Saturday, February 15, 2014
Feb 15, 2014 It's a Long Winter.......already.......
The winter has given me more time to think about things that annoy me too. One of the more recent items that was written up in the Cook County New Herald was the fact that groups like the Izaak Walton League are still fighting to keep a snowmobile trail from going in to the Fowls. Really.....that little "Tilbury Trail" never hurt a thing. Ok, so technically, it ended up being a bit over the new line for the BWCA wilderness .....big deal. It was a small, insignificant trail. A few locals used it. The great and mighty conservationists would have us spend how much money and clear how much space for how many miles to prove a point. Some conservationists! They should have left well enough alone and let them use that little trail that is there from logging days. It isn't hurting a thing. As for the noise......or whatever else they perceive to be a problem.....well......I don't see many of them going in there anyway. So....who, exactly, is going to hear the odd snowmobile going in to the Fowls?
It's all about their power....not conservation. Heck.....we'll all be dead before they ever resolve it at the rate they are going.
Or...maybe I am just getting cynical in my old age. But, I doubt that is the problem. I grew up around here and have spent most of my life moseying around in the woods and observing things. So many things have changed over the past....especially......last 10-15 years. Things like ticks! The ticks have just exploded up here. As a kid....I saw probably about 3 ticks. Now, they are all over ....and, more than one kind. They are carrying way too many diseases. I had even asked one of the biologists if they were checking moose for Lyme's Disease. Some of them sure carry a lot of ticks. I would still bet ticks are a big share of the issue.
When I was a kid....we didn't have grey squirrels here....or grey foxes.....or raccoons! Now, we have a good number of all of them. Things are changing. Not all of the changes are for the better. But, does that mean we quit using our common sense?!
Back to the "long winter"...... I took some photos of ice pilings yesterday on my way home from town. However, the few little bays where I live have had ice long enough for me to walk on now. Toby and I did that today. It was snowing pretty hard so I didn't adventure more than a few feet from shore. But, we did have a nice walk on the ice of Lake Superior today. That's the first in quite a few years now.
Well.....we will see how the winter progresses. We got at least another 4" of snow today on top of at least 6" on Thursday. The fawns are in up to their shoulders now, off trail. I saw one standing in the snow off the road I live on yesterday. All that stuck out was its head and neck. That is too much snow. I hope we have an early spring this year....and no crusty snow getting to that spring!