Tucker Lake Chronicle: Thirteen Months in the North Woods

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Fifty years ago, Joan Crosby and her husband, Dick, moved from the Minneapolis suburbs to spend a winter on the outskirts of the BWCAW in a primitive one-room cabin without road access or modern conveniences. She baked pies in a Dutch oven while Dick kept the woodpile topped up. They heard the wolves howl and the loons call, watched the seasons change, entertained occasional visitors--invited or not--and made periodic trips across two lakes and a connecting portage to their vehicle, then on into Grand Marias to do laundry and replenish supplies.

They also blazed a trail through the woods to the road in anticipation of those difficult weeks when the lakes would be half-frozen, hence impassible. Dick added a room to the structure, doubling its size, but they dropped the idea of erecting walls around the privy. Why bother? The arrival of a new stove revolutionized their meals. Visits to new-found friends at nearby lodges and wildlife adventures stirred up by their malamute, Nooky, punctuated days that were more often filled with household chores, woodcutting, and pine-scented lakeside reveries.

It was a good life. But when the money began to run low, they realized the time had come to make some difficult decisions about what form their future would take.

Contributor(s): Crosby, Joan (Author)
ISBN: 1947237179 EAN: 9781947237179
Publisher: Nodin Press
Pages: 250
Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: March 01, 2019

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