Isle Royale Wolves History and Latest Development

Video from 2011:

For over 50 years researchers from Michigan Technological University have been studying the relationship between wolves and moose on Isle Royale, located in the middle of Lake Superior. This long term study continues to surprise us with new discoveries on how the natural world works. Hear the latest news from Assistant Professor John Vucetich, and learn more about why the fate of Isle Royale wolves may be in jeopardy.

Check out the latest development on this topic that was just recently posted on 12/13/2013:

Sunset over Shagawa Lake

Shagawa Lake just next to Ely Minnesota is one of the most popular lakes in the region. Its easily accessible and there are many lake properties surrounding it. The dock nearby the Grand Ely Lodge is a great place to enjoy the breath taking views. If you are patient it rewards you with amazing images just begging to be captured on camera. One summer evening we drove down to the dock and snapped a bunch of photos of an amazing sunset.

Berry picking

The north woods of north eastern Minnesota are a great place to go berry picking. The thick woods are full of tasty treats waiting to be discovered. Blueberries are very well know around these parts and the area is home to Ely Minnesota’s annual Blueberry Arts Festival. For more information on the festival visit this link:  Explore Minnesota. However not everyone is aware that aside form blueberries you can find numerous other delicious edibles.

This past summer we found wild strawberries and wild mountain strawberries growing along the trails that we hiked. Many of them grew on the same trails that would lead us to the delicious blueberries. At first I didn’t even think to look around for strawberries, but once I discovered a few of them I was hooked. I really wish we had more time to spend picking berries. We only managed to get a small container of them but Ill be sure to get ready for next year! Nothing beats the smell, taste and rich nutrient content of wild natural berries picked right from the woods. I encourage anyone who gets the chance to enjoy some on their hikes, but be respectful of nature and leave enough for the hungry critters that rely on them for survival. Don’t forget to be very cautious as there are many poisonous and non edible berries so please only pick properly identified plants.

Pure and green

Another reason why summer in the woods is a great time. More photos from Amy!

Ducks, ducks and more ducks!

Our Summer in Ely was filled with wonderful sights but one common animal we encountered often were the ducks and the loons that call the northwoods home.

Some early spring sunsets

Theres never a bad time to enjoy the amazing sunsets of Northern Minnesota. Amy always snaps a few of them on a regular basis. The sky turns into the most awesome display of colors and is always a treat to witness.

Sunset on Shagway lake near the dock.

Sunset on Shagway lake near the dock.

Warm glow of the setting sun.

Warm glow of the setting sun.

Reeds on Shagwa lake late afternoon.

Reeds on Shagwa lake late afternoon.

The red sky during a spring sunset.

The red sky during a spring sunset.

More on school Bus RVs

The previous post I made about the School bus RV conversions got me thinking all day about them and I did some more digging and came up with this:

Very nice and cozy conversion

More on the above conversion can be read about on the original site: The whole project is a huge inspiration that will undoubtedly seed a project of my own.

Gillig Dream Bus

The Gillig Dream Bus was actual for sale, so someone out there is probably putting it to use. Read about it here:

Very cool cabin themed conversion

This interior reminds me of the previous RV conversion I posted about earlier.

And here is a good video from youtube of a very interesting project entitled: Good News Bus. You can read more about this project here: