My family runs a float plane service, outposts and a lodge. This is more than a business; it is a life style.
Every year, every season, every day brings something new. I try to blog about life our way.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

And We went for a Rip

That soft ride over a blanket of fluffy snow is gone, replaced  yesterday by a rougher ride over frozen slush and ruts.  Luckily today, 3 inches of new snow softened it all up.  Just a great day for a rip down Red Lake.  I just love this time of year.  The bush around us is waking up and the season is almost here.
Bad Bill and Joanne came for the ride.
Gwyneth, Wade and Rhian are the planners.
Good to see a bit of open water in this
world of ice and snow.
Someone got stuck in front of the Museum
back in January and here the machine still sits,
frozen in as solid as can be.  Hugh says, this is
evidence that canoers should not resort to
mechanical means.  Who's machine?
And here you see Bad Billy working on teaching Rhian bad habits.
She WAS impressed.

Skidoos, deer and more snow. Let's go for a rip!

We are up early to take roofing and dock parts down the lake, BUT conditions aren't the best. Pretty out, though. Derrio, my little deer who survived this long winter alone in the bush beside our house, is waiting for Hugh to bring more corn and goat feed.
Skidoos, trucks, deer and more snow
This is the view from my office window
Hugh, where are you?  More corn, please.


Too nice out for this office.
Gwyneth, let's warm up the sleds and go for a rip!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Off to Viking Island to check it out

Pictures can tell this story.

I got to camp, just, crawled to the cabin and waited
for Wade to get me unstuck
Everyone helps with wood.  Somehow there wasn't much
wood in the cabin.  I may ask Ken Kasner about that.
I spied the eagle across the lake working on a carcass. 
It really looked like this wolf just laid his head on his paws
and gave up.  It was a rough winter!
Lines are in.  Hoping for walleye for supper!!
Rhian exploring the bush on shoeshoes.
She's hard to keep up with.

Yup there's supper, just in time
Wade is cooking up that feed that
we've been hankering for all winter!
Hugh and I are enjoying fresh walleye
Rhian and I are taking out the fish guts
and hoping the eagle will drop by.

Yup He didn't take long to get here.
Evening is here, the sun is going down on a long day.
Time for a game of cribbage.
Heading home
Hugh, Me (Enid), Wade and Rhian
Gwyneth is taking the picture

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Winter Storm 2014 in Dryden

We didn't get all this snow in Red Lake, but the wind was howling.
Today the sun is out and it looks like spring may come eventually.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1st in Red Lake

and this is no joke!

from our local radio station, comes these reports:

Photo Winter Storm Hammers Area

By CKDR News - April 1st, 2014 - 5:27am
A winter storm warning remains in effect in Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Ignace.
The storm has forced several closures.
 As for travel...police are still not recommending it.
Highway 17 between the Manitoba boundary and Ignace is now open after being closed overnight.
Highway 17 between Ignace and Thunder Bay remains closed.
Highway 502 from Dryden to Fort Frances is closed.
Roads in the Thunder Bay area are dealing with freezing rain.
In Dryden, several motorists got stuck on both the underpass and overpass, forcing periodic closures.

Yes...Forest Fire Season Starts Tuesday

By CKDR News - March 31st, 2014 - 8:56am
PhotoBelieve it or not forest fire season officially starts this week.
Information Officer Debbie MacLean with the Ministry of Natural Resources says it will likely be some time before see any fire activity in the northwest due to the snow and ice.
MacLean says the MNR will prepare for the season as normal, noting activity picked up quickly after a slow start back in 2012.
MacLean says once the season begins on Tuesday, it's illegal to burn grass or brush during the day.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Time for Ice Fishing and Fresh Walleye

The weather is warming up even though it keeps snowing.  The fish are biting and it's time to come out of hibernation.  Fresh walleye are going to taste delicious tonight!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hey, Let's go for a rip

600 Miles in 2 1/2 days! Got to see lots of new scenery...
great trails, great weather
 and a great group all made for an awesome trip!
Kim and I blazing trail...beautiful day, fresh snow...
doesn't get any better!
Gwyneth and Daughter Rhian
out for a rip
215 miles today...we made it and we're still smiling!
This has been a long cold winter compared to recent past seasons, but my daughter, Gwyneth, still needs to be outside on weekends.  She and her friends rode many miles, travelling by sled to Ear Falls, Dryden, Atikokan and Kenora.  With the right clothes, helmet and sled, winters up here are great.

A trip to Dryden on March 22, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sport Shows in 2014

Hugh pretending to work at the St. Charles All Canada Show

Our Sport Show Schedule for 2014

Chicago, St. Charles:
The All Canada Show at Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center, January 9 -12

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center, (Booth 822) January 23 - 26

Boat, Sport and Travel Show at the State Fair Grounds (Booth 163), February 14-23

Journal Sentinel Sports Show at the State Fair Expedition Center (Booth 505), March 6 - 10

Minneapolis Show at the Convention Center (Booth 1306), March 21 - 24

Marketing Strategy

We are a small business and figuring out how to market is interesting in this constantly changing world.  Sport Shows have always been part of Viking Outpost marketing.  We just feel that our long standing guests like to see us during the winter.  They bring their deposits and send over their friends.  Also we think that some potential guests would like to meet us after checking us out on the internet.  Many camps are cancelling their Show contracts but we will continue as long as the shows are there.  I figure we should use the fact that Hugh and Craig grew up in Red Lake and in this business.  They know what they are talking about.  They love to fish and spend time in the bush themselves.
I continue to work on the website, post on Facebook, You Tube, and my blog.  As I do this, I think that I am providing interesting material for our long time guests and giving them something they can pass onto friends and family. 
Word of mouth continues to be the most successful marketing tool ever. Some things remain the same over time. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gwyneth, Enid, Harriet and Rhian go Snowshoeing

Objective:  Tire this 5 year old out.

Get our gear on

Take the pictures

It may be cold, but we still need some fresh air.  The snow is perfect for snowshoeing.  Rhian enjoys the outing and the exercise is great for my new metal knee.  So off we go.....

Get moving

Yup, she's bushed

Check the bush for animal tracks

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas from Red Lake

A Bright Day for Snowshoeing
 It may be cold but, with no wind and the brightest blue sky ever, it is great to be outside.  

Looks like the Otter is out and about too.
Hugh has decided on this Christmas tree
We are not too picky at our house.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Crossland Lake

Just wanted to let you know we had a great time at your Crossland Outpost. In the three days of fishing between the two boat we caught approx 100 walleye. We didn't fish hard we just enjoyed our time in the wilderness. Even though my sister & brother-in -law live in the same town this fly out trip finally gave us a chance to visit & enjoy each others company. Maureen & I had a double header of walleye her's a 27" walleye & mine was slightly bigger at 28". The best thing we enjoyed at the wilderness outpost was................... my cell phone never rang once.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Caribou at Rheaume Lake

Our Canadian Woodland Caribou is a rare sight.  Their antlers are not as wide as barren land caribou to allow them to get through the trees.  Their hair is hollow which means that they float higher than a moose and you will be able to see their white tail and most of their back as they swim.  These animals usually hang out in fens and mature jack pine forests during the summer so you don't often see them by the water.  Over the years, though, guests at Rheaume and Orono Lakes have reported glimpsing them.  On some of the lakes in Woodland Caribou Park in the spring, guests have watched a mother taking her calf off an island.

Dear Enid,
We are so sorry to have missed visiting with you on our trip last week. Hugh said you were out at the main camp. We had another splendid week of fishing at Rheaume.

The Scholz family from Ohio enjoyed another highly successful week fishing at Rheaume. We found the fishing so good there was hardly a slack moment. Enclosed are photos of my cousin Roger with a nice walleye and my Uncle Jack with his largest northern. The highlight of my week was seeing this critter eating grass on a peninsula. From way off I thought it was a moose, but when I drifted closer much to my surprise, it came down to the waters edge checking me out, then walked into the water and swam right next to my boat.

Hope to see you next year,

Jim Scholz
Thank you, Jim, for your pictures and note!  You were indeed lucky to watch that beautiful caribou.