Morning Surprise

I glanced out the kitchen window Tuesday morning to see the scene above, a brilliant pre-sunrise wash of pink in the sky behind the bare branches of oaks and maples. It didn’t last long, this dawn display of color. It was just one of those fleeting moments of beauty that the natural world offers up…
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How’s Your Sense Of Direction?

    On a recent winter camping trip near Atikokan, Ontario, a couple of my friends tried an experiment. On a snow-covered and frozen lake, they closed their eyes and tried to snowshoe straight toward a pre-determined point for 100 strides. One of my friends almost immediately began curling to the right and ended up making a…
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New Rules In Quetico

The much-rumored changes in Ontarios Quetico Provincial Park are now real. New fishing regulations prohibiting organic bait have took effect Jan. 1 in the wilderness canoeing park just north of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Under the new rules, anglers must use only barbless hooks, according to Lisa Solomon, park biologist. Anglers may have…
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Into The Cold

    Four of us are taking off soon for a winter camping and lake trout fishing trip into Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park. Lows our first night in the woods are forecast to be 22 below zero. That’s Fahrenheit, not Celsius. We’ll have a wall tent and woodstove, so we’ll be toasty. But the coming and…
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No Traction

      That brief freezing rain the other night really slicked things up. It reminds me of a short conversation I had with a fellow runner one equally slippery day several years ago. As we passed on the street, I said to him, "We’re in the season of no traction." He replied, "It’s the…
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