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Monday, July 20, 2009

Nuthin' Happenin'

The rest of 2007 was a frustration for us, as we watched days, weeks and months slip by with little progress on our project. We were able to successfully demonstrate that our road "should" fit between our bluff and the east boundary, but waited impatiently for the real test, which would have been an actual road in place. Alas, no go. At the time, we had an architectural firm hired, and we did make progress learning about off-grid living, browsing books and magazines about cabins, checking the Cook County weather reports, and generally fretting. The weather of 2007 conspired against us--one of the dry years, at the end of a long spell of dry years, '07 was another year of fires for the northland. Drought and fire risk means no burning permits, which means no road building, when your road has to go through second growth woods, and your road contractor has to get rid of the brush he knocks down for your road. We reinforced and expanded our "system" of trails, and found and marked all the USGS survey pins we could find. We discovered interesting little secrets about the property, including The Throne (a pair of cedars fused at the base that form a wide, comfy chair), Mama Cedar (the biggest mama you EVER saw) and Rock Mother (the biggest rock you EVER saw). And we waited.

The season ended in October with record amounts of torrential rain! Great for the region, blessedly welcome for the dry earth, low lake levels and dribbling streams, but not so great for road building enterprises.

But it certainly could have been worse. Here are images from that year's big conflagration, the Ham Lake Fire in May '07 along the Gunflint trail and crossing the Canadian boundary.


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