|Boundary Waters Canoe Area- The Ultimate Outdoor Experience|
March Newsletter 2011
After 30+ days of sub-freezing temperatures, it finally crept into the 40’s in late February. Winter’s grip is loosening up a little and I don’t know about everyone else but I have a slight case of spring fever.
Luckily, Wilderness Journey has been busy talking about warmer months in the Boundary Waters at the tradeshows. People from all walks of life, casually stroll the aisle and the lucky ones stop to hear an adventure story or two. The Outdoorama was thee best show ever! This month we are also at The Quiet Water Symposium in Lansing on the March 5th and then onto the Ultimate Sports Show in Grand Rapids from March 17th -20th.
Anyone who thinks that they would be interested please come to the shows or call/email us and we will go over all your options. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with an experience of a lifetime…comfortably!
What will this season bring? …more trophy fish…more incredible wildlife encounters…and maybe more incredible celestial events! It just hit me today that our first trip is only 3 months away and I am very excited it’s going to be another incredible season. Read the newsletters with trip reports. We have a great story to feature this month- this trip had a bit of everything! Check it out it will give you a great idea what the Boundary Waters can provide. We also included a link to a trip report of an incredible wildlife encounter and a trip report of one of the best fishing trips of 2010.
Want to join a group?
In bookings this year, we are going to try something a little different. We have a few small groups of people who are interested in joining other small groups. In doing so, we will be able to give the show discount to the entire group. We will try to match the groups to be compatible with each other. This is something that we are really interested in…getting new people with similar interests to meet each other on a wilderness adventure. After all, variety is the spice of life. All interested people please contact us.
This special is offered during the whole show season. You do not have to have to attend a show to take advantage of this great deal!
ALL Equipment, Fresh Food & a Guide included!
4 days $440/person
5 days $528/person
Ask about our Military Special
The Outdoor shows are here! We encourage anyone who has booked a trip or is interested in doing so to visit us at the Wilderness Journey booth so we can go over your routes and trip options. Of course any past clients please come by and say hello. We will be having past clients helping us at all our shows, so if you want to ask someone that has actually been on trip with Wilderness Journey any questions they will be there to answer any questions and give any advice.
Mark Your Calendar
The Quiet Water Symposium (Lansing) March 5, 2011
Grand Rapids Sport Show (Grand Rapids) March 17 - 20, 2011 Booth 1151
Tow boat packages for those that have time constraints or a slight aversion to physical activities
Deluxe Packages providing gourmet meals where each client will have their own personal guide.
We have new packages, new routes and all sorts of new equipment to make your trips ASAP.
The BWCA permit lottery started on December 1st and ended January 15th. We had quite a few groups book early to take advantage of the lottery system . The SNF now books on a first come- first serve basis.
We woke to the end of an all night rain. By the time Tom put on his rain gear the rain subsided. The plan was for Ellen and Jeremy go exploring and Tom and I go catch lunch. The action was looking pretty good until I hooked on to a 14” Smallmouth. I swear the smallest fish are the most dangerous. When I dragged the fish to the canoe and got down to lip it, it swung its head in a wild fashion and buried the hook into the pad of my index finger. It really went nuts to ensure a deeply set hook. I let out a yelp and told Tom we had a problem. We hurried to shore where Tom removed the hook from the lure then we decided to head back to camp to extract it. Once we arrived at camp we made a call with the walkie talkies and asked the others to come back and help us out. We took some photos then we assessed the situation. We decided to use the rope method, when I asked someone to volunteer to yank the hook out Tom was way too eager to volunteer. Nobody else wanted to do it, so Tom cut all of the exposed hooks off and wrapped the rope around the remaining hook he looked at me and I said pull it like you’re starting a lawn mower. Within a split second the hook was out and I swear Tom was smiling. We cleaned it up and laughed it off.
We all took naps except Tom who spent 1 ½ hour untangling the birds nest out of his reel. After we ate pork loin & dirty rice for lunch, the wind settled down and we hit the bay for the evening outing. We were slamming the fish. By the time the sun went down, we caught 29 fish including a 19” Smallie… Toms largest ever. When we reached camp, Jeremy & Ellen had a fire going, always a welcome sight. We were all settled and sitting around the fire when we heard a faint howl, we all walked out from underneath the tarp and realized the wolf was on the beach. Then we heard another howl that was so close it sounded like it was on the island with us. Then we heard another pack far off in the distance. Along with the howls, we heard loons wailing, beavers slapping their tails and barred owls hooting. Then if it couldn’t get any better the Perseids meteor shower started. We all laid on a rocky outcropping drinking hot chocolate and staring into the heavens watching the meteors streaking across the night sky while the wildlife chorus unfolded before us. All was quiet when Tom whispered, “When Ramsey delivers he really delivers.” We all slowly slipped off to the tents. What an incredible day!
You can read the rest of the trip report on our website- December 2011 newsletter.
Other spectacular newsletters from the 2010 season
Fishing - A Fishing Trip of Legendary Proportions
Wildlife - The Shatz’s Trip
Common ravens are actually rather remarkable animals. These sleek, black birds are excellent and acrobatic fliers on par with falcons and hawks. Such aerial skills are on display during breeding season, when exciting mating rituals include an elaborate dance of chases, dives, and rolls.
These intelligent birds were honored by Native Americans and often portrayed as sly pranksters for their playful nature.
Known as scavengers, ravens are also effective hunters that sometimes use cooperative techniques. Teams of ravens have been known to hunt down game too large for a single bird. They also prey on eggs and nestlings of other birds, such as coastal seabirds, as well as rodents, grains, worms, and insects. Ravens do dine on carrion and sometimes on human garbage.
In winter, common ravens may gather in flocks to forage during the day and to roost at night. During the rest of the year, they are often coupled, or in small groups. Ravens are believed to mate for life. They build large, stick nests in which females lay three to seven eggs each spring. Both parents care for their young, which remain dependent for several months.
Common ravens typically vocalize with a croaking sound, but they boast a wider repertoire of calls.
Ravens are the largest passerine (perching) birds in North America. They were once exterminated as pests thought to constitute a threat to game birds and domestic animals. Today, populations are expanding, and the birds are a familiar sight across the Northern Hemisphere from the icy Arctic to the Mediterranean and in urban areas as well.
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