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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: January 2012
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1/31/12 - It continues to be winter here - if an odd winter. Instead of the usual snowfalls, we've been getting an inch or two every few days. We'll take what we can get. - Bill

Here is the latest edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

Clare and I found this moose antler a few weeks ago while grooming the ski trail. We had high hopes for finding the other one, but no luck.

1/25/12 - The U.S. Forest Service is accepting reservations for BWCA Wilderness entry permits starting today. The permit gives your group, of up to nine people, permission to enter the wilderness on a certain day at a particular entry point. Each wilderness entry point has a daily quota for how many parties are allowed in. Once enough reservations are received to fill the quota, no more permits are allowed for that day and entry point.

It's a good idea to reserve the permit as soon as your entry date and entry point are firm. The length of the trip, where you go once you are in the wilderness and how many people you have, can remain flexible.

You can reserve your permit at: or by calling toll free 1-877-550-6777. Or, if you prefer, just call us and we will reserve the permit for you. - Bill

1/19/12 - We woke up this morning to find that the thermometer was reading -20 F. This is the coldest temperature we've had in awhile. It was quite windy overnight too, so it's chilly this morning. Right after sunrise, we had an interesting phenomenon. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, but a light snow was falling. When the temperature is this low, the snow can condense right out of the air. It only lasted for an hour or so, but it added to an already beautiful outdoor scene, with the tiny snow flakes glinting like a million diamonds in the air.

Here is the latest edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

1/13/12 - Here is the latest edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

1/12/12 - Former Sawbill crew member, Max Wilson, became the father of a lovely baby boy early this morning. His name is Graham Hudson Wilson. He is 20" long and weighs 7 lbs 2 oz. Mother Marie, baby and father are healthy and doing fine. - Bill

Sawbill crew in 2030.

1/11/12 - Our friend, Jerry Vandiver, is a Nashville based songwriter who is working on a new CD that will be all canoeing related songs. He sent us a link today to his latest song along with a slide show from some of his past BWCA Wilderness canoe trips. - Bill

1/9/12 - We are getting quite a few calls from people wondering how much snow and ice we have here at Sawbill. We officially have 12" of snow on the ground. The lake ice is 16 - 18" thick. I re-groomed our 7.5K classic cross country ski trail yesterday and it is in pretty good condition.

Our daughter, Clare Hansen, has been home for a holiday visit. She headed back to Missoula, Montana today. Last night, as an end-of-visit treat, we walked out to the middle of Sawbill Lake and howled like wolves in the hope of getting real wolves to howl back. Cindy has a particular knack for this activity and more often than not can provoke a response. No luck last night though. We had a good time anyway and it was nice just to be out on the lake in the bright moonlight. This morning, however, there were fresh wolf tracks all around our house. I guess our wolf howling worked after all. - Bill

1/4/12 - The New Year celebration traditionally brings a reunion of Sawbill crew members, both current and former, for a few days of fun in the snow. This year, broomball and foosball were the main activities, with a lot of games, eating and visiting. - Bill

Broomball at midnight on Sawbill Lake. Cindy insisted on helmets, so we scrounged up every weird helmet we could find.

Champagne on Sawbill Lake at the turning of the year. Back row (l-r): Alison Bents, Leif Gilsvik, Luke Opel, Pat Bents, Liz Foot, Carl Hansen, Cindy Hansen, Sam Random, Molly Breslin. Front row (l-r): Jessica Hemmer, Clare Hansen, Joe Daniels, Nils Anderson, Tess Dornfeld.

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