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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: November 2013
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11/30/13 - Quiet times have descended on Sawbill. Winter seems to be here for the long run. The snow is 8" deep in the woods and the lakes are safely frozen. - Bill


These two pictures were taken last weekend, before we had much snow on the ground. Lower l-r: Leif Gilsvik, Nils Anderson, Dan Seemon and Cindy Hansen.

This was taken yesterday. It was our first ski up the lake for this season.

Mike Mazzoni, long time Sawbill customer, wrote this beautiful blog post celebrating his family's long association with the BWCA Wilderness. The Mazzoni has a long tradition of Sawbill canoe trips.

Here are the November 28th edition and the November 21st edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

11/22/13 -

Dave and Amy Freeman, Sawbill's wonderful and experienced guides, have been nominated to be National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. There is a very nice interview with Dave on the National Geographic website.

We are thrilled to have Amy and Dave as our Sawbill guides, offering both guided day and overnight trips in the BWCA Wilderness. Dave worked for us as a crew member in high school and college. After he met Amy, they started guiding for us. I think it's safe to say that they are the most experienced canoeing guides in the world. They are also two of the nicest people I know.

To become National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy need to collect votes from the public. Voting for them does not require any registration or revealing your email address. You can just go to the voting site and vote. You are allowed to vote once a day. Voting continues until January.

11/19/13 - The ice covering Sawbill Lake survived the recent warm spell. Although not safe for travel yet, in a few days it should be plenty thick enough to walk on. - Bill

Sawbill Lake in that twice a year state when it's too thick to paddle and too thin to walk.

Here is the November 14th edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

Here is the November 7th edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

11/13/13 - Sawbill Lake froze over on the auspicious date of 11/12/13. There is some warmer weather in the forecast, but I'll be surprised if it isn't frozen for the winter.

Phoebe presents a frozen Sawbill Lake.

Our good friend, Tom Heinrich, from Hayward, Wisconsin, likes to visit Brule Lake on the weekends before freeze up every year. This past weekend (November 8 - 10) he reported that good campsites were readily available on Brule. He also reported that stiff winds make the open water crossings "adventurous."

If it were anyone else, I'd be worried about them paddling on Brule so late in the season, but Tom is among the most experienced wilderness canoeists in the world. - Bill

Brule Lake on a classic November day.

Approaching the canoe landing on Brule Lake.

Zip, Tom's distinguished black lab, enjoying one of his many late season forays onto Brule Lake.

11/11/13 - Winter has arrived with a vengeance. We've accumulated 3" of snow over the last couple of days. Today's high temperature is 18 degrees and the forecast is for 0 degrees tonight. - Bill

Sawbill Lake is still open, thanks to steady, around the clock winds.

The Sawbill Lake Campground looks like winter and it feels like it's here to stay.

11/8/13 - Yesterday was Roy's 6th birthday. His best present was being promoted to Chief Deputy of Outfitter Security. He now has the main responsibility for protecting the property from snowshoe hares. This has been his passion for many years. He remains second in command on squirrel and chipmunk operations. Happy birthday Roy! - Bill

Roy Wonder, born 11/7/07.

11/4/13 - The most common question that we get during the summer season is "What do you do in the winter?" The answer is that we have to shut everything down, count everything, put everything away and then say goodbye to our wonderful seasonal crew members.

Once it is down to just the two of us, we have more than enough work to do taking care of the business and preparing for the next season. However, we do have a little more time for hiking, skiing and relaxation.

Here are a few pictures of activity in the early off-season. - Bill

Meg brushes snow and leaves off a Kevlar canoe before we put it indoors for the winter.

A parade of canoes in the snow.

Cindy and I standing up the canoes.

Canoes always look much bigger when the are inside.

Here are three angles of the same golden tamarack tree on our daily hike with the dogs:

Tamarack tree are conifers that lose their needles every year.

Cindy, commenting on high the water is for this late in the season.

Tamarack tree silhouetted against the November sky.

Roy cools off after chasing a rabbit around the campground. (The rabbit was not harmed.)

Here is this week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio.

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