Voyageur Quote: 
"No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength."  Jack Kerouac



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Weather Report

     September started out hot and dry and before we knew it there were four new fires burning in the Superior National Forest.  The USFS named the fires the East Zone Complex and it consisted of  Famine, Red Eye, Sumpet and Patriot Fires.  While these fires were not as big as the Cavity Lake Fire they still caused quite a commotion on the Gunflint Trail.  Officials were concerned with the safety of residents on the Gunflint Trail and residents on some nearby lakes were evacuated for their safety. 

     Thankfully Mother Nature gave us some cooler weather and rain during September so the fires and the evacuation didn't last long.  October started out warm but then the weather changed quickly by dumping over 6 inches of snow on us during the first half of the month.

     That snow melted pretty quickly and now we have received another couple of inches that just barely covers the ground.  Now that the lakes are beginning to freeze we can no longer paddle our canoes or go on the lakes in our boats so we may as well get some cold weather and get this winter started.       







Frosty Freddy

Diane Brown















 Wildlife Report:   Fall Hunting Season  Wildlife is always abundant on the Gunflint Trail, even during hunting season.  Ruffed Grouse were plentiful this year in spite of the healthy population of the red fox.  Just the other day I saw 6 grouse hanging around our driveway with Freddy not too far away.  I guess he must not like the taste of grouse or otherwise he would certainly have a feast.

     The deer hunt is still open on the Gunflint Trail and anyone who isn't picky about rack size can fill their tag.  Hunters are reporting seeing numerous young bucks chasing does around the forest.  You can't drive the Gunflint without seeing one or seven and if you aren't careful you may have one as a hood ornament. 

     The moose hunt came and went but not quickly enough for me.  I love the moose on the Gunflint Trail and get used to seeing them on an almost daily basis.  I always hope the season passes by quickly and spares my neighborhood moose.  They have been somewhat scarce so far this month but will soon be out licking the salt off of the roads.






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What's New? 

Property for Sale- Are you are looking for your own place in the woods?  If so, then take a look at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  There are two pieces of property for sale right next door on the Saganaga Lake Channel.  This prime location provides direct access into Saganaga Lake and exemption from the motor permit quota.  If you read the Blog often then you know how special of a place this is up here.  For more information about this real estate opportunity you can check out this website.

BWCA Permits Available- If you know the dates of your Boundary Waters trip for 2007 then you can take advantage of the lottery application process.  You may submit applications on the internet until 5pm CST on January 15, 2007.  If you choose to submit your application via mail or fax then the applications must be received by 5pm CST on January 10, 2007. You can download an application and reserve your permit by visiting the permit reservation website.  

The Boundary Waters Blog If you enjoy reading this newsletter then you are sure to enjoy the Boundary Waters Blog.  Every day there is a new entry for you to read.  You can find out what is happening in our neck of the woods, be kept up to date on Boundary Waters information and learn more about the East Zone Fire Complex..  We hope you will take the time to visit the blog and if you like it then please tell your friends. 




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Book Review: How to Have Sex in the Woods by Luann Colombo-  We never had to guess what people were chuckling about when they were standing in front of the book shelf looking guilty this past summer. It was our most popular book and in spite of the title, the book does contain information that has nothing to do with sex. There is information about animals, insects, and there's even recipes.  But mainly the book is filled with things that have to do with sex in the woods, thus the title.

      I'm not sure how useful I find some of this information nor do I think I will ever try any of her suggestions in the Boundary Waters.  Her recommendation for the use of a hammock could result in serious injury and I wouldn't want to be out in the wilderness trying to explain how I was injured.  But if you're interested then more power to you, give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we can ship one out to you.  It would make a great wedding, birthday or Christmas gift for that outdoorsy couple you know.



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Wilderness Skill: Telling Time Without a Clock-

       I have heard of  how to tell time with the sun before and while reading the book, How to Have Sex in the Woods, I came across the information again.  This does work for getting an idea of how much daylight is left and can tell you approximately what time it is if you know the time the sun sets.

  1. Hold your hand up at arm's length, with the pinkie along the horizon. 
  2. Count the number of hands(four fingers only) between the horizon and the bottom edge of the sun.
  3. Each hand counts for one hour, with each finger being fifteen minutes.

     Give it a try the next time you are outside and see how accurate it is.  After some practice you won't even need to wear a watch anymore.










Fishing:  G. Loomis Rods-   There isn't much to report on in the way of fishing or catching this time of the year.  The lakes are slowly freezing and most boats have been put away for the season.  Most everyone has probably put away all of their summer fishing gear too.  It's a good time of the year to take a look at what you have and buy what you need now when things are heavily discounted.  That way you will be ready to fish as soon as the ice goes off in the spring.

     If when you are putting your fishing poles away for the summer you notice you may need a new rod then please give us a call or drop us an e-mail.  We sell G. Loomis Rods here at Voyageur and if we don't have the specific one you want then we can always order one for you.  Some of you may be saying, "I don't need an expensive rod like a G. Loomis."  But if you have a stack of low cost rods sitting in the corner of your closet or garage that never make it to the boat then those are expensive rods too.

     If fishing is your passion then having the right equipment should be a priority.  It's the same with other hobbies such as golf or running, you invest more money in things you love to do.  Rod companies such as G. Loomis spend money researching different designs and components in order to produce high quality rods.  These lightweight rods have the best of everything on them and are so much more sensitive than a standard rod.  Can you catch a fish on a less expensive model?  Of course you can and you can even catch them with some fishing line tied around an aluminum can.  But if fishing is your passion and you are looking for a real treat, then go out and get yourself a G. Loomis Rod.





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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew