Thursday, December 25, 2008

Minnesota's Dark Colored Pictographs

Well, I’m finally done writing, editing, posting my trip report from my Fall 2007 Isabella Area Solo Canoe Trip. I originally put a little over one hundred photos in a slideshow of this trip, but I really didn’t have any narrative to go with the photos.

Now I started another blog, Minnesota Dark Colored Pictographs or simply Dark Colored Pictographs. The narrative is now posted as well as many more photos from the trip including those from the earlier slideshow.

Well, I hope you enjoy the narrative, photos or both.

Now I can get on with other things, such as planning for this coming years Wilderness trips. I also need to take some photos with my new lens that I just recently got and….

Chuck Ryan

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Canoe Races in Quetico Provincial Park & other events in 2009

I received an e-mail from Chris Stromberg who is the Recreational Planner for Quetico. Quetico is celebrating it's 100th birthday. Here are some canoe races being held in 2009. Besides these canoe races there are other events schedule throughout 2009. There is a link further down with the other events. I will post additional information when I receive them from Chris.

Hello Fellow Paddlers

For those of you that have heard from me previously and are tired of hearing from me, I apologize, but I am excited about how this up and coming year of events are unfolding and I would like to give you some updates before you settle in to cozy holiday place with visions of sugarplums instead of canoes dancing in your heads.

If anyone is unaware, Quetico Provincial Park will be celebrating its’ 100th birthday in 2009 and the staff is excited about hosting a year of events.
If you call yourself a paddler and you are unfamiliar with Quetico you are missing out on what could be called the finest flat water canoeing destination in the world.

We are starting our festivities in January with snow-shoeing, igloo building, ski tours and everything winter. For those of you that are skiers we host a number of unique annual tours that have become anticipated events for skiers from all around the area and you should contact me to hear about the details.

But I am sending this message out to paddlers, and so I will get to the point, because I know…Christmas is coming.

For the summer months we will be hosting ongoing canoeing challenges such as the Hunter Island loop challenge. We will be putting on paddle symposiums, “paddle your neighbour’s canoe” with paddling clinics and demonstrations and participants are asked to bring all their boats to the beach at French Lake and try out each other’s different kayaks and canoes.

Again for you racers, I will get to the point.

We have an entire week of races in Atikokan and Quetico this year starting with:

July 1st -Canada Day Canoe Parade
-XY Company’s 30 Km Pursuit – Pro marathon canoe race-Steep Rock Lake and Atikokan River (annual favourite)

July 2nd- Ontario Provincials-OMCRA- marathon canoe race- French Lake and Pickerel Lake and River, Quetico Park

July 3rd - Ontario Provincials- OMCRA- 2nd half

July 4th- Voyageur Festival- 20km Voyageur Canoe Race- French Lake Beach to Pickerel Lake and return

July 5th- Paddle Your Neighbour’s Canoe Symposium – French Lake Beach

I am inviting canoeists to bring their racing boats, find a voyageur canoe, round up a team and come for a week of canoeing and celebrations.

For the extreme marathon adventurer we will be hosting anther race in August 8th and 9th that will wet the appetite of any long distance marathon canoeist as well as anyone familiar with the legendary Ely – Atikokan race that was held in the 1960’s.

Originally the race went from Ely, Minnesota through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Provincial Park to Atikokan, Ontario.

It was held for 3 consecutive years and became famous among hard core marathon paddlers.
The Cross Quetico Marathon Canoe Race will be 120 miles (almost 200 kilometres) of self navigated wilderness racing.

Because of strict border issues and BWCAW regulations we are going to hold the race entirely in Canada from French Lake to Prairie Portage (entry to Quetico on the U.S. border) overnight and return.

I know that marathon canoeing is a tight little culture and I am hoping that everyone receiving this will help spread the word.

Please drop me a note to let me know that you have received this message and would like to continue to get updates.

Thanks and Happy Holidays

Chris Stromberg
Recreational Planner
Quetico Provincial Park

Here is the e-mail attachment for other Quetico Provincial Park's Centennial Events in 2009.

The following is what is covered in the above link except that the shaded areas and the boxes didn't show up when I pasted the info to my blog.

Quetico Provincial Park’s Centennial Events

Tentatively planned events pending confirmation of instructor(s)’ participation or
Multi Event weekends are framed and shaded


Saturday, January 3, 2009
Candlelight Ski – Dawson Trail Campgrounds’ Ski Trails

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Sawmill Lake Tour – Quetico Trails
Register now with the Beaten Path Nordic Ski Club in Atikokan to take part in this one day adventure at Quetico’s Dawson Trail Campgrounds. This is a friendly individual challenge for you to enjoy the winter wilderness of Quetico Provincial Park.
Contact Chris Stromberg (807) 597-4503, e-mail or visit the website

Saturday, January 24, 2009
Centennial Snowshoe Trek – Dawson Trail Campgrounds
Join the Park Naturalist on a historic trek through the trails at Dawson Trail. Picture the figures of yore while marching through glistening snow. Contact the park for more details: (807) 929-3141ext.228 or 597-2735.

* Sunday, January 25, 2009
Snowshoe Building Workshop 807-929-3141 ext.228


Saturday, February 14, 2009
Trans-Canada Trail Ribbon Cutting
Join the Beaten Path Nordic Ski Club and Quetico Provincial Park’s Staff in a snow-shoe trek on the new section of trail. Catch the ribbon cutting of another leg of the Trans-Canada Trail to mark the occasion.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Chocolate Cup Challenge
Join The Beaten Path Nordic Trails on their annual cross country skiing event.
Fun for the entire family: Contact Janice (807) 597-1561 for event updates and further information.

Saturday, February 21
Frosty February Come on out to Dawson Trail and learn to love winter! Winter camping workshops, ice skating, bonfire, children’s snow sculpture, skiing, snowshoeing, igloo-building and traditional games like snow-snake will be held for your enjoyment. Sleigh rides will be offered pending permission. Contact the Park at (807)-597-2735 for event updates and further information


March 1st to 5th
International ski trip
USFS and Quetico Staff

Saturday, March 21, 2009
The Beaten Path’s 8th Annual Cross Quetico Lakes Ski Tour
Experience the beauty of Quetico’s winter wilderness with a friendly ski tour. Choose from a 35, 45, or 55 km tour and ski, mush or skijor across Quetico’s beautiful lakes. The tour is organized by the Beaten Path Nordic Trails in cooperation with Quetico Provincial Park.
Contact Chris Stromberg (807) 597-4503, e-mail or visit the website

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Ski to The Castle
A 50 kilometre ski across Clearwater and White Otter Lakes. Snowmobile assisted to help less experienced skiers. Contact Peter Burton (807)-597- 4306


*Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Quetico’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Cut the cake with Quetico Park’s staff. Meet and greet Gary and Joannie McGuffin, wilderness advocates and adventurers. View Kevin Callan’s latest film featuring Quetico. Join us in celebrating 100 years of wilderness preservation.

Saturday May 25th 2009
Annual Group Paddle down the Atikokan River
6 hour leisure paddle to celebrate the start of the canoeing season 807-597-4503


Saturday, May 16th, 2009
Official opening of the entry stations


Friday June 12th to July 13th
Hunter Island Loop Challenge
Self navigated 232 kilometre route to challenge your limits
Call for info 807-597-2735

Saturday, June 14, 2009
National Rivers Day
Celebrate the announcement of the all-Canadian fur trade route becoming the latest addition to the National Heritage River system. An evening film will be shown at the Teaching Place, Dawson Trail Campgrounds, depicting the voyageur era.

Saturday, June 20, 2009
Summer Solstice Paddle
Join the Park Naturalist and interior park staff traveling from French to Nym Lake under the light of the sun and moon! This event is weather permitting. To register or for more information, please call (807) 929-3141 ext. 228.

Sunday, June 21, 2009
National Aboriginal Day
Listen to legends from the peoples of the past and present. Young visitors can create their very own dream catcher and spirit name.

Tuesday June 30, 2009
Quetico Park’s Staff Reunion Kick-off
Meet and Greet
French Lake (Dawson Trail Campgrounds) *Quetico Alumni Reunion*
Call 807-597-5028 or 597-2735


Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Canada, Quetico Style
Join in the parade of canoes celebrating Canada’s birthday down the mighty Atikokan River.
Join as spectators or participators in XY Company’s “30km Pursuit marathon canoe race” Steep Rock Lake and up the Atikokan River.
Women’s Golf Tournament
Little Falls Recreation Centre *Quetico Alumni Reunion*

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Men’s Golf Tournament
Little Falls Recreation Centre *Quetico Alumni Reunion*
OMCRA 20km. marathon canoe race- French Lake (807)-597-2735

Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5, 2009
OMCRA Marathon canoe race- French Lake ( 2nd half)

Quetico Park’s Staff Reunion Weekend
Dinner Banquet Little Falls Recreation Centre *Quetico Alumni Reunion*
807-597-5028 or 597-2735 E-mail-

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Voyageur Canoe Races and Pow-wow/Fish fry
Race back in time paddling Voyageur canoes from French to Pickerel Lake and return. A shorter race route for the less experienced but all races should be rather competitive and adventurous!
Contact 807-597-5028 until May then 807-929-3141 ext.228

Sunday, July 5, 2009
Paddle Your Neighbour’s Canoe and Kayak Symposium
Ever wonder what a marathon canoe would be like to paddle? Want to try a sea kayak?
This a day at the beach with instructional clinics, exhibitions and demonstrations
Come on out and play in the water at Dawson Trail Campgrounds. Call (807) 929-3141 ext. 228 for further information. E-mail-

Fri.-Sat. July 17,-18 2009
Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Festival
USFS and Quetico Staff

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Parks Day
Welcome stargazers, amateur astronomers and nighthawks! Learn about the changes in the skies through time. Listen to the legends surrounding our native constellations.

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Triple P Triathlon
Come participate in a fun triathlon that includes paddling, pedalling, and pounding (trekking) Contact Julie Slack (807)-597-6871

Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26, 2009
Souris River Canoe Challenge
Take on the challenge! This is a wonderful event to meet like-minded individuals enthusiastic about paddling and the wilderness of Quetico. Contact Keith and Arlene at (807) 597-1292.


Friday, July 31 – Monday, August 3, 2009
Arts in the Park Weekend
Discover your creative self and join us for a weekend of art in the park. Register for workshops in pine needle basket-making, watercolour, papermaking and finger-weaving. Join us in the official opening of our new lakeshore hiking and snowshoeing trail while taking in a natural art gallery exhibition. Catch the music of Jim ‘n’ I and other artists from the region.

August 8- 29 -Pictograph Gallery – Atikokan – Open Juried Art Exhibition
Local Artist competition inspired by Quetico’s centennial 807-597-4344

Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 9, 2009
*Centennial Canoe Race*
The return of a legendary cross Quetico marathon canoe race.
Stock canoes* self navigated*120 miles over lakes, portages, rivers, and creeks through Canada’s finest canoeing Park.
Register to participate in a race from French Lake to Prairie Portage, (over-nighting at Prairie Portage) and returning to French Lake the next day.
Call for info- 807-597-5028 until May then 807-9293141 ext. 228

Children’s orienteering workshop will be help on Saturday teaching map, compass and GPS skills. These newly-acquired skills will be tested the following day during an interactive scavenger hunt like Quetico has never seen before! For further information, please call (807) 929-3141 ext. 228.

August 21st, -22nd
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Race
USFS and Quetico Staff

September 19th 2009
“Quetico 100”
100 km. group road bike ride
Contact Earle Arnold 807-597-8776

Chuck Ryan

Canoe Races in Quetico Provincial Park

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Barrens

I’ve been thinking of canoeing or I should say, wilderness canoeing, lately. I’ve been trying to finish working on a trip report of my first short trip to Isabella Lake, Isabella River and the Island River in September 2007. The second short trip took me back in October 2007 to the Island River back to the dark colored pictographs to search for more pictographs on a rock in the river, then my 25 mile bike ride from the parking lot of Isabella Lake to Hog Creek where I would paddle into Perent Lake and eventually the Perent River and out of Isabella Lake.

Here is the link to the slideshow I put together shortly after the trip in 2007.

What I really have been thinking about is some sort of canoe trip further north. I might not get there this year, but hopefully soon. Many years ago I bought Robert Perkins video, Into the Great Solitude. Robert took a solo canoe for 72 days down the Back River. Well, last night I watched the video, again as well as another another canoeing video. I hadn’t watched this video for several years.

“It’s a great game, if you don’t weaken” – Robert Perkins.

I was also distracted by watching these short clips on the Elk River and the Thelon River.


Ordered my new camera lens...

from B & H Photo today. This was the lens I needed when I saw the caribou while paddling in the canoe in Wabakimi this past summer.

I will be taking this lens on future trips this coming season. I'll see how many canoe trips I'll get in.

Here are some of the trips I'm thinking of doing:

Mississippi River from the headwaters to Champlin, MN, approximately 450 miles.

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Wabakimi Provincial Park

I'm still in the pre-planning phase, so things could change.


Friday, December 12, 2008


A while back I had posted on a website some of the books I had that pertained to paddling and since I updated it I thought I would post it here. These are most of the paddling books. I have many more books that aren't on this list ,but they'll have to wait another day.

There are a couple books that I read that I borrowed that I can recall off the top of my head.
The Land of Feast and Famine was an outstanding read by Helge Ingstad and the other one I remembering reading over 10 years ago or so was The Last Wilderness by Peter Browning.
The List:

The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America by Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard I. Chapelle

Lob Trees in the Wilderness, The Human and Natural History of the Boundary Waters by Clifford & Isabel Ahlgren

Distant Fires by Scott Anderson

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier

Northern Sasktchewan Canoe Trips by Laurel Archer

Experience the Tradition- The First Fifty Years AuSable River Canoe Marathon

The Tradition Endures-Sixty Years of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon featuring the Races 1998-2007

By Water & Rail, A History of Lake County, Minnesota by Hugh E. Bishop

Narrative of the Artic Land Expedition to the mouth of the Great Fish River and along the Shores of the Artic Ocean in the years 1833, 1834, and 1835 by George Back

Two in a Red Canoe- Our Journey Down the Yukon by Megan Baldino and Matt Hage

Idleness, Water, and a Canoe –Reflections on Paddling for Pleasure by Jamie Benidickson

Stories in Log and Stone , The Legacy of the New Deal in Minnesota State Parks by David R. Benson

Boundary Waters Canoe Artea Volume 1 & 2 by Robert Beymer (1995 and 2006 editions)

A Paddler’s Guide to Quetico Provincial Park by Robert Beymer

Portage into the Past- by canoe along the Minnesota-Ontario Boundary Waters by J. Arnold Bolz

The Complete Snow Camper’s Guide by Raymond Bridge

Carefree Canoeing in Florida , A Guide to Trails and Outfitters on Florida’s Scenic Waterways by Brooksie and John Bergen

Artic Journal by Bern Will Brown

Artic Journal II- A Time for a Change by Bern Will Brown

Quetico and Beyound by Kevin Callan

A Guidebook for the Development of Marathon Canoe Racing Technique- Canadian Canoe Association

The Florida Keys Environmental Story, A Panorama of the Environment, Culture and History of Monroe County,. Florida

Ely Echos- The Portages Grow Longer by Bob Cary

Tales from JackPine Bob –Life in the Northwoods by Bob Cary

Root Beer Lady by Bob Cary

Voyage of a Summer Sun- Canoeing the Columbia River by Robin Cody
Black Spruce Journals- Tales of Canoe Tripping in the Maine Woods, the Boreal Spruce Forest of Northern Canada and the Barren Grounds by Stewart Coffin

Beyond the Paddle- A Canoeists’ Guide to Expedition Skills: Poling, Lining, Portaging and Maneuvering through Ice by Garrett Conover

Snow Walker’s Companion –Winter Camping Skills of the North by Garrett & Alexandra Conover
The Ax Book-The Lore and Science of the Woodcutter by Dudley Cook

Moving Waters by Sam Cook

Our Wounded Wilderness – The Great Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Story by Jim Cordes

Great Heart- The History of a Labrador Adventure by James West Davison and John Rugge

The Complete Wilderness Paddler- James West Davidson and John Rugge

Canoeing Michigan Rivers by Jerry Dennis and Craig Date

Indian Rock Paintings of the Great Lakes by Selwyn Dewney and Kennth E. Kidd

Paddling Nothern Minnesota by Lynne Smith Diebel

Sleeping Island, A Journey to the edge of the Barrens by P. G. Downes

A Paddler’s Guide to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by Michael Duncanson

The St. Croix –Midwest Border River by James Taylor Dunn

Snowshoes by Sally Edwards & Melissa McKenzie

Paddling Minnesota- Falcon Guide

The Forest For The Trees , How Humans Shaped the North Woods by Jeff Forester

Canoeing a Continent- On the Trail of Alexander McKenzie by Max Finelstein

Paddling the Boreal Forest by Max Finkelstein & James Stone

Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm

Magic on the Rocks, Canoe Country Pictographs by Michael Furtman

A Love Affair with the U. P. by Cully Gage

Park and Recreation Structures by National Park Service

Logging Town , The Story of Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Building a Birthbark Canoe by David Gidmark

The Grand Portage Story by Carolyn Gilman

Building a strip Canoe by Gilpatrick

The Winter Camping Handbook by Stephen Gorman

A Death on the Barrens- A True Story by George James Grinnell

Lost in the Wild- Danger and Survival in the Northwoods by Cary J. Griffith

Canoeing and Kayaking-ACA- by Laurie Gullion

Discovering Eden, A Lifetime of Paddling Artic Rivers by Alex Hall

Mississippi Solo – A Memoir by Eddy L. Harris

Canoe Racing- The Competitors Guide to Marathon and Downriver Canoe Racing by Peter Heed and Dick Mansfield

A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich

The Northern Horizons of Guy Blanchet, Intrepid Surveyor, 1884-1966 by Gwyneth Hoyle

Canoeing North Into The Unknown-A Record of River Travel: 1874-1974 by Bruce W. Hodgins & Gwyneth Hoyle

The Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem by Miron Heinselman

The Ocean Almanac by Robert Hendrickson

Canoeing North into the Great Unknown- A Record of River Travel: 1874 to 1974 by Bruce W. Hodgins and Gwyneth Hoyle

Tipis / Tepees / Teepees , History and Design of the Cloth Tipi by Linda A. HolleyPaddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling

The Years of the Forest by Helen Hoover

Paddlers Guide to the Sunshine State by Sandy Huff

Expedition Kayaking on Sea & Open Water by Derek C. Hutchinson

Canoeing Wild Rivers- A Primer to North American Expedition Canoeing by Cliff Jacobson
Expedition Canoeing-A Guide to Canoeing Wild Rivers in North America, Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Cliff Jacobson

Canoeing and Camping Beyond the Basics by Cliff Jacobson

Campsite Memories- True Tales from Wild Places by Cliff Jacobson

Boundary Waters Canoe Camping with Style by Cliff Jacobson

Canoeist- Scenarios for Serious Canoeist by Cliff Jacobson

The Canoe, A Living Tradition by John Jennings

Fur Trade and Exploration-Opening the Far Northwest 1821-1852 by Theodore J. Karamanski

Northern Sandscapes- Exploring Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Sand Dunes by Robin and Arlena Karpan

Afloat again, adrift: three voyages on the waters of North America by Andrew Keith

Going Inside- A Couples’ Journey of Renewal into the North by Alan S. Kesselheim

Daughter Father Canoe- Coming of age in the sub-arctic and other stories of Snowdrift River and Nonacho Lake by Rob Kesselring

Ketter Canoeing- Legends and Lore- compiled by Betty Ketter (The Canoe Lady)

The Florida Keys Paddling Guide from Key Largo to Key West by Bill Keogh

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

One Incredible Journey by Clayton Klein and Verlen Kruger ( Record Breaking 7,000 mile canoe across Canada with Verlen and Clint Waddell in 1971 (I also have the video)

Challenge the Wilderness- The Legend of George Elson by Clayton Klein

Cold Summer Wind II, 20 Years of Canoe Camping North of the 60 by Clayton Klein

Down from Basswood by Lynn Maria Laitala

Endurance-Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Our Historic Boundary Waters from Lake Superior to Lake of the Woods by Duane R. Lund

The Indian Tipi, It’s History, Construction, and Use by Reginald & Gladys Laubin

When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin

98.6 , The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin

Canoeing the Churchill, A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway by Greg Marchildon and Sid Robinson

Path of the Paddle by Bill Mason

Song of the Paddle by Bill Mason

I also have several videos by Bill Mason

Canoeing Canada’s Northwest Territories – A Paddler’s Guide by Mary McCreadie

Paddle Your Own Canoe by Gary and Joanie McGuffin

Where Rivers Run – A 6,000 mile Exploration of Canada by Canoe by Gary and Joanie McGuffin
True North by Elliott Merrick

-Minnesota Voyageur Trails – Minnesota DNR 1970/72

Freshwater Saga- Memoirs of a Lifetime of Wilderness Canoeing in Canada by Eric W. Morse

Fur Trade Canoe Routes/ Then and Now by Eric W. Morse

Charlotte’s Story by Charlotte Arpin Niedhauk

Sources of the River –Tracking David Thompson across Western North America by Jack Nisbet

Voyages- Canada’s Hertitage Rivers by Lynn E. Noel, Editor

The Voyageur’s Highway by Grace Lee Nute

The Voyaguer by Grace Lee Nute

Minnesota Geology by Richard W. Ojakangas and Charles L. Matsch

Florida’s Fabulous Canoe and Kayak Trail Guide by Tim Ohr and Pete Carmichael

North of Reliance – A Personal Story of Living beyond the Wilderness by Dave Olesen

A Wonderful Country, The Quetico-Superior Stories of Bill Magie by Dave Olesen

The Singing Wilderness by Sigurd F. Olson

Reflection from the North Country by Sigurd F. Olson

Listening Point by Siguard F. Olson

Runes of the North by Siguard F. Olson

Canoe Routes of Ontario – Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A Journal of a Mississippi River Canoe Adventure, It’s a Long Way for a Beignet by Jim and Carol Otremba

Dangerous River by R. M. Patterson (South Nahanni in the 1920’s)

Exploring the Boundary Waters- A Trip Planner and Guide to the BWCAW by Daniel Pauly

Thelon- A River Sanctuary by David F. Pelly

The Kazan- Journey into the Emerging Land –edited by David F. Pelly, Christopher C. Hanks
The Old Way North : Following the Oberholtzer-Magee Expedition

The North Shore, A Four Season Guide by Shawn Perich

All Things are Possible- The Verlen Kruger Story:100,000 Miles by Paddle by Phil Peterson, Sr.

Into the Great Solitude with Robert Perkins (Video) (Solo Canoe Expedition on the Back River)

One Man’s Wilderness- An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke

The Lure of Faraway Places, Reflections on Wilderness and Solitude by Herb Pohl & edited by James Raffan

Betsy and Saganaga; One Life, One Lake by Betsy Powell

Trouble Waters- The Fight for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness- Kevin Proscholdt, Rip Rapson and Miron L. Heinselman

Fire in his Bones – Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan

Rendezvous with the Wild The Boreal Forest by James Raffan

Canoeing Ontario’s River by Ron Reid and Janet Grand

Canoe Country Wilderness –Canoe Trails & Tales from the BWCA , Quetico and Beyound by William N. Rom, M.D.

Coke Stop in Emo – Adventures of a Long Distance Paddler by Alec Ross

Paradise Below Zero by Calvin Rutstrum

Voices of Pokegama by Ann K. Ryan

Early Loggers in Minnesota by J. C. Ryan

Early Loggers in Minnesota-Volume II by J. C. Ryan

Early Loggers in Minnesota-Volume III by J. C. Ryan

Rivers End- A Collection of Bedtime Stories for Paddlers- edited and compiled by Bill Sedivy

Canoeing with the Cree by Eric Severeid

Paradise Creek- A True Story of Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness by David Scott

A Dreamer’s Log Cabin by Laurie Shepherd

A History of Incredible Ely by John W. Somrock

Paddle the Amazon- The Ultimate 12,000 Mile Canoe Adventure by Don Starkell edited by Charles Wilkins
The Man Who Mapped the Arctic by Peter Steele

Crossing Antarctica –Signed by Will Steger on July 26, 1996 and Jon Bowermaster

Canoe Country Flora by Mark Stensaas

Muskeg, Mosquitoes and Moose- It Just Doesn’t Get Better Than This by Joyce Allene Stone

Voyager Country – The Story of Minnesota’s National Park by Robert Treuer

The Florida Keys: A History of the Pioneers Volume 1 by John Viele

The Florida Keys: True Stories of the Perilous Straits Volume 2 by John Viele

The Florida Keys: The Wreckers Volume 3 by John Viele

American Canoe Associations, Knots for Paddlers by Charlie Walbridge

Whitewater Rescue Manual by Charles Walbridge & Wayne A. Sundmacher, Sr.

The Streams and Rivers of Minnesota by Thomas F. Waters

Wilderness Rivers of Manitoba by Hap Wilson & Stephanie Aykroyd

Wilderness Seasons- Life and Adventure in Canada’s North by Ian and Sally Wilson

Wilderness Journey- Reliving the Adventures of Canada’s Voyageurs by Ian and Sally Wilson

Snow Caves for Fun and Survival by Ernest Wilkinson


Complete Guide to Building Log Homes by Monte Burch

Log Construction Manual by Robert W. Chambers

The Real Log Cabin , original text by Chilson D. Aldrich with expanded commentary by Harry Drabik

Logs Wind and Sun by Rex A. Ewing and LaVonne Ewing

Fireplaces by Jane Gitlin

Your Log House, 4th Edition by Vic Jansen

The Owner-Built Log House by B.Allan Mackie

Building with Logs by B. Allan Mackie

Notches of All Kinds, A book of timber joinery by B. Allan Mackie

Stonework by Charlie McRaven

Building with Stone by Charles McRaven

The Handbook of Canadian Log Building by F. Dan Milne

The Craft of Lof Building by Herman Phleps

The Log Home Maintenance Guide by Gary Schroeder

Timber Frame Joinery & Design Workbook

Timber Frame Joinery and Design Volume 2

Building the Alaska Log Home by Tom Walker


United States Air Force Search and Rescue Survival Training AF Regulation 64-4

U. S. Army Map Reading and Land Navigation Handbook by the Department of the Army

Wilderness Navigation by Bob and Michael Burns

GPS Land Navigation by Michael Ferguson

Map and Compass by Cliff Jacobson

Land Navigation Handbook by W. S. Kals

Be Expert with Maps and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom

GPS Made Easy by Lawrence Letham


Instinctive Shooting by G. Fred Asbell

Tree Stand Hunting by Paul Brunner

Giant Whitetails –A Lifetime of Lessons by Mary & Terry Drury

The Great American Bear by Jeff Fair

Deer-The Wildlife Series edited by Duane Gerlach, Sally Atwater & Judith Schnell

White tailed Deer, Ecology and Management by Lowell K. Hall

Mapping Trophy Bucks by Brad Herndon

Deer & Deer Hunting edited by Al Hofacker

Balance Bowhunting by Dave Holt

A Practical Guide to Producing and Harvesting White tail Deer by Dr. James Kroll

The Book of Primitive Archery by Jay Massey

The Bowyers Craft by Jay Massey

Black Bears by Bob McGuire

Aggressive White-tail Hunting by Greg Miller

Proving Whitetail Tactics by Greg Miller

Moonstruck by Jeff Murray

Black Bear Baiting & Hunting by Dr. Ken Norberg

For Bucks Only by North American Hunting Club

The Deer of North America by Leonard Rue

Hunting Rutting Whitetails by Gene Wensel


The Tractor Builders by John D. Culbertson

Guide to Hart-Parr, Oliver, and White Farm Tractors 1901-1996 by Larry Gay

Oliver Farm Tractor by T. Herbert Morrell & Jeff Hackett

Plows & Planting Implemenys by April Halberstadt

Field Guide to Farmell Tractors by Robert N. Pripps

Oliver Tractors-History of Oliver, Hart-Parr, Cockshutt & Cletrac Tractors by Robert N. Pripps

Oliver Tractors by Sherry Schaefer & Jeff Hackett

Everything I Know About Women, I Learned from my Tractor by Roger Welsch

From Tinkering to Torquing, A Bebinners Guide to Tractors & Tools by Roger Welsch

Tractor Trilogy- Old Tractors and the Men who Love Them, Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuckles, Love, Sex and Tractors by Roger Welsch

Old Tractors Never Die by Roger Welsch

How to Rebuild and Restore Farm Tractor Engines by Spencer Yost

Antique Tractor Bible by Spencer Yost