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Blueberry picking time on the Gunflint Trail

You learn something every day so they say. Today I learned where the phrase, “Jumped the gun” came from. According to the world wide web, “This idiom refers to an athlete in a race who starts running before the starter

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Keeping Clean in the Boundary Waters

What I love about paddling and camping in the Boundary Waters is the ability to keep somewhat clean. The lakes provide all of the water you need to bathe unlike some hiking trips that never pass by a good water

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How to poop in the woods or the Quetico Park

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has fancy latrines at every campsite. This makes pooping in the woods very easy. The Quetico Park and many other wilderness areas do not have latrines. Some places make you pack your poop and

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Grouse attack on the Gunflint Trail

Have you ever been threatened by a grouse? They are small but fierce creatures who are very protective of their young. I have never been attacked by a grouse but I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t kept on my merry

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Muddy portage paths in the Boundary Waters

The Leave No Trace principle of not hiking on a muddy trail doesn’t work well if you’re on a portage in the Boundary Waters or on a thru-hike on some extensive hiking trail. In the BWCA you will encounter wet

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Isle Royale to welcome healthy wolves, researchers happy, moose not so much

This might be a better headline than the one Popular Science used to describe what is happening on Isle Royale with wolves. Their headline claims,  “A pack of wolves is about to save this national park.” A little bit dramatic

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Did you smell smoke?

There’s nothing like the smell of a campfire to evoke memories of s’mores and starlit nights in the wilderness. If you’ve ever been around a wildfire the scent of smoke could bring on thoughts of other not so pleasant memories.

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Summer Solstice on the Gunflint Trail

If you could spend the longest day of the year anywhere you wanted then where would it be? How about the Gunflint Trail? Imagine all of the things you could do with that many hours of daylight.  You could take

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Lightning flashes in the sky

1, 2, 3, 4 BOOM! Thunder rattles in the distance. Is the lightning four miles away? That’s what we used to say. Here’s what Becky Bolinger has to say on Earth Sky’s website. How far away was that lightning? You

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Life Vests only work if you wear them

News Release 06/12/2018 On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:41PM, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible drowning on Perent Lake, which is in northeast Lake County within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.    The reporting party

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