9/10/14 - Today is the unofficial first day of fall. A cold, steady rain fell all last night and the temperature was in the low 40s with a cold, gusty north wind and steel-grey overcast skies. It's days like this that make the bluebird days so fine.
Not to worry though, the forecast for the next five days is sunny, calm and cool.
The fall colors are just beginning, but the light frost predicted for the next few nights will ignite a storm of leafy reds, oranges and yellows. It's going to be a great year for color! - Bill
This is not the most enticing invitation to canoe country, but tomorrow promises blue skies and calm winds.
As the days get shorter and nights longer, our thoughts start turning towards the change of the seasons and dire predictions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Our focus turns to winter activities but at the same time we are already talking about the summer of 2015.
The one activity we see increasing in interest is stand up paddle boarding. We are looking at ways to give you more and better instruction. Maybe we try doing a few more yoga classes along with demos, either in the harbor or in some warmer inland lakes.
What we really need is input from you. What can we do to make our offerings better for you? Shorter tours or longer tours? Do we move more inland or bolster up the big lake?
And while we are at it, look at this web site and some of the videos. Let us know what you think. Would something like a SUP rowing scull interest you? Should we sell them or rent them? Could you see racing them? The possibilities are endless. So take a look and let us know.
I’ve talked about my love of bulletproof coffee on Facebook and every time I do, I have people ask me to share what it is. When I do, some are a little taken aback when I mention adding a tbsp. of butter to their coffee. Now before you go “ewwwwww”, just know I thought the same thing when I first read about it and then decided to give it a try. Let me tell you….it is AWESOME, as long as the butter is organic and unsalted, and comes from cattle that are grass-fed and raised hormone and anti-biotic free. It’s simple to make and will be better than any concoction you get at Starbucks. (For me, I love my Americanno, but it now pales in comparison to my bulletproof!
Here’s how I make mine:
Step 1: I start by cold-pressing my coffee. I grind my own beans as needed, place three 1/8 c. scoops in the bottom of a French Press and fill with water. I will let sit at least overnight and press in the morning. (I get two servings out of my press as I usually only have one cup a day). I fill my large coffee mug with coffee to measure and then heat on the stove (I choose to NOT microwave for personal reasons…I don’t microwave much.). You can use regular brewed coffee if you choose.
Step 2: While my coffee is heating, I put a tbsp. each of Kerrygold unsalted butter and Organic UNrefined coconut oil in the bottom of the coffee mug. (You can use straight MCT oil as well).
Step 3: When coffee is hot, I pour about 1/3 of the hot coffee over the butter and oil and then mix with a stick blender (I only fill to 1/3 full as the whipping action will have it overflow if you fill it too full!).
Step 4: Pour the rest of the hot coffee in the cup and enjoy!
Some recipes call for more butter, but my taste buds prefer the tbsp. of each. True Bulletproof coffee is suppose to be made with some specially roasted beans, (which I have placed an order…) and will let you know if there is a difference.
Give it a try and come on back and let me know what you think!
A sure sign of fall is when the flocks of geese fly over the Boundary Waters with bills pointed south. Today there were a couple of very large flocks of geese all heading south. Their timing coincides with the departure of the Quetico Park Ranger.
The difference between the geese and Janice the Cache Bay Ranger is she heads north when the weather gets cold. What does that mean for people wanting to visit the Quetico Park? People are welcome to visit the Quetico when the Ranger is no longer there but camping fees are purchased on a self-service basis.
Permits to enter the Quetico Park are no longer needed after the Ranger Station closes but overnight camping fees must still be paid. Payment is by cash only that is deposited into a collection container. Checks aren’t allowed because by the time payment is retrieved the date is old and the bank won’t accept them.
The good news is the price of the overnight camping fee goes down a little bit. The rate is $16.50 per adult per night and youth is $6.50 per night and the rates are at par. If you have questions then you can call the Quetico Park directly at 807-597-5019.
Safe travels to all those migrating south or north.
9/8/14 - Here are a few more pictures of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association camping trip at the Sawbill Lake Campground last weekend.
9/8/14 - Here are a few more pictures of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association camping trip at the Sawbill Lake Campground last weekend. - Bill
Wood and canvas canoes on Sawbill Lake.
Canoe ballet, solo style.
A happy group of wooden canoe fans, led by Alex Comb of Stewart River Boatworks.
What it is: Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.
Where it is: Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat, too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing.
Why it’s bad: The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter. “White has long been the symbolic color of ‘clean,’” explains food industry insider Bruce Bradley, who shares the tricks, traps, and ploys of big food manufacturers on his blog, BruceBradley.com. “Funny, when you use real food, you don’t need any of these crazy additives—I think I prefer the real deal.”
These types of ingredients added to food is why I believe it is more important than ever to cleanse our bodies of impurities regularly. Contact me for more information by clicking on the “contact” floating button or text me at 407-545-8113.
A high temperature of 76 degrees today on the Gunflint Trail made it feel like summer. We hardly had any days that warm all summer long. It doesn’t look like we’ll have that warm of a day again for at least a week as temperatures are supposed to cool off after Tuesday and drop into the 40′s.
The leaves are starting to change on the Gunflint Trail and with the days getting shorter and shorter they will only get better. Fall is a favorite time of the year for folks to paddle in the Boundary Waters. Frequent wildlife sightings, lack of bugs and very few people make it a wonderful time to canoe camp.
We hope you can come paddle with us this September and if you’re lucky then you might just get a summer day in September too.
It is not very often that the Cook County News- Herald republishes an article from another newspaper. It is complicated to get permission and we prefer local content. However this week, I obtained permission from the Grand Rapids Herald Review to share a heartbreaking story about a father’s struggle to cope with the suicide of his daughter.
I didn’t go looking for the story on page A7. A father, John Bauer, contacted the Cook County News- Herald because his daughter, Megan Bauer Stejskal, a beautiful 33-yearold social worker, spent some time in Grand Marais. She worked as a mental health practitioner and at Superior National at Lutsen golf course in the summer. In the short time she lived on the North Shore she made many friends, who were all shocked and saddened to hear that she had died.
The News-Herald did not report the circumstances of her death because it didn’t happen in Cook County. She chose a different place, Bayfield, Wisconsin, to end her life. The News-Herald received an obituary from the family with the phrase that starts so many obituaries of suicide victims. According to the April 6, 2013 obituary, Megan “passed away unexpectedly.”
Truthfully, I was glad at that time that the News-Herald didn’t have to share the painful details. One of the most difficult stories for a newsperson to cover is the story of suicide. Reporting on death is never easy, whether that loss was caused by a car accident, a fall, a fire or by drowning. It is our job to share the details of a tragedy, to provide a historic record, but we know that by doing so we are adding to the suffering of family and friends.
Because of the stigma attached to mental health issues, we know the coverage of a suicide is even more hurtful. Along with the usual grief, there are so many unanswered questions. And often there is guilt, uncalled for because suicide attempters are very good at concealing their pain and hiding their plans, but agonizing guilt nonetheless.
Aside from cut and dried reports of a suicide death, reporters are hesitant to touch the topic. That is why receiving an email from John Bauer asking to talk about his daughter’s passing took my breath away. He attached the Grand Rapids Herald Review article and asked if we would reprint it. John wanted to share the painful path his family has been on.
In his grief, John Bauer is reaching out to others. He and his family talked about Megan’s life and death on the public television series Call Me Mental in a segment on suicide. In that video, John shares the terrible statistic that someone in the United States takes his or her life every 13 minutes.
In addition to sharing the story of his beloved daughter, John Bauer is gathering the tales of others who have been touched by the tragedy of suicide to be presented in a special multimedia exhibit in 2016. At press time he said he had heard from about 25 people who wanted to participate in some way.
There are others out there. Others who need to talk about their loss, who should not have to hide the way their loved ones died. John Bauer notes that it would be good if someday instead of saying a suicide victim had “died unexpectedly” obituaries could be similar to people who have perished from cancer or heart disease. John Bauer said his goal is to instead see obituaries share the truth—that a loved one died “after a long and courageous battle with mental illness.”
And better yet, John hopes that his exhibit, his call to talk about it, will lead to suicide prevention. He said if he can prevent one person from killing himself or herself the painful work he has undertaken will be worth it.
There are some who think that talking about suicide will lead to a suicide attempt. The therapists I’ve spoken with say that is not the case. In fact, they said checking in with a person who suffers from depression is more likely helpful than hurtful. Letting a person who struggles with depression know that they can call you anytime to talk is helpful. Sometimes despair strikes at unexpected times, at times when a person feels he or she should be happy. Having a phone number—or a list of phone numbers of people who care—close by can help.
Asking difficult questions like, “That sounds like an awful lot for one person to take; has it made you want to hurt yourself?” or “Are you feeling so bad that you’re considering suicide?” can actually be a relief to someone who is contemplating that extreme measure. Asking those questions can free a person to talk about it and to hopefully consider other options.
Suicide is not easy to think about, to talk about and certainly not to write about. But with efforts like the exhibit being put together by John Bauer, the discussion will be little easier.
The life of every person is like a
diary in which he means to write
one story, and writes another.
9/7/14 - This isn't something you see every day in the Sawbill Lake Campground boat storage area.
The Minnesota Chapter of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association is having a camping gathering here this weekend. It's been a treat to see so many beautiful and functional wooden canoes gracing the waters of Sawbill Lake. - Bill
Six hand crafted wooden canoes at peaceful repose in the Sawbill boat storage area.
IF ONLY YOU KNEW HOW POWERFUL YOU ARE! That flame that is buried within you, can impact hundreds if not thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives! DO NOT keep it to yourself. YOU ARE a beacon of light, YOU ARE a leader….YOU MATTER! This image gives me chills every time I see it, because what you think you are/aren’t isn’t true….YOU ARE a light, you ARE, period. EXCLAMATION POINT.
I have shared this image a few times recently in the past, and feel compelled to do so again. This past week, I have been connecting with people and asking what excites them. I find it a little sad that so many cannot answer the question and when pressed further still have a hard time sharing what they would do if lack of time and money weren’t a barrier.
What is exciting is once they get past the mental block of feeling it’s selfish to voice what they daydream about, is watching their soul start to light up. Once they get out the material things they would like to do: travel, new car, new house, be able to buy their kids certain things, which they usually apologize for.
What is REALLY exciting… once they get their soul lit, in their heart, what REALLY drives most people is they want to make a contribution to this world and leave a legacy. The flame becomes a fire, the fire becomes a bonfire and for some, once they get going, it’s like a massive forest fire raging out of control!
Stop letting life pass you by and watching others LIVING LIFE OUT LOUD. You can too…you DESERVE to. We were all born to be great, to stand out to contribute with our hearts and souls wide open. GO GIVE IT TO THE WORLD. Shine your light so brightly, so others can find their light and feel like they can let theirs shine too. I wish I could tell each one of you HOW AWESOME you really are. Go for what you want. Chase your dreams. Pursue you passion. It will not lead you astray!
“When you discover how fulfilling and exciting life can be, you don’t want others to know how amazing your life is now. You want others to live this amazing life as well!!!” Zach Sikich
9/6/14 - Last week, we enjoyed the 35th visit from a group that calls themselves "The Consortium." They took the name because several of them were in business school together back in the day. The annual wilderness canoe trip started as a school reunion.
All have gone on to varied and distinguished careers, but their annual canoe trip provides the opportunity, in their own words, "to relive adolescence." - Bill
Consortium XXXV, 2014. Trail name (l-r): Portager, HMFIC (His Majesty First in Command), Sugarbear, and Marmaduke.
All good consortia have a great logo.
Every time I travel into Grand Marais I am pleasantly surprised at the progress being made at Voyageur Brewing Company. Mike has been in town more often than I have recently so he has been able to watch the construction project more closely than I have. It still seems to be going quickly to him too.
One thing is for sure. The brewery in Grand Marais has an awesome view. People eating and drinking inside have two big glass windows to gaze at Lake Superior through. In the warmer months folks will be able to enjoy the view from the roof top.
Until there is fresh brewed beer to enjoy you’ll just have to enjoy these photos in the meantime.
9/5/14 - The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a spectacularly beautiful area with rich diversity in species and habitat. From the calm, blue glacial lakes spanning across two continental watersheds, to the exposed, colorful, granite and basalt rocks painted over with ancient Native American pictographs, the BWCAW offers no shortage of dramatic scenery.
With all this rich and beautiful biodiversity comes some of mother nature's most excited reactions, one of these being wildfires. Many of the areas in the boundary waters that you can paddle through show the remains of a recent fire, and these areas can be some of the most picturesque. Here at Sawbill, we have close access and transportation to some of these gorgeous areas. If you are worried that burned areas may be a little lackluster, then let your worries be put to rest.
A recent crew member of ours took a 5-day/4-night trip through some of the burned areas and photo documented her trip.
Burned areas of the boreal forest allow you to see the rich flora hidden on the forest floor. Carla took a series of pictures of several wildflowers growing in the burned area. This picture depicts one type she saw on Townline Lake.
Portaging through burned areas can also be quite the adventure. Though we absolutely love being shrouded in a sea of green, burned portages offer a more unique portrait of the land. Carla described the portage from Townline Lake into Kawasachong Lake as "hands down" her favorite portage. You can view the rich colors and foliage, while also seeing farther off in the distance through the trees and witnessing the changing rise and slope in the land.
Another great feature is that lakes often provide as halts for the burns. This means lakes in burned areas usually offer distinct sides, one that is burned, and one that is flourishing with the rich boreal forest. Seeing these gradients can be surreal, as this picture from Crooked Lake shows.
And, let's not forget the sunsets over these areas.
A beautiful sunset sky begins over Kawasachong Lake
Seriously, they are gorgeous.
A red sunset, reminiscent of the fire that shaped this scene over Crooked Lake
A big thanks to Carla for sharing her experience with us. Come check out some of the burned areas in the BWCAW the next time you come to Sawbill. Ask the crew about some of our favorite spots, we have a whole list of them.
Carla and her crew, Catie and Eric, on Kawasachong.
Happy paddling folks! - Mark
When I was first introduced to Trollbeads, it was the Scandinavian connection that first peaked my interest. The delicate, silver Dala Horse bead, Thor’s Hammer and the adorable photos of the Danish Family members who ran the company, I felt right at home. Trollbeads, even the name evokes images of mossy rocks, streams and the smell of the deep forest. I was hooked.
As the time has passed, and my love for Trollbeads becomes an addiction, my bracelet has transformed from Scandinavian … read more
This post could almost fit under “favorite everyday products” because the app I am going to share, is one I use EVERY day. As of last week when I bared my soul with my last Freedom Friday post about not being ‘congruent’, I might as well put it ALL out there. In the past, I have SUCKED at managing my money. It is not something I was ever taught in school or by my parents. I grew up with a mom and dad who worked hard, my brothers and sisters never went without food or clothing, and they did the best they could, we just didn’t have a lot of it. So, being the free spirit I am, if it wasn’t something I was good at and didn’t THINK I needed to learn it, I was flying by the seat of my pants. The problem: Mark was the same way, but it’s never too old to teach and old dog new tricks, right!
Recently I have been reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (AND just signed up for a weekend Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar with THE T. Harv himself!), Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and have found this great little bugeting and money trackning app called “Mint”. I have to say, it is pretty “mint” (is my 80′s girl showing here?).
It takes a little time and effort to set your budget, link your accounts and such, but it is SO worth it. It easily tracks spending and will even send you warnings and tell you “you’ve gone over your gas and transportation budget for the month. Perhaps you should take a look at that”. Yep, an app that is even nice when it really should say “DANGER. DANGER. DANGER. WHOA LADY YOU’VE BEEN DRIVING WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY TOO MUCH THIS MONTH. LET’S TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT THIS”.
It has been enlightening for me to see where our money REALLY does go. As Dave Ramsey says: what you don’t track will most certainly find away to leave. Keep an eye on your money, so you can keep more of it! Remember, no matter how healthy you are physically, if you are constantly stressed about money, you are not TRULY healthy.
I would love to hear some of your favorite ways of controlling and keeping tack of your spending!
Just when you think something couldn’t get any better…it does. Isagenix has improved my most favorite product in the world, Product B, by adding 20% MORE powerful anti-aging ingredients and creating a vegan capsule that makes it more absorbable, overall making it 10X’s more potent! They are also re-branding the product to make it’s name more in line with what the product is. Introducing the next generation of Product B: IsaGenesis!
While there is no one “magic” pill, this product packs a punch, especially when combined with our Ageless Essentials Daily Pak vitamins. All the ingredients of all the supplements are designed to work synergisticly to pack a MASSIVE punch for so you can be AGING even MORE YOUTHFULly (Hmmmm…may need to change MY brand! lol).
Here are the deets:
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By the time this posts, I should have my new order with IsaGenesis in the box! I can’t wait to share my results with you! If you’d like to order, give me a shout at 407-545-8113 (my Google voice number) and leave a message. I will call you right back to take your order and heck, even show you how you can get a free box every single month! How cool is THAT????? I can’t wait to see the lives transformed with this “newest generation” that will make my generation even younger than our kids!
Arrowhead Cooperative Trust is now accepting grant applications for the Operation Round Up funds. Non-profit groups and organizations that serve communities in Cook County are encouraged to apply. Operation Round Up is a program designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile projects and charities throughout Arrowhead’s service territory. In past distributions funds have been contributed to volunteer fire departments, the high school band, nature centers, performing arts groups, historical societies, public health initiatives, and more. Our county is fortunate to have a diverse group of organizations providing services to the community. The deadline to apply for Operation Roundup funds is October 1, 2014. The Arrowhead Cooperative Trust Board will review the applications and funds will be distributed during National Cooperative Month this October.
For further information contact Sara McManus in Arrowhead’s office, at 218-663-7239 or 800-864-3744. Applications and Guidelines can be downloaded from our Operation Round Up page.
Applicants are reminded to review the grant guidelines to make sure their applications include all necessary information.
Projects should fit in one or more of the following categories:
Education and Youth
Where do the funds come from?
Each month, Arrowhead “rounds up” the electric bills of participating members to the next dollar. For example, if your electric bill is $74.64, we would round it up to $75.00. The additional 36 cents would go directly to the Operation Round Up Trust. The average annual contribution from a cooperative member would be $6.00. The most a member could contribute annually would be $11.88. Participation is voluntary and 84% of Arrowhead Cooperative members choose to give. Operation Round Up is an opportunity for you to provide financial assistance to worthwhile projects and charities in our communities. Pennies donated by you each month become significant when added to the pennies donated by your fellow members.