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Sep 28, 2015 - Final pack and close for winter for Kab and Ash

Date: September 28, 2015 Weather: sunny, breezy Temperature: start 51º High 68º Wildlife count: Year List: 317 Birds: Bald Eagle, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker The day was spent packing up everything at Kab, and unloading the van several times with stuff from Ash – all of the sale-able items, all technology, the frig, microwave – everything had to be moved to Kab, as Ash is not heated, and this winter, several logs will be replaced, so it will be opened to the air. Several of us went to ATL for pizza for dinner, so we...

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Sep 27, 2015 - Worship, packing, hike, sunset

Date: September 27, 2015 Weather: sunny am, cloudy then rain pm Temperature: start 58º High 65º Wildlife count: Red Pine Squirrel Year List: 317 Birds: Dark-eyed Junco, Pied-billed Grebe, Bald Eagle, Pine Siskins, American Robin, Northern Flicker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canada Goose, American Pipit, Swainson’s Thrush This was our last opportunity to share worship with the Kabetogama United Methodist Church and it was bitter-sweet. We are ready to go home, but have truly enjoyed the worship here. Lunch was at Bait and Bite – they are closing...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Packing up - visit with Brad & Jo

Date: September 26, 2015 Weather: after 9 am, sunny all day Temperature: start 57º High 73º Wildlife count: Mink, Red Pine Squirrel, Year List: 317 Birds: Pine Siskins, Bald Eagles, Common Raven, American Crow, Blue Jay, Gray Jay, After a relaxing morning, our plan had been to canoe to Blind Ash Bay. However, by the time the sun came out and we walked down to the dock to check the wind, there was not enough time to paddle out to the Bay. So instead, we worked outdoors around the RV, did laundry, picked up and packed up, also cleaned the...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Wolf Pack at Rocky Ledge

Date: September 25, 2015 Weather: overcast, foggy Temperature: start 58º High 64º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer Year List: 317 Birds: We covered the Kab Visitors center while Chris took the other staff and volunteers out to I.W. Stevens and Hoist Bay. We had just recently been to both of those areas on Labor Day. It gave us time to complete our FAQ books and begin the packing process in the VC. As we were heading home, we met Tom and Austin just back from their wolf trapping (16 days). They invited us all to a celebration of a...

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Sep 24, 2015 - A BIG change of plans...

Date: September 24, 2015 Weather: drizzle, cool, foggy Temperature: start 51º High 58º Wildlife count: Year List: 317 Birds: Bald Eagle, Pied-billed Grebe The plan today was to be on the water with Chris. However, the weather did NOT cooperate, so we spent the day evaluating the season in the warmth and dry comfort of the Ready Room upstairs at the Kab Visitors Center. There was a lots of good banter and good feedback. Around 2:30pm, we finished the meeting. John and Mike worked outside to empty the paddle-box, while I completed the...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Last day at Ash, Last potluck

Date: September 23, 2015 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 48º High 56º Wildlife count: Red Pine Squirrel Year List: 317 Birds: Northern Flicker, This was our last day at Ash River Visitors Center. We worked on the FAQ books, making new binders and removing old materials. We have more work to do on them, as we didn’t figure dividers into our equation when we formatted the document, so more work to do in the next day or so. JNPA was there for inventory and there were only 23 guests – I guess it is the end of the season. Several guests were...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Completing the FAQ Binders

Date: September 22, 2015 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 51º High 65º Wildlife count: Year List: 317 Birds: Common Raven, Mallards, American Black Duck, Pied-billed Grebe Today was a nose to the computer day – the majority was spent completing and printing the FAQ for the visitor’s centers. It has been a summer-long project and I’m glad it is finally done. Tomorrow, we will collate the various parts into the binders that we have prepared, and then they will be ready for service. Our break this morning was to walk with Chris to...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Return to Voyageurs NP

Date: September 21, 2015 Mileage: End - 77847 Start - 77688 Total Miles for the day: 159 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 55º High 82º Wildlife count: Year List: 317 Birds: Bald Eagle, Blue Jay, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Goshawk, American Crow, Common Raven, Yellow-breasted Sapsucker, White-throated Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Robin, Pileated Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Merlin, Osprey, Peregrine Awakening, we experienced a beautiful sunrise over the lake from our hotel window – wonderful! We...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Recuperation

Date: September 19, 2015 Weather: sunny, breezy Temperature: start 53º High 67º Wildlife count: Year List: 316 Birds: We had a very late start to the day, and spent the rest of it on small jobs in preparation for leaving, including laundry. Our plan had been to go canoeing, but the winds were really kicking up at noon, so we postponed it till next weekend. It was good to recuperate from all of the frenetic energy of Ghosts. For dinner, we had a pizza at Border Guide Service – Linda was waitressing while Howard is gone.

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Sep 18, 2015 - Last Ghosts performance

Date: September 18, 2015 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 46º High 65º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Chipmunk, Red Pine Squirrel Year List: 316 Birds: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Red-breasted Nuthatch, a flock of Juncos After last night, we slept in and enjoyed a restful morning. Later we walked down to the dock, we got ready and left for I-Falls. Lunch was at Sandy’s, where we enjoyed hot beef sandwiches – tasted great on this cool, and crisp fall day. We picked up the final groceries and headed for...

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Sep 17, 2015 - A perfect night for Ghosts

Date: September 17, 2015 Weather: sunny early, some showers, mostly sunny pm Temperature: start 64º High 72º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Timber Wolf Year List: 316 Birds: Ring-billed Gull We started a load of laundry then sat on the dock and enjoyed the warm morning sunshine – it was delightful. Lunch was grilled pork steak, spinach salad and beets on the grill – they were excellent. The rain stopped in time for us to get the van and head for Rainy, where we all had fun sharing treats as we waited for the evening program. Skies...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Quiet day at Ash River

Date: September 16, 2015 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 64º High 80º Wildlife count: Red Pine Squirrel Year List: 316 Birds: American Robin It was an interesting day at Ash – not many people, but I spent a good part of the day reading Mike William’s book, My Life at Kettle Falls. It is full of fascinating stories. We had dinner at ATL with John and Mary and ended the day with somemores. A lovely day!

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