Sunday, September 09, 2012

Wilderness Loon Calls

Steve and I just returned from a week in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, a place where we have returned to again and again for nearly 30 years, a place where silence is the rule, except when a loon’s mysterious call reminds us that we are in a special place.  A place that is called wilderness.

It was summer at the beginning of the week, and clearly fall as the northwest wind brought rain clouds and lower temperatures, and made canoeing impossible one day when the waves were too high for comfortable paddling.

It’s been hot in the Boundary Waters this summer, as it has been in much of the country.  So. . . our excuse for catching few fish.  You ask how many fish did we catch?  Well, a good fishermen brags about success and remains mum on failure.

 It was a great week for reading, thinking, paddling, and yes, fishing.  Catching was a bit of a problem.

If you have not read Campfires and Loon Calls that I wrote about our adventures in the BWCAW over the years, you may want to check it out. (Steve did the photography).  Fulcrum Press, Denver is the publisher.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS (Quoting John Muir): In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world—the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.

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September 15, 1-4 p.m. Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, WI.  Book Signing. Barns of Wisconsin, Garden Wisdom, Horses Drawn Days and more.

September 18, 10:30-11:30 WAHCE Conference, Marriott Hotel, Middleton, WI. Rural Wit and Wisdom.

September 22, 2:00 Wade House Historic Site, Greenbush, WI. Garden Wisdom.

September 24, 11:30, Learning in Retirement, Oshkosh. Stories From the Land. Rural Wit and Wisdom.

September 29, Stonefield Village, Cassville, WI.  Horse Drawn Days.

October 4-6 Midwest Booksellers, Minneapolis. Book Signing.

October 13, 9-4.  The Clearing.  Writing Workshop: Writing From Your Life. (Still some openings. Go to for information.  Click on workshops.)

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