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    July 2013
    from www.CustomCabins.com
    14663 Vosburgh Rd. Ely, Minnesota 55731
    email: info@customcabins.com


    Why is it when we are on vacation the days go so very quickly and when we are at work the days go so slowly? Here in northern Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with our guests on vacation, time seems to absolutely fly. It seems as though only yesterday we wrote about the beginning of the season, and now we are about half way through the summer.

    Each year on the 4th of July we have a bang of a party for all of our guests as well as for our neighbors, and other friends. This year was no different. We held the event at our main landing on Moose Lake, which is part of the Moose Lake Chain. Some came by land and some by "sea" from across the lake. It was a great old fashioned American picnic. We offered hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked beans, and a watermelon. It was great fun, and because we have done this for so many years, people who initially did not know each other have now become friends.

    While fishing is probably the main activity that our guests enjoy, some enjoy hiking. There are many trails in the area which offer a great variety of flowers and animals. While on a hike just off of the Fernberg Trail, which is the road from town that leads to our resort, one group took some super pictures.

    One of the pictures was that of the state flower of Minnesota—a lady slipper, or more correctly a lady slipper orchid. This orchid grows in swamps and bogs and may be about one to four feet tall. It grows slowly and takes up to 16 years to produce its first flower. While this seems like a long time to mature, this protected plant may live anywhere from 50 to 100 years.

    A more common flower that they saw was a water lily which is part of the rhizome family. This flower has a root structure much like iris. While considered a non-native invasive species, it is still pretty and has some useful functions in that it provides cover for largemouth bass, sunfish, and frogs. If, however, the lilies become too thick, they form a mat which impedes canoeing, water skiing, and swimming.

    Another rhizome, though completely different in structure, is the blue flag iris. As one can tell from the picture, it definitely resembles the common garden iris. It grows in colonies in wetlands and is two to three feet tall. While parts of the roots can be poisonous, the colonists, with guidance from Native Americans, used them for healing purposes. Parts of the roots smell like violets and have been used to make perfumes and potpourri.

    One of our guests took advantage of the clear water we have in our lakes and captured this picture of a northern pike about to take the artificial bait that was offered to him/her.

    We have been fortunate this year in that a lot of dads and moms who were here when they were younger are now bringing their children to visit and to enjoy the great outdoors, nature, and fishing. His walleye was definitely a "keeper", and probably quite tasty.

    Speaking of children—this is a picture of an immature or juvenile eagle. It will keep its molted colors until it becomes sexually mature at about five years of age.

    What could be better than being out on the lakes on a beautiful day catching walleyes like this!

    Custom Cabin Rentals
    14663 Vosburgh Rd.
    Ely, Minnesota 55731
    218-365-6947 or 1-800-235-6947