Magnificent Moose

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There’s something about the north that calls to us . . . a lot of things actually: The vast boreal forests, the great Lake Superior, the many state parks, the rivers, lakes & waterfalls, the Gunflint Trail, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the wildlife, the solitude, and so much more. It’s quite simple really, we love the outdoors. So much beauty can be found all around us and the more we see, the more we are drawn to it.

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There are few, if any, animals of the northland that are more alluring to us than the mighty moose: the largest wild animal in Minnesota. Prior to this year, we had seen 15 moose total: 10 in Minnesota and five on a road trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This spring, we had the incredible fortune of spotting 10 in one weekend! We’ve heard of people traveling to the Boundary Waters yearly for over a decade without spotting a single one so we are extremely grateful every time we get to see one.

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Many of our wildlife sightings are extremely brief as the animal quickly crosses the road and disappears into the forest. Sometimes they are too fast, too far away, or it’s too dark, and many of our moose sightings have been just that. We usually try to keep the camera ready and within reach but we often still don’t have enough time. What makes our encounters particularly special is when we have the opportunity to sit and watch in silence as the magnificent creature carries on in its natural habitat. This is where our love for wildlife grows immensely and we learn to appreciate the animals around us so much more.

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While the moose were certainly the highlight of the trip, they weren’t the only unique moments of our adventure north. We also saw a couple big black bears and a wolf. We visited some old favorites like Tettegouche State Park and the moody waters of Lake Superior, discovered new sections of the Superior Hiking Trail and astounding overlooks, explored The Boundary Waters Canoe Area on foot which included a hike to Eagle Mountain, and the remote wilderness of the Border Route Trail (a new favorite riding the Canadian border). This trip was also our first up the shore with the drone so we had a blast taking in the beauty from above. So much wonder to behold!

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May you look and see the beauty around you. May your heart be filled with kindness and respect for one another and the nature around us. May others be gracious to you and share in peace, joy, and love!


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