Forecasting

It’s not too uncommon for forecasters to be 20 degrees off in their low temp predictions for Ely. Case in point: The National Weather Service and the rest of the forecasting crews predicted a low of -6 to -8 degrees Fahrenheit last night. We woke up to a somewhat chilly 29 degrees below. And a…

Three-legged Dog

Over breakfast, a participant mentioned she had a three-legged dog pulling her dogsled the day before. My ears perked with concern. Then she said, “Yeah, Baloo was lifting his fourth leg to pee on every single tree that passed by. He may as well had only three legs pulling.” Above, Baloo.

Kids and Dogs

Kids seem to take to dog sledding with a certain grace and ease that sometimes escapes adults. Here is Lill, age 8, from Texas with Lucy. Lucy is less than a year old, and is happy in lead. Lill and her twin sister, Georgia, did a great job working with the dogs. Georgia even caught…

Beaver Family is: Home

We dogsledded by this beaver lodge today. For curosity’s sake, we stopped to see if it is occupied. If beavers are wintering over inside a lodge, then the warmth from their bodies melts a small chimney in the snow at the very top. Sure enough, beavers are present in this lodge. The photo shows Cassidy…

Lufa Cooing

Lufa is a dog that really wants to be with people. She loves human attention. And the guides respond to it. She is the only dog in the kennel of about 80 dogs that is allowed to run free while we are in a winter camp. Lufa makes a unique cooing sound when she howls.…

Dog Farts and Propane

The propane gas industry adds a rotten egg smell to their naturally colorless, odorless, and very explosive propane product. That’s a good start. However, sometimes that could lead to unsafe confusion. Is that rotten egg smell a dangerous propane leak, or just the Thanksgiving leftovers reminding me of their long-ago demise in the frig? Alas,…

Kwitchurbeliakin

A saying from Ely’s famed Dorothy Molter: Kwitchurbeliakin. Try saying it out loud if you’re not sure what you’re looking at. Dorothy is regarded as the last person allowed to lawfully live in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A self-sufficient, hardy woman, she did very little “belly aching.” Canoeists on Knife Lake loved to…