Life On The North Shore October 27, 2012

Here it is! Our end of October Life On The North Shore entry. We have been very busy moving and acclimating to life up here. So, we will start with our video entry, then move on to some photos:

In the video, we talk about visiting my parents old log cabin that they lived in when they first moved up here. To get to the cabin, we drove to Lutsen, MN, then drove up to Lutsen Mountains Ski Area, then we hiked up in to the hills, across poplar river, at up to the cabin.

Here are a couple of photos of Poplar River, some pictures of my parents old cabin that we took on our adventure, and their old outhouse. After that, there are some photos I took from the roof while cleaning the chimney. Then there is a photo of our wood cook stove, and a photo of home made raw butter. There is also a photo of my parents log cabin from 30 years ago, and some fresh home made bread straight out of the wood cook stove.

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Bnaakwii Giizis

Sunday will be the beginning of bnaakwii giizis, or “falling leaves moon”. This month from the Ojibwe lunar calender marks the shift from last month’s waabagaa giizis (changing leaves moon). I was impressed last month, the first day of changing leaves moon brought the first colorful leaves I had seen this year. Soon all of the leaves will fall, and we will once again be able to see in the woods. While I love fall, and the changing leaves, I am excited for the winter to come!

The leaves have changed, and are ready to start falling.

A leap in to the world left behind, but not forgotten

This page will document the adventures of my wife Pamela, and I (Kaare), as we begin our new lives in the great north woods of Minnesota. We live in a small town called Finland, in a log house located 1 mile from Lake Superior. We are surrounded by wilderness, and are attempting to go back to the old ways of the Ojibwe, Finnish and Saami people. We know that this will be challenging, and do not expect to fully achieve this. We hope to integrate the teachings of the past in to our (somewhat) modern lives. I have been living here for nearly 2 months, and Pam will be joining me in just over a week. I have been keeping a video journal, and will upload the entries to this page shortly.Image

I took this photo a couple days ago, as I was walking by a lake that is less than a mile from my house. We are constantly surrounded by such beauty.