|My Empty Office...Tear!|
It was bittersweet to pack up the office and leave my position at the Consulate, but I was ready for a change. My co-workers gave me a wonderful send off with mimosas and fresh baked goodies. As a parting gift they all chipped in to get me a Kindle. The most perfect gift…I can fit all the books I want in the Love Shack now!
|Dennis & E|
Nissawa wasn’t exactly on the way so it took a bit longer to reach our final destination. When we finally arrived, the trip had taken about 8 hours on the road. But we made it safe and sound with no real hiccups- God does answer prayers!
Our living situation is perfect though…everything we need and nothing that we do not. We have electric, water, sewer, and gas…and only about 100 square feet of living space. Much of the first night and next morning consisted of getting organized and putting everything where it most made sense. We made a run to International Falls to get groceries the following day. We will have to be a little more strategic when it comes to planning meals, as it takes about 45 minutes to get to the closest grocery store with decent produce.
|The Love Shack|
Opening fishing was last weekend, and it was great to get on the water in the new boat (new to us anyway). On Sunday E caught his first fish of the season and first ever small mouth bass ever. The ice out was late this year and temps have been cooler so we haven’t been experiencing great fishing. E was starting to feel a little disheartened until one of the local guides shared the same frustration. There is hope though as the weather continues to improve.
Wildlife sightings have been plentiful! I love that we are in such a rugged area! Bald Eagles are an everyday thing, as well as deer of course. The other night we spotted a deer swimming across the narrow portion of the lake (see picture below). Beavers, foxes, sturgeon, Great Blue Heron, turtles, snakes, red squirrels, ruffed grouse…and its only been a week!
Last week during training we experienced a lot of the area;
Vermillion Gorge & Vermillion Falls were beautiful. They are both areas just outside of the Southeast portion of the Park, near Crane Lake. The waters flow North from Lake Vermillion via the Vermillion River and spill into Crane Lake. Vermillion Gorge is known as a sturgeon spawning area and we were lucky enough to witness one the day we were there.
Mallard Island was home to conservationist Ernest Oberholtzer, who was a key contributor to preserving what is now Voyageurs National Park. His islands and buildings are maintained by the foundation in his name. The foundation shares Ober’s legacy and shares the tales of his heroic canoe trips to the northern reaches of Canada. It was a pleasure to meet foundation member, Bob Hilke. Bob knew Ober personally and accompanied him on one of his canoe trips. Bob’s stories brought a personality to the island and it was a joy to be one of his guests for the day.
We wrapped up the week by putting on our uniforms for the first time this season. The local high school chartered the Park tour boats for a day trip to Kettle Falls. Ethan swore in 2 junior rangers, lead 20 kids in the North Canoe, and remembered why he loves being a Park Ranger.