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Grayling Trail Report – Fay’s Motel – 02/15


Not my typical intro I’ll admit, but there’s not much sledding going on in this area right now, or from what the forecast is showing, in the immediate future either.

According to said forecast in the next 10 days 3 are supposed to be just marginally below freezing, 2 are looking like rain and the rest are Sunny. There’s nothing that looks remotely like weather that will repair the damages done by yesterday’s blast furnace.

There’s lots of dirt showing at all of the crossings and water is beginning to pond as well. Wish I had better news but it is what it is and unfortunately wishing hasn’t done so pretty good this year.

Time to move a groomer away from my shop door and replace it with one of the Walleye boats in order to get ready for a season that is generally more reliable than our recent Winters.

We will kick out another report to either sign off or let you know if we get a significant snow event.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Girls of Fay’s Motel Grayling MI


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Tuesday May 5th, 2020 - 10:42 am

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Eager Shroomers,

Hope everyone is well and avoiding the the virus.

A quick update on the local fungus. Keith and I took a drive Sunday to check out a few of our usual spots. Nothing!! Not even one of Keith's babies.

Just to keep with the strangeness of this year, no leaves, no catkins but the tiger lilies and Dutchman's breeches are blooming and trillium are up and setting buds. Go figure!!

The weather man is calling for a cool week (40-50) and freezing at night with not much rain. Not sure what this will do for the harvest.

We have decided we will be open for contactless reservations only. We will take reservations over the phone with credit card info (cash can be left in the room) and keep the office closed.

We will not take walk-in reservations. Call us if you have any questions.

As always we'll keep you informed.

Stay well.

Sandy & Keith
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Monday April 27th, 2020 - 6:39 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Fellow Quarantined Mushroomers,

First off we hope all of you are well and have avoided the virus and will continue that way.

As of this date we are well also. However due to said virus Fay's will NOT be open for this mushroom season. We do plan on sending out our report. By sending this report we are in no way advocating disobeying any Stay at Home directives for your area.

Okay, enough with viruses on to fungus!! A much happier topic!

Keith and I took a drive (recreating) yesterday. Sad to say we didn't have to get out of the truck. Not much going on. No leaves (buds only), no catkins, tiger lilies just poking through. We haven't been above freezing overnight yet. Temps look to break starting tonight with some rain throughout the week. Warmer nights and rain will start the fungus growing season. How it turns out is anyone's guess. If you have any questions please give us a call.

We'll keep you all informed,

Sandy & Keith
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Thank you for the reports! You guys rock!

Hi Aunt Sandra pray this ends soon glad you all are fine we are all fine here

HI Aunt Sandra love you

Monday March 2nd, 2020 - 5:33 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

First and foremost we would like to thank everyone that stayed with us this winter. We do appreciate your business.

I hope that the reports provided you with some useful information during another difficult season to report on given the usual ups and downs in the weather.

I just finished up the totals for grooming this season and I thought I would share them with you.

We are responsible for a total of 69 miles of trail. This year we groomed 4118 miles which took 626 volunteer hours and we used $8342.90 in fuel. That works out to an average of a flame throwing 6.5 mph
and we consumed .93 gpm.

Have a great off season and we hope to see you next year if not sooner, mushrooms are just around the corner.

Be Safe,

Keith, Sandy and The Kids
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Keith & Sandy ... As always THANK YOU for ALL you Both Do !!! You guy's are Amazing !! Keep up the Great Work !!! (Grapeman) !!!!!

THANKS to you and the other volunteers who donate their time to groom so us throttle-jockeys can BRAAAAAP ON! WELL DONE again this season!

Thanks for all you do for us snowmobilers Keith!

Thank you

Thursday February 27th, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Fay's Motel & Cottages

Greetings Sledders,

Quick update. I wouldn't ordinarily generate a report so closely behind the last one but conditions have changed and I know many of you want to come up this weekend and may be apprehensive based on my last report.

We didn't get anything out of the system that just went through but we are now experiencing the wrap around snow in the form of Lake Effect.

It's difficult to say how much is on the ground already or to say how much we will ultimately receive. Those are an unknown because of the wind and it's anybody's guess when it comes to LE snows.

We do have enough now to upgrade the trail condition slightly to fair. However, beware of the ice base on the Southern half or so of our trails as it is everywhere. The Northern half is for the most part packed snow covered by fresh.

We are scheduled to groom through Saturday night. A warm up starts Sunday and continues all week so grooming efforts may just end for the season Saturday. That's not set in stone but it is a possibility.

The next report will be the final for the season and will be out on Wednesday or so.

Ride Often and Please Be Safe,
Keith, Sandy, and The Kids
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