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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: March 2006
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3/31/06 - Spring is arriving with a vengeance here at Sawbill. The last week has been very warm and finished with two days of pouring rain. Our snow went from nearly 20 inches on the ground to about 8 inches in just two fast days. At this point, it looks like we're on track for an early ice out. That said, this is Minnesota, so the weather could turn and stay cold for several more weeks. - Bill

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The warm sun has opened up some bare ground in a few spots.

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Sawbill Lake is still covered with 20+ inches of ice and snow. Travel is safe now, but for how much longer?

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Despite super-fast melting, we still have a way to go before the store can open for the season.

3/17/06 - Clare and I just returned from a quick visit to Missoula, Montana. Clare has been accepted to the University of Montana and we cashed in some frequent flyer miles to check it out. We spent one day touring the campus and discussing Clare's upcoming journey of the mind. We spent the next day touring Snowbowl Ski Area on Big Sky Mountain by snowboard and shredding the gnarly terrain. If Clare doesn't decide to attend the U of MT, I might! (joke) Missoula is a nice little city with more than 3 million acres of wilderness within a hundred mile radius. We found the people of Missoula to be uniformly friendly and helpful. - Bill

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Clare posing with the famous U of Montana Grizzly.

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Clare contemplates the 2600' foot vertical drop to the chalet far below.

3/1/06 - Last weekend, Cindy and I received an invitation for dinner on Alton Lake. Our gracious hosts were the infamous Consortium, Sawbill area wilderness travelers for three decades. We ended up being late. We got a late start because we were waiting for chocolate chip cookies to come out of the oven. We were skiing down Alton when we spotted a fire across the lake. We skied a mile out of our way only to discover that the site was occupied by friendly, if somewhat puzzled, strangers. We turned around and headed back south on a very dark, snowy, and windy lake. Eventually we arrived to be greeted with generous portions of "grog" and soup.

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The Consortium: (l-r) George McNary, Bob Glowacki, Rich Hill, Denny Wiederholt, and Pete Cummings aka HMFIC (His Majesty First In Command) on the shore of Wonder Lake.


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