5/13/15 - Long time Sawbill customer, Frank Ferraro, is a psychology professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. In recent years, he has conducted experiments on the effect of wilderness on the human brain.
5/12/15 - It is normal to have a day of two of snow in May up here in the north woods. This morning we woke up to a lovely coating of snow on the trees and the canoes. We love it, especially because tomorrow's forecast is warm and sunny. - Bill
The Wenonah canoes were a little heavy this morning. Within a few hours, they'll be back to their lightweight selves.
Frank is a longtime Sawbill customer and co-leader of a college class from Nebraskan Wesleyan University called "The Necessity of Wilderness" that outfits through Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.
I believe that almost everyone who travels for more than a few days in a wilderness setting feels a change in their thinking and attitude, but it's always nice to have data to back up your intuition.
You can listen to WTIP by clicking this link or go to WTIP.org. I will post a link to the archived interview when it's available. - Bill
5/7/15 - I had to drive over to Ely a couple of days ago to pick up some freight. On the way home I encountered this little bear eating grass alongside the road. It was so absorbed, that it didn't hear the truck coasting to a stop. Once Roy started barking though, it beat a hasty retreat. - Bill
Mamunur Adib and his friends sent along this charming video of their first ever BWCA Wilderness canoe trip last Memorial Day weekend. They had such a good time, they are already planning this year's trip.
5/2/15 - Our talented friend, Tom Spence, was among the first overnight canoeists out of Sawbill this season. He tried to paddle out on the day before the ice went out, but didn't get very far. He returned on the second day after ice out and spent a couple of nights camping on the north end of Sawbill Lake. - Bill