The Winter Sauna

From the archives: The Winter Sauna by Becca Brin Manlove, 1999-2000 Ely Winter Times We scurried quickly over the path of ice, clad in nothing but soggy wool socks and the steam roiling from our skin. “Hurry, Dayna! My socks are sticking!” “Well, mine are stuck!” Laughing hysterically, she bent over and grasped the top…

Sweet Manoomin Pie

We’ve crossed into November, or Gashkadino-Giizis, the Ojibwe name for the Freezing Over Moon. As the water freezes and snow begins to fall, many of us turn our attention toward upcoming gatherings with friends and family. Are you hoping to make something special to to share with others? We know just the thing! Sweet Manoomin…

It’s Time to Winterize: Herptiles in Canoe Country

The following was originally published as the sidebar text accompanying the above photo for November in the 2017 Boundary Waters & Quetico calendar.    It’s time to winterize, and the herps (reptiles and amphibians) of Canoe Country have remarkable adaptations to winter weather. They brumate, rather than hibernate, which means they reduce their metabolism so…

Populus Tremuloides, Quaking Aspen, or Popple

The following sidebar content was originally published in our 2016 Boundary Waters & Quetico calendar. Photo credit: Steve Voiles.  Depending on your perspective, aspen trees are pulpwood, weeds, or trees at add beauty and character to canoe country. There are three species here, the most common being Populus tremuloides, or quaking aspen, also called popple…