Tucker Lake Chronicle: Thirteen Months in the North Woods

Tucker Lake Chronicle: Thirteen Months in the North Woods

by Joan Crosby

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947237179
Publisher: Nodin Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 143,050
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 11

1 Insanity 13

2 The Adventure Begins 15

3 New Routines 21

4 Keeping Busy 26

5 The Ridge 32

6 Baking, Building, and Bathing 36

7 Company of All Kinds 39

8 One with Nature? 43

9 The Fresh Herring 47

10 Freeze-Up 52

11 Pre-Winter 61

12 What Are We Made Of? 71

13 Early Winter 75

14 Wherever I Go, There I Am 81

15 Holiday Celebrations 87

16 Short Days, Long Nights 95

17 Frozen Ride and New Stove 101

18 Fudging Around 105

19 A New Era 109

20 Part-time Work 114

21 First Spring 118

22 Acceptances 122

23 Frozen Mist 126

24 The Two-Room Castle 132

25 Brothers and Decisions 137

26 Snow and Heat 142

27 Bonnie and Clyde 146

28 Nooky and the River 150

29 Suddenly It's Summer 156

30 The Ice Is Out! 161

31 Gardening Is a Lot of Work 165

32 Summer Alone 169

33 Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer 173

34 Woodland Encounters 177

35 Long Weekends and Thunderstorms 180

36 Turtles Everywhere 184

37 Crayfish and Bloodsuckers 188

38 Shotgun Fourth 192

39 All That Free Time 196

40 The Refrigerator Saga 199

41 Blueberry Time 208

42 Debut of a Woodswoman 211

43 A Capful of Mushrooms 216

44 Doing It Our Way 221

45 Moose Gardening 225

46 Dick Loses His Backpack 229

47 A Place Near Town 233

48 Everything Moved Too Fast 237

49 An Even Longer Commute 241

50 Good-bye Tucker Lake 246

Epilogue 249

About the Author 250

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