8/23/16 - Interpreting animal sign can be a fun way to get a wildlife fix without being lucky enough to catch them up close and personal.
8/23/16 - Wildlife sightings can be the cherry on top of any wilderness camping trip. Catching a glimpse of a 1,000 pound moose measuring six feet tall at the shoulder is quite the thrill, but if you aren't lucky enough to see one in the flesh the careful observer can often put together the story of animals who have already passed through. Portages and campsites are the perfect place to find tracks and scat left by these animals. It's pretty fun to imagine what it would have been like to be standing in the same place just a few minuets, hours, or possibly even years ago when the sign had been first left. -Jessica
Its fun to picture a black bear bumbling along the portage hours before I came along to snap this photo.
This moose skull was found on a campsite a couple days paddle from Sawbill. How did it meet it's demise? Hard to say, but it doesn't hurt to speculate.
8/21/16 - Nashville singer, songwriter Jerry Vandiver recently passed along this video featuring his "Leave No Trace" song.
8/21/16 - Nashville singer, songwriter Jerry Vandiver recently passed along this very nice video featuring his "Leave No Trace" song. The video was put together by the Leave No Trace Center and talks about the history and mission of their organization. Worth a watch. -Jessica
8/18/16 - How many places can you think of more romantic than the Boundary Waters? I bet many of us can agree its pretty hard to beat waking up to an early morning mist setting in over the lake, watching the colors of the sun reflecting off the clouds as it sets behind the horizon, or gazing up at some of the darkest night sky many of us will ever see.
Thom Stang must have been thinking along these lines when he decided to propose to Stephanie Morris during their 11 day canoe trip. The couple's friend, Joe, very carefully carried the ring in his pocket the first four days the distance to Little Saganaga lake. On the fourth day Thom popped the question and Stephanie has been transporting the ring on her finger ever since. -Jessica
Stephanie and Thom shortly after returning from their trip.
8/15/16 - The first few miles of the Sawbill Trail have been a summer training stop among competitive cross country skiers over the years. With the addition of another 10 miles of fresh pavement their training ground vastly expanded. Yesterday a group of at least 50 roller skiers made their way up the seemingly endless inclines as they traveled away from the shores of Lake Superior. Quite the sight to see. - Jessica
Caution signs were posted along their route.
Nothing but up hill and fresh pavement.
8/12/16 - The Olympic spirit is alive and well in the north woods. A few days ago we held our very own Sawbill Olympics. Teams of two, representing various countries, competed in a myriad of events. Semifinals included; bear rope rolling, calculating rental agreements, and a retail scavenger hunt. Participants were scored on speed and accuracy.
The gold medal event took place the following day between teams Denmark and Croatia. Each portaged their aluminum canoes from the store down to the landing, paddled in opposite directions around mouse island, and then quickly portaged back to the store. Medals were awarded to the following countries; gold to Denmark (Owen and Elena), silver to Croatia (Claire and Dan), and bronze to Finland (Cindy and Brian).
Many thanks to the Olympic committee for organizing the events and to the athletes for participating. - Jessica
The start of the gold medal race. Croatia on the left, Denmark on the right.
Neck and neck for the first leg of the race.
Team Denmark pulls ahead after rounding mouse island.
Mixed emotions from Denmark as they take home the gold.