March has been a month of relatively no snow; we are about 9″ below normal in snowfall. That said, we have had plenty for all the rest of the trips in spite of being very nervous many times the temps were in the 40’s.
And the remaining trips were wonderful. 6th graders from Great River Montessori School, folks from Colorado, Marylalnd, Australia, California, Missouri, Oregon and mothers/daughters & aunt and niece to end the season with some great adventures including a night walk out in the woods and lots of attention for Lydia and Finn. It was inspiring and a privilege to have everyone join us and we appreciate it.
Many many thanks to everyone who helped me this trip season. It was a joy to share trips with dear friends who love the dogs and Wintermoon and were such an asset with the groups. You are wonderful: DJ Erb, Chris Heeter, Chris Johnson/Claire Seekins/Wolf Moon Kennel, Cindy Gallea, Lynn Dohrmann, Renee Casey, Bobbi Zenner, Lynne Menturweck, Kim Keller, Sara Williams, Cassidy Gardiner, Mel Schneider, Laura Haack, Laura Heinisch, Laura Korynta, Alyssa Nelson, Alicia Hachfeld, Craig Johnson, David Olafson, Katie Ringer, Pam Thompson & Sherry Phillips. And many thanks again for all the wonderful gifts – alpaca socks, home-made mittens, earrings, leather bound journal, a great re-purpose journal, books, and lots of tasty treats & drinks.
Our first trip this summer is Yoga June 1-3 with Laura Haack. It is 4 wonderful yoga sessions at Petrell Hall, our delicious meals, sauna and time for hiking, relaxing, …. there is no yoga experience necessary. Laura from www.WildNorthYoga.com is also doing a Yoga and fly fishing for women on the Brule River April 13-15 and has a couple openings. I know it will be a very fun time. Contact her from the website.
We have a full summer of offerings: most weekends Kayaking in the Superior National Forest at Wintermoon Summersun. August 3-5 is Heart in the Earth – lots of outdoor/nature activities & speakers and Carpentry for Women is in June . On the website under Trips are dates and prices. It would be great to have you join us and share an adventure and time in nature.
The huskies had a good winter with so many youngsters getting miles on and spending time in lead positions. Willow, Nikolai, Koyuk, Sitka, Sven and Akiak all are doing well up front and I will be trying Mooz, Olga & Amaroq soon. The husky highlight of the winter was Lena and Mooz’s puppy Finn born at the end of December. Perfect timing for the most attention to be devoted, especially since he was an only pup. He is doing well and has a pen outside now that he spends about one third time, then one third out playing with all the other dogs who he loves and is fearless about going up to all of them and one third still in the cabin. He sleeps in the cabin, splitting his time with Lydia and me. Lydia loved being the retired cabin husky and everyone, especially all the children, reciprocated, giving her lots of attention and walks.
Thanks to everyone who let us know what Wintermoon was like for you and we are always open to suggestions. One of the mothers of the mother / daughter sent us this and info on a blog she wrote:
I’m hoping to send a real thank you soon, but I could not let another minute go by without writing. Since we pulled away from the dog yard, I’ve been thinking of you constantly and the magic of the weekend.Yes, the dogs were amazing and dogsledding was even better than I expected and I am contemplating adopting a retired sled dog named Finnegan from Ely (though I know we’re probably not the perfect home for him, so…). Every night, Beatrix and I talk about the dogs and what they might be doing.
But the world you have built, that’s the real magic. The sense of peace in the woods. the sense of purpose of your place. The books. The incredible people.
I did a blog post but it’s not quite the right description either:
I didn’t know how much I needed that weekend in my life. I definitely want more. Bethany