Friday, March 14, 2014
Last month we went to Wisconsin and brought home a rescued English Springer Spaniel named Chance. We have quickly adjusted to having a dog once again in our lives and Chance is happy to be free of pens and crates. He is quickly working on learning his obedience commands and should be ready to welcome visitors to our lodge this summer. However, we suspect that we may have a problem with keeping him out of Poplar Lake once the ice comes off.
Lat week we had a visit from another type of canine. We had a bucket of frozen minnows outside the shop that one of our guest gave us. When Chance and I when out to play fetch with a tennis ball the minnows and the bucket were gone! Lots of wolf tracks and a wild Chance. We followed the tracks out to the Gunflint Trail and saw here the wolf had decided to visit our neighbor.
Based on Facebook postings, there is a wolf that is actively looking for food at homes all along Poplar Lake. This photo has him eating from a bird feeder -- the date and time on the camera are not correct. Once our snow starts to melt the "wildlife" will retreat back into the wilderness. This winter's deep snow has everyone looking for easier places to walk like: plowed roads, snowmobile tracks and shoveled walkways. Meanwhile, everyone up here is advised to keep their pets close.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Saturday, December 14, 2013
We're in the middle of the Holiday Season and things have not managed to slow down much here at the Lodge. Our cabins are closed and the canoes are all put away for the winter but before we can get something done two more "jobs" seem to crop up for our "to do" list. A few of the little jobs that still require attention include: order outfitting food, update our Health Department License, clear the driveway so we can get a propane delivery, recharge the pressure tank for the lake water system, and update our website. However, one of our more important tasks is to relax and take advantage of the slow time to spend time together.
We had planned to do our family road trip last week but the unusually cold weather and a nearly empty propane tank has forced a change of plans. Our local weather have had nighttime temperatures in the negative teens and we have been lucky to get daytime temps above zero. We still get out several evenings a week to visit our neighbors but the Lakeside Apartment may become our refuge if the propane delivery doesn't happen soon.
Mid- January is a busy time for outfitters here on the Gunflint Trail. The BWCAW entry permits become available on a first-come-first served basis beginning at 9 am on January 29, 2014. We'll be busy helping people making trip plans and reserving entry permits. We certainly plan on enjoying our quiet time over the next four weeks.
Happy holidays to you and your family. We hope you get a chance to enjoy them as much as we do.