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Happy Full Blood Eclipse (busy) MOON !

And we have been busy too!   Three Kayak Weekends in September and it was unbelievably beautiful warm, sunny weather for ALL three.  My heart and soul are full with the memories of paddling the pristine and inspirational Salo Lake and Petrell Creek.  How fortunate we are to have these nature gems right in our back yard.  And the Creek is a two foot higher water level than normal with our over ten inches of rain in the last couple weeks.  It has been a very fun month with really great guests who did wonderful with their kayak skills and paddling and really loved the huskies too.  On the very last paddle we were hanging out on Breda Lake and an eagle delighted us with diving into the water, soaring into the winds and coming very close and giving us great looks at her majesty.  Eagle medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Devine.  And I think we all felt that in that moment of time.

Kayaking on Petrell Creek

Kayaking on Petrell Creek

In the foreground of the picture is wild rice and we attempted to go ricing at the beginning of September.  However the water levels were too high and the rice was not very good this year so sadly, no rice.

 

It has been a great kayak season, full of meeting wonderful and interesting women and being able to share my passions for being active in the outdoors and nature.  Many thanks to all of you!  And to all of our wonderful helpers:  Lauren who is now back at St. Thomas, Lisa  who now has a new Labrador puppy, Laura, Christine, Sadie, Kate, Bobbi who is still working at Laurentian Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota and big time thanks to David.

 

I am still looking for the winter handler, hopefully to start sometime in November.  Please spread the word if you know someone who  loves dogs, outdoors and might like the adventure of a lifetime.  Here’s reflections from Lauren’s time as a handler this summer.  We will miss her and her good writing.   Also more on the web site under Working With Us.

 

“I still remember the first moment I felt like there was a connection between me and this place.  I was kneeling in one of the greenhouses in mid-June, working the soil with my hands, my back complaining about the crouching and kneeling I’d been doing all day.  But I was feeling perfectly content, and suddenly I was struck by the thought that my hands in this ground were like roots, holding me in place.

Over the summer I have felt an understanding between me and this place—it needed me and I needed it.  The gardens needed planting and watering, weeding and care; the yard needed upkeep; the dogs needed food and attention and love.  The entire place needed love.  I gave it the best I could, and have been loved very well in return.

I am only now fully realizing how much I needed to be here.  I’ve worked hard, but the entire summer has been, in many ways, a break; a break from the noise of my usual everyday life, literally and metaphorically.  Many times I’ve paused in whatever chore I was doing and just listened to how incredibly quiet it can be here.  And the rest of the noise of my life, the constant buzz of anxiety, the frustration of always feeling like I wasn’t moving fast enough to keep up with the world— that was gone too.

I settled into a new lifestyle with more relief than I ever would have thought.  The simple acts of planting things, nurturing them and watching them grow and change; of working hard and looking forward to my next meal, to the end of the day, when I could rest, tired but so content; a pace of life that was physically fast, but emotionally slow and steady— All of this was new to me, and it was incredibly refreshing.

At first, near the beginning of the summer, I second-guessed my decision to live here for three months.  Maybe I wasn’t strong enough.  But the longer I lived here, the more I came to realize that I was equal to the task.  I’ve grown into a better understanding of myself and my mental and physical abilities.  Being here has given me an incredible confidence boost— I’m leaving feeling more ready for whatever my life might throw at me than I have for a long time.

If you come here, you can expect to work hard.  But you can expect to be rewarded well for that work, receiving healing and contentment in areas of yourself you may not have realized needed to be fulfilled. “

 

We are having a Trails weekend  November  13-15.  I provide the Bunk-her, meals, sauna, husky time,…..  everyone welcome.  We spend time nipping and clearing deadfalls from the dogsled trails.

 

I have one weekend available Jan 1-3 that a group could still take.  An amazing way to start the New Year and if you have 6, it can be men and kids too.   There are also openings on March 11-13 and the Mother/Daughter March 18-20.   I am liking the predictions of good snow and not too cold.

 

It has been a warmer than normal fall and so 4 wheeler training has not started yet.  The dogs are going on lots of loose walks and really getting to stretch their legs.

 

The puppies are 5 months and really look like little dogs now.  They have been accomplishing the normal puppy tasks:  climb over the 4 foot fence and escape – we had to add 2 more feet of fence, take everything 3 feet and lower off the deck and run into the woods with it – no shoes, bags, sponges,….. left anywhere when they are loose,  connect their puppy teeth with my face and lip –  be very careful when bending down to pet them as most of the time they are also coming up with their mouth open and collision! – keep antibiotic salve and band-aids close,  finding any dogfood in any bucket or bag -put any dog food in the cabin….  our list of fun games, ie. retrain the human, goes on and on.   They do love running into the dogyard and playing with all the dogs and it is great socialization for them.  One funny thing that I have noticed is they all have black spots on their tongues.  Grandmother Kesha has them but only a couple of the other 11 offspring of Kesha have them.  They are loving to run loose on walks and are minding and coming very well.

 

Tulugak (Inuit for raven) shows off the little black spot on his tongue.

Tulugak (Inuit for raven) shows off the little black spot on his tongue.

Amaroq (Inuit for wolf) shows off the little black spot on her tongue.

Amaroq (Inuit for wolf) shows off the little black spot on her tongue.

 

 

And many thanks to Lisbet Bjorklund our guest last mushing season from Sweden who took some very nice pictures of the dogs for the web site.  And thanks to Matt Olson who put them onto the Meet The Dogs section.   I still have a couple to take but most are now on.

 

 

 

 

 

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