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July 3 Full Moon of extremes

You know it’s hot and humid when your sunglasses fog up just from breathing while you are wearing them.  You know it’s wet when Skipper is living at Skipper Lake and his house is an island.  You know it’s wet when the water comes into the greenhouse from underground and you don’t have to water the greenhouses for nine days.  You know it’s a real thunder banger when Balto has to come in the house.  It seems the whole country is in the throes of extremes and we are not getting left out.  Record heat and for rainfall we have had as much as we usually have by September.  As many of you heard, Duluth did suffer the most with our record rainfalls which all ran down to them.  Many washouts and damage but Duluth is open for business already.


The dog yard has all dried out and they are doing as well as they can with the heat.  Sometimes I get water from the creek and water their spaces and pour water over them.    Usually in the early mornings it is cool enough to still take a few for walks.  And, happy solstice everyone, now the days are getting shorter and we are moving in a good direction.   Lately I’ve been sharing all the antics of the dogs, but I was thinking about all the “good” dogs, the ones who don’t get so many stories written about them.   The ones who are just happy and good.  So here’s to them, like Val and Gabby and William and Sedona and Lemmikki and Odin and Wing and Ida and even little Sami.


The gardens are doing pretty well.  Some tomatoes, potatoes and squash got a little flooded and don’t know if they will really recover.  My sweet corn is about knee high and looks good.  Almost ready to eat some zucchini.  We also have not been left out when it comes to those cutworms that eat tomatoes; it is really fun to dig around in the dirt at the base of the plant and find them.   And lots of weeds; they like lots of rain and hot, darn.


The first kayak adventure course starts this week end and there are still openings on many of the dates listed under Trips: Kayaking.   It’s not too late to get in a great get-away for the summer.  And thinking of the days getting shorter, I am scheduling the winter dogsledding contract groups now.  If you have 6-8 folks who would like to take a week end (can also include men and kids) let me know.   The dates still available are under Trips: Dogsledding.


The nest of ravens at Thornapple (where the farm is)  seems to have been successful as we have ravens flying everywhere.  It appears like parents and youngsters and they are squawking out lessons constantly.  And they have started to come into the dog yard and if any dog doesn’t eat all of it’s food, they cautiously hop up and steal some.  It is fun to have them around and animal medicine says they can bring courage and that “you have earned the right to see and experience a little more of life’s magic.”


That seems fitting going into a summer of kayaking on the beautiful glacier-made lakes here.  The rocky shorelines with towering pine backdrops, the sound of waves lapping and loons calling, an eagle overhead, maybe a turtle sunning on a log,….   We all need time to rejuvenate and nature has proven herself.  From the Boundary Waters Journal, ” during the most stressful times in my life, nature can be an unbelievable source of strength.  We all need to be picked up once in awhile, and there is no better way than to immerse yourself in the beauty of the wilderness.”

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