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