Boundary Waters Blog
I may be biased but my favorite person to go canoe camping with is Mike. Most people love to spend time with Mike anywhere so it shouldn’t be surprising that anyone who has camped with him has thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Of course it’s always great fun to listen to Mike tell stories but there are a number of reasons why I love to camp with him.
Mike can do everything that needs to be done on a wilderness canoe trip. I never worry about getting lost because he’s an expert navigator in the woods and on the water. Put him inside of a shopping mall and he struggles a little bit but in the canoe country he’s awesome.
He is also an expert paddler. He does favor paddling on his right side so if you prefer to paddle on your right side you might have to remind him to switch but that’s his only fault. He’s strong, he steers perfectly and he can paddle just as easily in 3 foot waves as he can on a flat calm day.
Mike is great to have along on trips where you’re going to travel because he’s strong. He makes carrying a canoe and pack look easy and he’s always out front to clear away cobwebs.
There are so many other reasons why camping with Mike is such a treat. He loves to cook over a campfire, he doesn’t mind collecting firewood, he knows how to catch and clean fish and there’s no one I would rather listen to around a campfire.
Why am I bragging about Mike and how much fun it is to camp with him? Because some lucky people are going to have the opportunity to camp with him this summer. I’m super jealous because I won’t be able to go with on this trip because I’m not a male. If you are a male, age 17 or older then keep an eye on your inbox because one of our 12 Deals of Christmas is a Quetico Park canoe camping trip with Mike. Can you get July 11-15th off from work? You better check because this deal will be coming soon and it is a deal of a lifetime and a privilege to camp with such an incredibly wise, competent and fun man.
Is it time to get the shovels out and make sure the plow is on the truck and ready to go? Maybe so!Northern Cook / Northern Lake, Southern Cook / North Shore, Cook County Winter Weather Advisory issued November 29 at 2:07PM CST until December 02 at 6:00AM CST by NWS Duluth
Issued: Sunday, Nov 29 at 02:07 pm
Expires: Wednesday, Dec 02 at 06:00 am
…EARLY WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE NORTHLAND LATE MONDAY INTO
.AN EARLY WINTER STORM WILL BRING THE MOST SNOW SO FAR THIS SEASON
TO MANY LOCATIONS EARLY THIS WEEK. SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN FROM SOUTH
TO NORTH LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY EVENING…WITH SLEET
MIXING WITH SNOW AT TIMES IN NORTHWEST WISCONSIN ALONG AND EAST
OF HIGHWAY 13 IN IRON…ASHLAND…AND PRICE COUNTIES. THE MOST
INTENSE SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR ALONG AND SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 2 LATE
MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING…WITH SNOWFALL RATES POSSIBLY
APPROACHING ONE INCH PER HOUR AT TIMES WHICH WILL MAKE TRAVEL
DIFFICULT. SNOWFALL RATES TAPER OFF TUESDAY AFTERNOON WITH SNOW
ENDING FROM WEST TO EAST TUESDAY NIGHT.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM MONDAY TO 6 AM CST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM MONDAY
TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY.
* LOCATIONS…ALL OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN AND MUCH OF NORTHEAST
MINNESOTA….INCLUDING THE BRAINERD LAKES REGION…THE
INTERSTATE 35 CORRIDOR..THE TWIN PORTS…NORTH SHORE…MINNESOTA
ARROWHEAD…AND THE HAYWARD LAKES REGION.
* TIMING…BEGINNING FROM SOUTH TO NORTH LATE MONDAY…MOST
INTENSE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING…ENDING TUESDAY NIGHT
FROM WEST TO EAST.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…3 TO 6 INCHES…LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
* VISIBILITIES…A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES LATE MONDAY NIGHT
INTO TUESDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS…SNOWFALL WILL QUICKLY ACCUMULATE ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS
MONDAY NIGHT RESULTING IN SLICK ROADS FOR THE TUESDAY MORNING
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
If you are subscribed to Voyageur’s Email Newsletter list then you have something special waiting in your inbox. Just in case you’ve been busy over the weekend we thought we would share the email here. And, for those of you who do not subscribe to our email newsletter here’s the incentive to do so. We’re offering 12 Deals of Christmas you won’t want to miss. To make sure you receive these deals, sign up today! It’s our way of sharing the holiday spirit with all of you.
//Having trouble viewing this email? Click here We’re Making Gift Giving Easier This Year! Voyageur’s 12 Days of Christmas Between now and Christmas we’ll be sending out 12 emails with special 1-Day ONLY Deals. These deals will help you shop for gifts for others as well as treats for yourself. You’ll need to act fast because they will be available for 1-Day ONLY. When you see the email in your inbox open it immediately because there won’t be a second chance. We’d hate for you to miss out on a great deal like “Half-Price Cabins” or a “Free Upgrade to a Kevlar canoe”.
Since this is our first deal and it’s a holiday weekend we’ll keep this deal available until midnight on the first day of December. That doesn’t mean we might not have a different offer available in the meantime so keep your eye on your email for the 12 Days of Christmas Deals. Deal of the Day #1- Round Trip Tow on Saganaga for $50 That’s 40% off
Purchase a virtual token good for one Round Trip Tow on Saganaga Lake. Each token is good for one person and is valued up to $85.00. Details You can buy more than one token to ensure each member of your party receives the same great deal or you can use them for multiple canoe trips. We will maintain a record of your purchase and apply it to your next canoe camping trips with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. The best part about this deal is the token can be used for a Quetico or BWCA canoe trip and is good through September of 2020!
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It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since I watched Adam harvest wild rice with Kristi. The only reason I know how long it has been is because I wrote a blog about it in 2010. You can see photos and read all about it by visiting Harvesting Wild Rice on my blog. It was a great experience and I’m happy to see Adam in a video harvesting wild rice. He’s wearing the same hat he wore in 2010 too! Enjoy the video.
Thankfully Josh and Mike both had a successful deer hunt this year so we’ll be answering that question with the word, “Venison”. They hunted on the Gunflint Trail but didn’t even see signs or tracks of a deer. They both shot their deer closer to the shore of Lake Superior and will anxiously await their opportunity to hunt deer again next fall.
DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 24, 2015
Hunters register more than 128,000 deer through third weekend
Minnesota firearms hunters registered 128,174 deer through the third weekend of firearms deer season, up from 112,715 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 145,383 deer, up from the 2014 to-date harvest total of 128,134. Preliminary numbers show that the number of deer registered rose 13.5 percent from 2014.
Buck harvest during the firearms season was up 18.4 percent from last year, indicating that the population has in fact grown from its low point two springs ago. Zone 1 total firearms harvest was up 11 percent, Zone 2 was up 15.5 percent and Zone 3 was up 7.7 percent. Buck harvest was up significantly in all zones.
The DNR has projected the 2015 total deer harvest to be between 140,000 to 155,000 deer. The 2014 total harvest after last year’s conservative season was just over 139,000.
In much of Minnesota, the last day of the firearms deer season was Nov. 15. The northern rifle zone season continued through Nov. 22. Additional deer will be harvested during the late southeastern season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 29; the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 28, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13; and the archery season, which runs through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Final numbers from all deer seasons will be available in January.
New this year, hunters can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the DNR at www.mndnr.gov/deermap. This map is the first step toward launching an online application that delivers useful information hunters need and want. Hunters are encouraged to take a look at the application, discuss it and provide the DNR with feedback.
More information on deer management can be found at www.mndnr.gov/deer.
I’m thankful for many things this Thanksgiving including healthy family members, good friends and enough of everything I need. I’m also thankful for all of the wilderness places we can go to reflect on just how lucky we are. If you live in Minnesota then you can visit a State Park for free on Black Friday, get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Happy Thanksgiving!
It won’t be a white Thanksgiving but it can be a green Thanksgiving if we follow some of the suggestions from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. There is some great information about cutting down on food waste and other things you can do to help the environment. I learned how to store fruits and vegetables to make them last longer so hopefully I’ll have less spoiled food so I too can cut down on waste. Here’s wishing you a green Thanksgiving.
Simple ways to cut food waste
Of all the stuff we throw away in Minnesota almost 18 percent is food.
Wasted food represents wasted demand for water, land, and fuel. A more concrete way of thinking about this, however, is money: A family of four can save more than $30 a week by making changes in how they shop, prepare, and store food.
What would you do with $30 a week?
Whatever your answer, here is the how-to, with extra tips for holiday parties and meal planning. Most importantly, make a commitment–right now–to try one of these techniques in the kitchen this year. Which one will it be?
Before the meal
1. Make a list with meals in mind. Create a shopping list based on specific meals. Choose recipes based on what you already have at home. Try out this Meals in Mind shopping list template from the Food: Too Good to Waste toolkit.
2. Get help with portion planning. The fear of not providing enough to eat often causes hosts to cook too much. A handy tool for party planning is the “Perfect portions” planner from Love Food Hate Waste, a U.K. nonprofit that focuses on sharing convenient food reduction and reuse tips.
3. Keep fruits and vegetables fresh by prepping ingredients for the week as soon as you get back from the store. Use both this fridge-friendly smart storage guide and A-Z storage guide from Eureka Recycling to extend the life of produce.
During the meal
4. Use small plates and utensils. Simple tricks of using smaller serving utensils or plates can encourage smaller portions, reducing the amount left on plates. It is much easier and more hygienic to use leftovers from serving platters than from individuals’ plates.
5. Allow guests to serve themselves, choosing what and how much they would like to eat. This also reduces the amount of unwanted food left on plates.
After the meal
6. Refrigerate leftovers promptly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that hot foods be refrigerated within two hours after cooking. Store leftovers in smaller, individually sized containers, making them more convenient to grab for a quick meal.
7. Designate foods to eat first. Download and print this Eat First sign so that everyone knows and remembers.
8. Create new meals. Check out Love Food Hate Waste’s creative recipes for using your food scraps to create new meals. Boil vegetable scraps and turkey carcasses for stock and soups, and use bread crusts and ends to make tasty homemade croutons.
9. Compost food scraps. If you have access to a yard, you can start composting in your backyard (even in the winter!). Apartment and condo residents can consider composting indoors using red worms. Better yet, some Minnesota communities offer curbside pick up or drop sites for food waste–see the list of communities here. If you see your area listed, contact your city, county or garbage hauler to see what’s available.
10. Donate extras. Food banks and shelters welcome donations of canned and dried foods, especially during the holiday season and colder months. For a list of Twin Cities programs, visit Rethink Recycling’s page on food recovery.
“Mining companies are unable to point to a sulfide mine that has not polluted.” “In 2010, the metal mining industry was responsible for 41 percent of all toxins released into the environment.” “Additionally, a loophole in the Clean Water Act allows mining companies to dump waste into wetlands.”
The above statements were found on the Mining Truth website.
Those are scary statements even if they are only half-true(I haven’t done any research and have no reason to doubt the validity) I’m just saying WOW!
Time is running out and your voice needs to be heard. If you enjoy the BWCA, fishing, wildlife and clean drinking water then you need to help protect the environment. You can help, here’s how.
The following is a letter I received with some important information.
File your objection to PolyMet’s risky plan.
Despite years of citizens raising concerns about the impact PolyMet would have Minnesota’s clean water legacy, PolyMet’s plan hasn’t changed much at all. Considering that Minnesota’s clean water is at stake, PolyMet is not worth the risk.
Thousands of Minnesotans have raised reasonable questions about PolyMet’s potential for pollution with regulators. We’re disappointed that in each case, the latest version of PolyMet’s plan fails:
Predictions about where PolyMet’s polluted water would spread are not backed up by independent science. Only private contractors who stand to benefit if PolyMet is permitted have run the water models used to predict where pollution would flow.
PolyMet proposes storing billions of gallons of toxic mine waste behind a forty year old leaky dam. That’s the same approach that ended in disaster at the Mount Polley mine in Canada.
There are not detailed plans for securing a damage deposit sufficient to protect taxpayers from being stuck with a massive cleanup bill.
PolyMet would require treatment of polluted water “indefinitely” after closure. “Indefinitely” is a delicate way of saying “forever.”
Tell government regulators not to accept PolyMet’s risky plan – file your objection right now.
Minnesota can’t risk our clean water legacy like this. If we don’t speak up for Minnesota’s water now, we could lose it for the generations that follow. Take action today.
Friends of the Boundary
Minnesota Center for
1101 West River Parkway, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55119
What an honor to have the Ham Run Half-Marathon on the Gunflint Trail recognized as “the” race in Minnesota. It was recently named as one of the 50 Best Races in America! Congratulations Cook County YMCA. If you haven’t ran it then make this the year.Minnesota: Ham Run Half Marathon
Distance: Half marathon, 5K
For runners who want to unplug and abstain from the post-finish-line selfie, the Ham Run Half Marathon is for you. Deep in the Superior National Forest, there’s no cell service along the course, so it’s just 200 runners sweating it out in nature, no hashtags needed. The race follows the same route the Ham Lake Fire burned through in 2007, and it’s miles from civilization—quite the change-up from Minnesota’s more well-known Twin Cities Marathon. Even if you’re deeply attached to your iPhone, it’s worth trekking into the wilderness for the race’s scenic views. The fire route passes through the Gunflint Trail and ends at the Way of the Wilderness Canoe Outfitters, where finishers are offered all the ham and fixings their hearts desire.
Overnight the water on the Seagull River turned into ice. It was liquid on Saturday and Sunday it was solid. The temperature hasn’t gotten above freezing since the 19th and it dipped down to 11 degrees last night. That’s the coldest temperature we’ve had so far I believe. The small ponds are beginning to ice over as well. With temperatures like this it won’t be long until all of the lakes on the Gunflint Trail have ice on them.
The traffic we encounter in Cook County is minimal to say the least. Even on the busiest of summer days we don’t have anything to complain about. Our population even with every resort and hotel filled pales in comparison to traffic in metro areas. The slowest drivers, people stopped in the middle of the road to look at moose, the leaf lookers and those hauling a trailer and boat are no match for what you find in the cities.
Sixty miles on the Gunflint Trail takes a little more than an hour to drive. It can be a bit longer with “traffic” but there are no stoplights or merging traffic entering the roadway to slow you down.
Driving in Florida this past week I encountered traffic. Stoplight after stoplight, ramp after ramp and vehicle accidents galore made for painfully slow travel. Twenty to forty miles per hour on the Interstate was as fast as I could go and only for short bursts before I had to stop again.
It’s always fun to vacation different places but I’m always thankful to return home, especially when there’s no traffic!
It’s that time of the year again!Northern Cook / Northern Lake, Cook County Winter Weather Advisory issued November 19 at 3:24PM CST until November 20 at 12:00AM CST by NWS Duluth
Issued: Thursday, Nov 19 at 03:24 pm
Expires: Friday, Nov 20 at 12:00 am
…SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW CONTINUES INTO TONIGHT ACROSS NORTHERN
.SNOWFALL CONTINUES TO FALL ACROSS NORTHERN MINNESOTA WITH BLOWING SNOW
REDUCING VISIBILITY TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. WHILE
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE LIGHT…REGARDLESS OF SNOWFALL AMOUNT THE
BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR TRAVELERS THROUGH
THIS EVENING. SNOWFALL PACKED ON ROAD SURFACES WILL BECOME ICY
TONIGHT…ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST
* LOCATIONS…NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 2…INCLUDING THE IRON RANGE
CITIES…INTERNATIONAL FALLS…ELY…AND THE GUNFLINT TRAIL.
* TIMING…THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 3 INCHES.
* SUSTAINED WINDS…WEST 15 TO 25 MPH.
* WIND GUSTS…UP TO 35 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES…A HALF MILE TO A MILE AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS…SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS CAN BE EXPECTED…
PRODUCING WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW. SNOW WILL LIKELY CAUSE SOME TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES… AND PEOPLE TRAVELING SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED AND SLICK ROADS WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES. USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.
Someone found a camera on a portage in the BWCA and wants it to find its owner. Here’s the scoop from Kare 11!Camera lost in BWCA needs its owner Dana Thiede, KARE 3:47 p.m. EST November 16, 2015
HASTINGS, Minn. – If a picture is worth a thousand words, a camera that was dropped in the Boundary Waters late last summer has a lot to say.
A man from Hastings was walking a portage between Low and Dry Lakes over Labor Day weekend when he found a camera in a camouflage waterproof case laying in the trail. The camera inside is a white Nikon Coolpix with more than 100 pictures on it, most of them chronicling the trip the owner and three of his buddies were on before he lost it. There are also some photos of a wedding the owner attended.This picture was found inside a camera lost in the Boundary Waters over Labor Day weekend. The person who found it wants to get the camera back to its rightful owner. (Photo: KARE)
The person who found it isn’t too tech savvy, so he gave the lost camera to his assistant so she could find the owner. She, in turn, contacted KARE 11. Take a look at these photos, and if you know anyone in them contact KARE 11 by emailing email@example.com. We’ll help get the camera back in the rightful owner’s hands.