The Tamaracks are golden and the last of the leaves are barely hanging on now! The loons have turned to their fall gray colors and some have headed to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts for the winter. The remaining ones won't be too far behind. The hearty Northwoods residents that stay, are stocking up for the winter.
We've wrapped up yet another season in the Canoe Country and now set our sights on next spring. There's plenty to do and enjoy in a Northern Minnesota winter for us but it's fun to look back at our memorable summer past. First and foremost, we thank each and every one of our guests that visited and vacationed with us this year.
This past season started much like the previous one, with a late ice out and plenty of water. We rarely got hot for any long stretch of time, had plenty of timely rain and actually wound up having a summer without a single fire restriction or ban. Fall gave us a truly fantastic show, both in colors and duration.
Three things that seem to stick in my mind from this past season were the high water...long into the season, the terrific blueberries & raspberries and some truly large northern pike.
All in all, it's been another successful year and we thank you again. Before you know it, the last of the snow will be melting away and canoes will be floating again. It's never to early to start thinking about your next canoeing adventure.
Around the Base
I always find it fascinating to watch the activity with the wildlife as fall wanes and winter approaches. Weather it's the giant feed pile in front of a beaver lodge as they stock up, the signs of whitetail deer or moose coming into the rutting season or just a chipmunk with cheeks like balloon full of food (probably looking to hide it somewhere in my garage), I'm impressed none the less.
One Boundary Waters local that has figured me out, however, is the Gray Jay (alias; Canada Jay, Whiskey Jack and Camp Robber). A pair that lives near my house has two or three young ones each spring. They hang around for a while getting readily available handouts (from yours truly) and seemingly vanish for the summer. Long about early-mid September, the young of the spring (fully grown now) return to the scene of the "freebies". And now, instead of me treating them to an easy meal, they're showing up at the living room window demanding (by tapping on the glass) said handouts! Some nerve!
Lesson number one...well intended handouts can easily become a Gray Jay's unintended entitlement if one's not careful!