January 18, 2012
Finally getting some winter-like temperatures. Negative 10 this AM and possibly colder tomorrow. Still no negative 20’s or 30’s this year. We are still getting very small amounts of snow, but snowshoeing is not an option yet. The lake skiing is still fabulous, but walking the portages is reccomended. Yesterday, my daughter Zoe and I took a 4 hour trip down the Kawishiwi River, no slush with excellent travel conditions. With such low water, we were able to ski on the edge of the rapids on shelf ice, we only had to use the portages twice. We really need snow or spring rains to get the water levels back to near normal. There is little or no soil moisture, and there has been smoke reported from the Pagami lake fire that started last summer.
Folks staying at Sundew last week were lucky enough to see 5 wolves out on the pond! Other than the wolves, all we have seen is deer and the Pine Martens. The bird feeder have a few new arrivals, namely Pine Grosbeaks, Goldfinches and Red Polls.