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


    It is now September, well just pretend, if you will. It doesn't seem that the summer at Custom Cabin Rentals could have come and gone so quickly. Isn't it amazing how quickly the fun times of our lives fly by!

    Anyway, the weather in the northern part of Minnesota, near the Boundary Waters, to be exact-outside of Ely, Minnesota has been absolutely beautiful. We have had warm sunny days and cool clear nights. And the sunsets have been amazing.

    Since some of the guest traffic had slowed down, some of us took a day to explore a region none of us had been to before. We loaded two canoes on one of our trucks, and off we went to Hegman Lake, which is about 10 miles up the Echo Trail (north of Ely.). In addition to being an absolutely beautiful canoeing lake it also offers pictograph drawings by Native Americans some 500 years ago (depending on which research one reads). We would refer you to Google Hegman Lakes for a lot of further information.

    We launched the canoes and casually paddled up the southern part of the lake. In our group we had three ladies over the age of 30 and two young guys to help with the portaging. The ladies did the casual paddling, but the guys were more aggressive so they could cast a line until we caught up. Unfortunately, no keeper fish were caught. Finally, after a very short portage and a bit more paddling, we arrived at the pictograph site.

    We were expecting an entire wide mural, but instead found one large rock with a number of primitive drawn pictures allegedly created by using a red ochre paint which was made from red clay like soil combined with boiled sturgeon spine, bear grease, or possibly fish oils.

    There are many stories as to exactly what the pictures mean. The stories range from a "spirit man (the large man picture) to constellations, to a winter maker (again the large man) to the milky way to a navigation picture. One can tell by the size of the guys taking up close up pictures, that the drawings are small.

    It is believed the pictures were drawn in the winter, and may have been done to help the travelers find their way into the deep woods for hunting-thus the moose like picture. The story versions go on and on.

    In the mean time, we still had one fisherman who totally enjoyed capturing and then releasing this 20 inch smallmouth bass.

    Once again we had another youngster, who was being introduced to the north woods and all it has to offer, compliments of his dad.

    Yes, our guys found some extra time to go try to capture some big ones too. This 25 inch walleye was admired and then released to go home and have more babies.


    The sun has seriously begun to traverse southward for the winter. These pictures were captured on September 21, the fall equinox, when the sun is half way through its entire journey from the north to the south. We took these pictures from the deck of the house and from the lake centering through the south narrows. We will follow up with the pictures when the sun hits its most southern point on December 21st, from the same two points.

    Although this letter is written reflecting September, in reality it is October. We hope you and your friends, and/or family are beginning to think about next summer and a vacation at Custom Cabins in Ely, Minnesota.

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