End of the trail! (the cross sountry ski trail that is). March 8, 2015. 50 degree temps and the higher sun angle are signalling the end to Ron Jorgenson's efferots to provide skiers a groomed trail to enjoy. Battling cold weather , wind whipped snow, and the occaisional ATV'r or snowmobiler who finds the groomed trail inviting, Ron managed to keep a skiable trail for us to enjoy for most of this past winter. Thank you to Ron & Mary Jorgenson for their continued generosity in both time and talent to the obvious benefit of their lake Sarah neighbors!
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trail returns! 1/1/2015
Ron Jorgenson has been busy prepping his Kubota UTV and trailgroomer and will soon begin grooming the X-country ski trail around the lake near the shorelines. Last year was the first year of his trails existence and it was nice to see people using it for skiing, snowshoeing and walking! The trail, a wide flat groomed path with 2 groves in the center for traditional cross county touring, is created by a custom made hydraulic groomer Ron purchased and modified for this use.
This year the trail will be marked in several places with yellow signs so it is easier to distinguish from the State (grant-in-aid) snowmobile trail that crosses in the middle of the lake.
Neighbors are asked to please avoid using the X-country trail for motorized vehicles, ATVs or snowmobiles as this makes the trail very diffficult to maintain. Walkers and snowshoers should try to stay on the wider flat portions of the trail and off the ski grooves wherever possible.
Thank you to Ron for donating his time and talents to provide this wonderful winter recreational opportunity for us to enjoy!
Question of the week 2/1/14 - Joni Galski asks - Who has been grooming that cool crosscountry ski / snowshoe / hiking trail all the way around lake Sarah?
Answer - Ron Jorgenson of course! Ron & Mary decided to sell their Arizona home and stay here in Minnesota for the winter. Needing a project, R.J. added tracks to his Kubota 4x4 and outfitted it with a commercial trail groomer that he purchased down south somewhere. Ron tries to groom the trail at least twice eack week and currently has it set to imprint a single pair of crosscountry ski grooves in the middle of the groomed trail. By varying the angle and the amount of snow carried on the groomer he can regulate the depth of the trail as he goes. The trail is 6-8 miles in length and runs close to the shoreline except where it goes out to avoid the lake neighbors skating rinks. Be sure to try it out this winter!
For as long as I've known the Jorgenson's, they have always been generous, caring and involved lake neighbors. From hosting the annual LSIA Picnic and National Night Out parties on their property, removing and moving wayward bogs, donating to lake improvement projects, and serving on the Association Board. Thank you Ron for everything you do for all of us - we really appreciate it!