Voyageur Quote: "Who would believe something rotting could smell so good?  Yet the fallen leaves blanketing the forest floor bring gladness to my heart and comfort to my soul."  Siouxzanna 



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Golden Moments





Boundary Waters Wilderness

It's Better Outside














     It seems difficult to believe August is over and September has come and will soon be gone.   We couldn't have asked for more perfect paddling weather in August or the first three weeks of September.

     While the average day time temperature has felt warmer than normal it is really just average.  It appears as though 62 degrees is an average average for September high day time temperatures.  Our current high average is at 62.13 degrees and four years of the past twelve years have had 62 something degrees as the average high.(2007-62.06, 2003-62.75, 2002-62.29, 2001-62.81, 2000-62.65).   

     The wind and rain have been normal for this time of year too.  We've only had a couple of inches of rain in September compared to our over 16 inches of rain last September.

     It doesn't matter if it's sunny, cloudy or raining outside, its always a good time to be on the Gunflint Trail.


Voyageur Crew 2008 

Voyageur Crew 2008







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Summer Staff- The Voyageur Crew has come and gone for another summer at Voyageur.  It is always awkward and difficult to say good-bye when it's time for them to leave.  For three months, you work together, eat together, live together and then they leave.  Empty nest syndrome after every season.  We love our staff and feel so lucky to have them in our lives even though it is only for a short time. They did an incredible job at Voyageur and were incredible people to be around.  I am biased but read what one of our guests had to say. 

Mike, Sue and the Crew;   Got home last night to Indianapolis and wanted to again say thank you for a great week in the BWCA.  You are a real credit to your profession.  Your staff was outstanding, going out of their way to be helpful and friendly.  Your facilities and equipment were great. Sincerely;  Bill Grossman 

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October Paddling- No bugs, no people, and no entry permits needed for canoe trips into the Boundary Waters or Quetico Park.  Come take advantage of this awesome time to paddle and experience wildlife and fishing in a wilderness of your own. 


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Dog Days- The family pet has become more than just a pet these days and people are reluctant to leave their cherished family member home.  I'm included in the latest trend to bring my dog everywhere I go, canoe trips included.  

     All dogs are not created equally and all dogs aren't meant to go on canoe camping trips in a wilderness area.  I get some strange looks from people when they see Rugby riding on a pack in my canoe or on top of the kayak.  He doesn't look like a woodsy dog since he's known as a lap dog, but he is a true wilderness tripper. 

     Weighing less than 15 pounds Rugby is an ideal canoe dog.  Heavier dogs can cause problems in wavy or calm conditions if they choose to make a sudden move.  When Rugby moves it is barely detectable.  Since he is such a small dog carrying his food along for a short or long trip is not an issue.  He can easily carry his own or we pack it in with ours and don't even notice the added weight.  Since he doesn't eat much he doesn't leave much of a trace when he does need to "potty."  It's easy to pick up after him and he is trained to do his duty in the woods and not right on a portage trail or at a campsite.

     He has wilderness savvy and takes care of himself.  He can fit beneath the canoe seat to get into some shade or out of the rain.  He keeps the chipmunks and red squirrels out of our campsite and cleans up any crumbs we may have dropped.  He knows the different sounds of the woods and doesn't bark at every small noise.

     I feel comfortable bringing Rugby along on my canoe adventures because I know he will behave.  Be sure to think about how your dog will respond on a canoe trip so he or she doesn't spoil your adventure or anyone else's.      


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Boundary Water Cooking

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Canoe Country Cooking-

     My idea of cooking on a canoe trip is unwrapping something before I eat it.  However, most people I paddle with prefer to eat at least one decent meal a day.  I allow them the luxury of preparing as many meals as they wish, as long as I'm not involved!

     One thing I do insist upon when menu planning for a canoe trip is the inclusion of tortillas.  Tortillas are my favorite camping food because they are so versatile and can be used for any meal. 

     One of my favorite breakfasts is a breakast burrito.  Depending upon your mood you can put anything you like in them from eggs, bacon, sausauge, cheese and any vegetable you so choose. 

     Peanut butter and jelly on tortillas makes a great snack or lunch.  They don't get squished like bread does and they take up way less space in your pack.

     Mike likes to make a Mexican Dinner with the freeze dried Mexican Rice with Beef.  He prepares some black beans, adds some salsa and cheese and we have terrific burritos for dinner. 

     Those are just a few of the ways to enjoy tortillas while camping, or anytime for that matter.  Dessert is as easy as butter, cinnamon and sugar on a tortilla or some cream cheese and cut up fruit heated up in a fry pan.  Cheese quesadillas, meat and cheese wraps or just plain tortillas are a great addition to any canoe camping menu.

     Perhaps the best part about using tortillas in your next outdoor adventure?  The tortilla is not only the meal, but also the plate.  No dishes needed, it just doesn't get any better than that.


Quetico Park Fishing 

Bass Fishing and Bat Catching


Fishing:  It's something most of us have done one time or another.  We look inside our catch to see what the fish has been eating. 

     Jim Amstadt caught a beautiful smallmouth and took a look inside to see what it's most recent meal was.  He saw a crayfish and something black.  He took his needlenose, removed the black and saw that it was a bat covered in slimy digestive juices.

     I've heard of minnows, crayfish, bigger fish and even a mouse being found inside of a fish before.  But a bat inside of a bass was a new one to me.

     Got anything stranger?  Let me know, I'd love to hear it.




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  Mike, Sue and the Voyageur Crew