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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: May 2004
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5/31/04 - Resident meteorologist Frank Hansen reported that Sawbill has received 1.82 inches of in the last 24 hours, and it is still raining! According to Frank this is the most rain we have received in a 24 hour period in several years. Rain rain go away and come again some other day!

If you called several days ago to see if we had found your digital camera accessories, please call us back because we think we have the box of accessories you were looking for. - Dave

Dave, Sonya, and Pat take a breaking from canoe repair.

5/29/04 - I awoke at 5 a.m and traces of fog visible through my window urged me to rise early. I began trotting towards the landing with a canoe on my shoulders and a paddle in hand when I caught site of the lakes mirror smooth surface. Sawbill was layered in fog making it hard to distinguish where the water ended and air began. A juvenile bald eagle eyed me as it scanned the shoreline for a meal, its molted coat catching the golden rays of the pre-dawn light as it flew.

Paddling North the bow of my canoe pierced the lake's glassy surface. A loon preened and stretched it wings before diving for a fish. Its mate sat near by keeping a single speckled egg warm and safe. Loons mate for life and take turns guarding their nests and looking for food. Floating in the silence, my mind wandered back to the pairs courtship dance and haunting calls I witnessed a few days ago. With some diligent parenting and a little luck there will be three loons leaving Sawbill in the Fall. - Dave

A loon on its nest on sawbill Lake

Sunrise on Sawbill Lake

5/28/04 - Memorial Day Weekend arrived this morning in typical fashion, with several groups jockeying to be the first out the door and on the water at 7 a.m. They are enjoying a truly beautiful day today in the north country, so I can't blame them for being eager. The sky is robin's egg blue, the water is azure, and the trees are fresh green. The leaves are just beginning to peek out. This is one of the latest summer onsets in recent memory.

Despite cold water temperatures (50 degrees at the surface yesterday), walleye fishing is starting to pick up--mostly males caught so far. The northerns are biting well, too, although it seems like the smaller sizes are more active. A few early butterflies have appeared, the warblers are singing their hearts out, and yesterday I saw two beautiful rose breasted grosbeaks. Their song sounds like a robin that has had musical training.

Some brand, spanking new canoes for your paddling pleasure?

5/15/04 - Last night at 12:01 the Minnesota fishing season started. Yesterday we had several groups head out to their favorite fishing spot ready for that first cast of the year. The temperature dropped below freezing again last night and the puddles around the store were frozen this morning when I woke up. Clear sunny skies soon unveiled a beautiful day for paddling and maybe a little fishing. Bill and I spotted a Pine Martin enjoying the morning sun. These lightening fast little predators are always a treat to see.

We have also added Online Reservation Forms to our website. Feel free to use these secure forms to make a reservation for your next trip.

- Dave

5/13/04- A storm caused our main phone lines to go out at approximately 5:30 PM last night. Bill was able to get the phones working again around noon today and the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since. We are sorry if our phone troubles caused you any inconvenience. Life in the woods is never dull! I guess having your phones stop working for a few hours is a small price to pay when you live a stone's throw from the BWCAW!

Waiting for your call,

- Dave

5/8/04 - For the first time ever, Sawbill is holding a huge used and overstock equipment sale in the spring/summer. This sale features a stock of unusual items which we will not be selling again for the foreseeable future, including solo canoes, three-person canoes, kids' and infant life vests, packs, paddles (canoe and kayak), rain gear, and loads of other stuff. Proceed to the Used Equipment Page for more information.

5/1/04 - The ice is out on Sawbill Lake. Today (May 1) is the statistical average for ice out on Sawbill Lake since records have been kept. How's that for exciting? Unlike most years, when the ice is totally finished off by a period of warm weather, the ice is receding slowly this year. Alton Lake still has a few inches of ice, and we assume the larger, northern lakes, like Cherokee and Little Saganaga, are still frozen. Baker and Kawishiwi Lakes are confirmed open.

As for us at the ranch, we spent the day detailing our new fleet of Wenonah MN2s, MN3s and Prisms, getting them ready for the rigors of rental. We are expecting Santa Claus to bring us some more shiny new boats next week from Souris River, Bell and Alumacraft.
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