Here’s hoping for a clear sky tonight!
Space Weather News for Oct. 25, 2016
STRONG GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A strong “G3-class” geomagnetic storm is underway on Oct. 25th as Earth enters a fast-moving stream of solar wind. The arrival of the solar wind stream was predicted, but the intensity of the resulting storm is greater than forecast. Tonight, Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle should be bright, and the glow could descend t
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One of my favorite hikes is the Seagull Lake Nature Trail. The trailhead is at the entry point 54 landing into Seagull Lake at the Trail’s End Campground. There’s a brand new sign at this entry point that was just erected within the past month.
It’s a relatively short and easy hike through the 2007 Ham Lake Fire burn. It ends at the opening to Seagull Lake and provides a beautiful view of the BWCA. The little set of rapids provide the perfect backdrop for sitting on a rock enjoying the solitude of the surroundings.
When the sun is shining and it’s 57 degrees outside at the end of October it’s a perfect time to go for a paddle. And where’s the perfect place to go when you’re at the end of the Gunflint Trail? I know, there are many places to choose from but one of my favorite places to go when I’m short on time is the Seagull Lake palisades.
It’s a short paddle from the Seagull Lake landing to the palisades. It only takes about thirty minutes of canoeing past pine studded islands to reach the bottom of the cliffs. Then it’s a quick hike to the top for an amazing view of Seagull Lake and the surrounding shoreline.
Once you are at the top is when you wish you had more time. Time to take in the scene, ponder life and relax in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. But when the sun begins to dip beneath the trees it’s time to leave. And hope there will be another beautiful day to paddle the BWCA.
Sometimes people need a reason to go for a hike in the woods. I’m not one of those people. Spending time in the woods is enough incentive to get me hiking. Geocaching gets people walking in the woods and the more people who get out there the happier everyone will be. It’s because the benefits of spending time outside are so numerous that I have placed geocaches in numerous locations on the Gunflint Trail and in Cook County.
Right now I’m having fun with four different caches for Voyageur Brewing Company. There’s the Boundary Waters Brunette, Palisade Porter, Trailbreaker and a virtual photo cache for Devil’s Kettle. People can search for these caches and earn a free beer by bringing in a business card from the cache container. Each of the beers have their GPS coordinates printed on the beer label.
You can read more about this on the Facebook Event Page. I’m hoping a little reward will get more people into the great outdoors. The next time you’re looking for a reason or excuse to get outside check out geocaching.com and go find a hidden treasure.
If you only had a weekend to spend on the Gunflint Trail then what would you do? Sometimes people ask us this question and we have a difficult time answering it. Of course, the most rewarding thing to do is to take an overnight camping trip in the Boundary Waters.
Some people are not ambitious enough to prepare and plan for a BWCA canoe camping trip so we suggest spending the night at Voyageur. When guests stay overnight at our place they can take advantage of our towboat service and transportation to take incredible day trips into the Boundary Waters.
Sometimes the wind is an issue for paddling on the wilderness lakes. If that is the case then we suggest hiking in the Boundary Waters or on the Gunflint Trail. There are of course restaurants, gift shops scenic overlooks and many more incredible opportunities on the Gunflint Trail. There are way more things to do on the Gunflint Trail than there are hours in the day so come enjoy a weekend of fun on the Trail and plan to return again and again.
I’ve been a bit sad when I’ve driven the Gunflint Trail lately. While some trips on the Trail we’d see multiple moose we haven’t seen many lately. Today I talked to my neighbors who told me they saw not one, but two moose on the Gunflint Trail on their drive to town today. In addition to the moose they saw an otter crossing the road. This sounds like a great drive on the Gunflint Trail to me. I am hoping to see moose on my next trip on the Gunflint Trail. We hope you’ll see some on your next trip too!
The bird, nicknamed Matthew, miraculously escaped with no major injuries and should be released back into the Florida wild soon.
In life, sometimes you’re the grille, and sometimes you’re the Bald Eagle. Alright, so that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but it turned out to be true for an unlucky Bald Eagle in Florida this past weekend.
According to a Facebook post by Florida’s Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, a Bald Eagle had to be rescued from the grille of a Saturn after the bird collided with the car and got stuck in the vehicle’s lower air intake. Fortunately for the eagle, members of the Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue were able to safely remove the raptor. “The bird is alive and was turned over to the B.E.A.K.S. Wildlife Sanctuary,” the post said. “Great job by all involved.”
Perhaps what’s more amazing than the bird’s survival is the fact that the driver apparently didn’t notice hitting the bird in the first place.
Talking to CNN, B.E.A.K.S. owner, Cynthia Mosling, said that another driver at an intersection saw an “odd shape” in the vehicle’s grille and thought it was a decorative prop until the bird’s head moved. After chasing down the other car to notify its driver that America’s national bird was wedged in the front fascia, the good Samaritan dubbed the eagle Matthew for the Hurricane that had brushed Florida’s coast the day before.
In a follow-up interview with The Florida-Times Union on Monday, Mosling said that she was surprised that the bird, an adult male at least seven years of age, didn’t have any broken wings or a single broken bone. As of Monday, after having a bit of time to recover from the ordeal, Mosling said Matthew was eating and able to fly to some of the higher perches in his cage.
“He’s feisty now,” Mosling told The Florida-Times. “His wings are working.”
As soon as Matthew passes a flight test in a larger enclosure, Mosling says she’ll release him back to wild, where, if he believes in signs, he’ll immediately go buy a Powerball ticket.
Sometimes the things you hear make you shake your head in wonder.
CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) encountered a man who was proud of his new kayak as he was just going out onto a lake for a fishing trip. The man went on to explain he didn?t know how he was going to run three fishing rods out of his kayak since he wasn’t used to it. The officer then told him that he’d make his predicament a little easier since you can only use one rod at a time in Minnesota. Officer Fagerman also had to explain what kind of fish were in this particular lake and what the limits were as the man didn’t seem to understand the rules. The man did have a fishing license on him which at least is a better start than some encountered.