Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Shira is back in the office at Seagull after taking a couple of trips to far away places. She is covering while Dave and I go on vacation. In addition, she gets to care for Lucky and Sadie as well as take care of your phone calls and emails. Of course I always have a small list for her as well.
We had a thin coat of ice and then a thaw in the bay. So, we still have open water although it won't last long. Cooler temperatures are predicted this weekend and soon the ice and snow will cover the lake and our winter wonderland will be here to stay for several months.
We hope you all have a great Thanksgiving Holiday with Family and Friends.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Despite the warmer temperatures, I don't think it will be long before the white stuff stays on the ground.
Growing up on the Gunflint Trail as a kid, I have experienced a real change in weather patterns. I remember how the snow became so deep on the cabin roofs that we used to shovel them off about twice every winter. We had a small black lab named Peabody that would love to join us on the roofs to shovel. She climbed right up the ladder after us. While she couldn't handle a shovel too well, she sure kept up spirits to keep shovelling! After shoveling the roof, we would then jump into the snow and roll around with Peabody. It was great fun. In the past 10 years or more, we have not had enough winter snow to shovel the roofs. It would be nice for all the winter businesses to have some great white stuff again this winter.
Another great past time while growing up on the Trail was the winter ice fishing. We used to be able to take a snowmobile all the way into Tuscarora Lake off Round Lake to fish for lake trout through the ice. It was a beautiful ride through the portages and the fishing was fantastic. Times have changed with the preservation of the wilderness and snowmobiles are no longer allowed inside the Boundary Waters.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The BWCAW Permit Fee Increase was approved and will take affect in 2008.
The Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC) has approved fee increases for BWCAW permits. This is good news for our wilderness program because it means additional operating dollars through the Recreation Enhancement Act (formerly Fee Demo) monies returned to the Forest.
Just to make things clear, what this means is that for the next (2008) season, fees will be as follows:
Adult per trip fee: $16.00
Youth per trip fee: $8.00
Adult Seasonal Fee Card: $64.00
Youth Seasonal Fee Card: $32.00
Golden Age/Access $32.00
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
"I had quite a paddle on the Granite... It was my fourth solo on that route, but it was brand new because of the high water and the burn. I remember a beautiful hill near Cross Bay that used to be solid gold with aspen leaves against the blue sky. Now , its just charred trunks. The portage at Horse Tail Rapids was three feet under water at the base of a steep ledge. I had to bushwhack through on the opposite side, and it took 1 1/2 hours instead of the normal five minutes. Navigation wasn't a no-brainer, but actually a challenge. Parts of the route reminded me of a southern cypress swamp, with trees with 3 feet of their trunk submerged. I stuck the paddle in to measure the waterline, and it really was 3-3 1/2 feet. I saw Black- Backed, Pileated, Downey,Flicker, and Three-toed woodpeckers. First trip that I didn't see any loon."
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Be sure to return on a frequent basis to stay tuned to the happenings at Seagull and the BWCA/Quetico.
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