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  Voyageur Quote: "March comes in with an adder's head, and goes out with a peacock's tail."  Richard Lawson Gales 

 

 

 

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Weather Report

The temperatures in February were fantastic.  Throughout the month we had daytime highs in the 20's and 30's and we even reached 44 degrees on the 5th.  We did have a couple of cooler days with February 17th seeing a daytime high of only 3 degrees and the 18th with a nightly low of 22 below, but other than that, temperatures were almost balmy for February on the Gunflint Trail.  We're still getting plenty of snow with a Valentine's treat of over 5 inches and on the nights of the 26th and 27th we added another 5-6 inches.  The forecast is for more mild temperatures and of course, more snow!  There is lots of snow everywhere making conditions perfect for enjoying the outdoor recreation opportunities on the Gunflint Trail. 

 

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Wildlife

Winter Birds:  There are a variety of birds frequenting our feeders every day.  We have a woodpecker that enjoys his special suet treat and numerous chickadees, whiskey jacks, nuthatches and grosbeaks come to eat throughout the day.  The kids enjoyed a recent trip up to Irv Benson's on Saganaga.  Irv has lived on Sag almost his entire life and enjoys feeding the winter birds.  He showed both Abby and Josh how to hold their hands out with bird seed and wait patiently for a chickadee to swoop down and land for a treat.  When one chickadee would flitter away another would soon take its place.  It's a sight to see and the kids could have fed them all day long.

 

  

 Kawishiwi River

 

 

 

  

 

What's New?

Snowmobile Trip- Valentine's Day found us snowmobiling from the North Shore near Lutsen all the way to Ely.  We travelled the beautiful Tomahawk Trail with four of our friends and spent the evening in a hotel.  We travel with our gear on our sleds, almost like portaging on a BWCA canoe trip.   I never used to enjoy snowmobiling, I preferred the silent sports of winter, but now I love it.  You can see so much wilderness territory and cover so much ground that you could never hope to see by snowshoe or cross-country skis.  Even though the machines are loud you still see wildlife and have time to yourself to ponder the beauty surrounding you.  We snowmobiled the next two days and put 369 miles total on our sleds.  We were lucky to be able to spend time enjoying the beautiful backcountry of Northeastern Minnesota.

Winter Tracks and Beargrease- This year's Winter Tracks is over and guests had a great time making tracks of their own on the Gunflint Trail.  The snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and sledding were enjoyed by many as well as dogsled rides, snowmobile poker rides and seminars by some great speakers.  The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is also underway and is scheduled to end late Wednesday night.

Milwaukee Sport Show-Mike and Sue will be attending the Milwaukee Sport Show this March 11-20th at the State Fairgrounds.  If you are in the neighborhood then be sure to stop by for a visit at booth 715.

 

 

       

 Cooke Custom Backpack

 

 

 

 

Product Review

CCS Backpack- These are a great canoe camping backpack by Cooke Custom Sewing.  They are made from a coated Denier Cordura and are very durable.  We have purchased all new packs for this season and have these packs for sale in our online Trading Post.  The number 3 pack is generally used for equipment and items that are heavier and less bulky.  The number 4 pack works great for 2 people's personal items including their sleeping bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skills

Camping Food- Winter is a great time to spend some time in the kitchen.  If you have some extra time then why not try dehydrating some of your own foods for the upcoming summer's camping trips?  Vegetables and fruits can be dehydrated at home as well as sauces and meats.  The Back-Country Kitchen by Teresa Marrone is a great book about cooking for the outdoors.  I found an excellent website with instructions and recipes for dehydrating all types of foods.

 

 

 Lake Trout

 

 

Fishing Report  

Our lodge guests have been experiencing success with a new way of baiting their tip ups for winter ice-fishing.  They have experimented with using 2 minnows instead of 1and the lake trout seem to like this different type of action.  Anglers on Saganaga and Gunflint Lakes are both having good luck with this new technique.  Be sure to check regulations in your own state to make sure this technique is legal.