Celebrating 6 Months in the Wilderness

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On the Fall Equinox Amy and I paddled our 19 foot Wenonah canoe into the Wilderness. The leaves were just starting to turn colors. The smell of fall was in the air. Last week we celebrated the Spring Equinox and the halfway point in our Year in the Wilderness. Winter and spring are playing tug of war in the Wilderness. Over the last two weeks the temperature has climbed to 60 degrees and rain washed away the snow. Then the temperature plunged and a blizzard dumped 8 inches of new snow.

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It is hard to know exactly when spring will win and the ice will melt. Each day the sun gets higher in the sky and and the days get longer. Soon we will say goodbye to the sled dogs and trade our toboggans for our canoe.

The Spring Equinox marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, and the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year.

We celebrated our first six months in the Wilderness with chocolate cake, fresh salad, and wild rice brats roasted over a campfire. Levi, our expedition manager, gave us each a candle in the shape of the number 6 to decorate our cakes! We weren’t sure what song we should sing, or how we should celebrate so we just said,” happy six months in the Wilderness!”


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We feel lucky to have spent such a long time out in the Wilderness and we are excited to see what adventures we will have during the next six months. Seeing and hearing wolves has been one of the highlights of our Year in the Wilderness. We have seen three packs of wolves this winter, and heard them many times. In fact we watched three wolves run across Disappointment Lake while we were eating our cake and roasting our brats! It is more common to see wolves in the winter because they travel over the frozen lakes. It is harder see wolves when the lakes are unfrozen because they travel through the woods and are harder to see. We hope that we will be lucky enough to see wolves this summer, but only time will tell.

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One Comment

  1. Kat
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Whats your favorite part of exploring? Is it fun where ever you are? I live in the frozen wasteland of Chicago where its either freezing or way too hot. How do you stand the cold and heat and all that work of paddling and paddling and paddling and paddling

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