The Three Supermoons of 2014

In 2014, the July full moon presents the first full moon after the June 21 solstice (the longest day of the year). In the North Country we often call this full moon the “Buck Moon” because around this time of year, buck deer start growing antlers.

This summer, the July full moon is the first of three full-moon […]

The Three Supermoons of 2014 2014-06-17T11:34:10+00:00

The Chicago Tribune – The Trip North: Doing it the right way

By John Husar

We were heading to the airport from a five-day sojourn in the U.S. – Canadian boundary wilderness when I asked our outfitter for tips. Not for a trip like ours, which was perfect, but for folks who might be thinking of their own canoe-camping voyage in the north.

There was a long, pensive silence […]

The Chicago Tribune – The Trip North: Doing it the right way 2017-12-06T17:52:35+00:00

Fly-Fishing through Mid-Life Crisis

By Howell Raines

Chapter Three

(Excerpt)

Sometimes we need to be close to the earth and feel its true age and contemplate its real history. We need to contemplate, as well, the history of man’s imaginings about the earth.

The earth, for example is 4.5 billion years old. Lakes were created, and as the granite resolved itself into soil, […]

Fly-Fishing through Mid-Life Crisis 2017-12-06T17:52:37+00:00

Fly, Rod & Reel: Boundary Waters Bass A pristine smallmouth heaven – two days from anywhere

BOUNDARY WATERS BASS: by Howell Raines
In northwestern Ontario, not far from where the Tuck River empties into Crooked Lake, there is a large shallow bay of 1,000 acres or so which straddles the US-Canada border.  From the Canadian ranger station on Lac La Croix, it is possible to reach this part of Crooked Lake in […]

Fly, Rod & Reel: Boundary Waters Bass A pristine smallmouth heaven – two days from anywhere 2017-12-06T17:52:37+00:00

The New York Times – Finding A New Affection For Pike

By Howell Raines

ELY, Minn. — For the third year in a row, my sons and I ventured into the wilderness lakes north of this town with our fly rods and with our hearts free of suspicion that anything would come between us and our beloved smallmouth bass. Enter the northern pike, […]

The New York Times – Finding A New Affection For Pike 2017-12-06T17:52:37+00:00

New York Times – Outdoors: A Paradise Found In The Minnesota Wilderness

NEW YORK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 –

OUTDOORS
By Howell Raines

Over the years, I have learned the hard way that from the standpoint of the fly fisherman, not all wilderness outfitters are created equal. So when I got ready for a long-anticipated trip into the Quetico/Superior wilderness, I took some care in choosing among the firms located in […]

New York Times – Outdoors: A Paradise Found In The Minnesota Wilderness 2017-12-06T17:52:37+00:00

2012: A Peak Year For Northern Lights

Experience nature’s 2012 spectacular!
Nasa predicts brightest northern lights display for 50 years

Northern LightsIt is nature’s most mesmerizing lights show and it’s about to get a whole lot better.

The solar cycle takes an average of around 11 years to go from one solar maximum to the next – varying between […]

2012: A Peak Year For Northern Lights 2017-12-06T17:52:37+00:00

About the Pagami Creek Fire

You may have heard about the forest fire near Ely, Minnesota in the BWCA in the fall of 2012, the Pagami Creek Fire.  The Forest Service initially opted to let the fire burn naturally, since the forest does need to burn once in a while, but then the fire grew a bit faster than anticipated […]

About the Pagami Creek Fire 2017-12-06T17:52:37+00:00
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