Andy has worked at Bearskin for nearly 2 years and is often the person you reach when you call us. His family has a long history in the area, formerly owning Hungry Jack Outfitters and Dream Catcher B&B. If you look carefully in the Taste of Gunflint cookbook, you can find a picture of young Andy. Andy is very knowledgeable about the Gunflint Trail.
Quinn is the son of Bearskin owners Bob & Sue. He works at Bearskin full-time, except for in April – early June, when he leaves Bearskin to coach the St. Cloud Cathedral Ultimate Frisbee team. Ask him which girls’ team won the Minnesota State High School Ultimate Championship this June. Quinn is an obsessed canoeist.
Laura came to Bearskin from Ft. Meade, FL. Her sister Adde worked here previously. Laura was planning to return to Florida this summer to participate in an Orange County Future Deputy program, but stayed at Bearskin a little longer to give us a hand. We are working on making her a permanent Minnesota girl.
Mary, our naturalist, is a graduate of Bemidji State University, and just finished her 5thyear teaching first grade. She was a camp counselor at Camp Roundelay for 8 years and a trip director for 2 of those years. She is ACA Kayak Certified, is a Wilderness Responder, and is a certified lifeguard. Mary loves to kayak.
Brandon has family roots in the Tofte area and is a graduate of UMD. He spent last year teaching English in Korea. Brandon is passionate about helping others and is focused on eventually heading to a third world country to live and work, possibly to Bangladesh. Like Mary, Brandon is a kayaker.
Kate has returned to Bearskin for her second year. She is from Pennsylvania and is a 2009 graduate of Columbia University in New York. Last year Kate was part of a duo who won the women’s event at the Gunflint Trail Canoe Races. This was before she actually became an experienced paddler. Watch out this year!
Caitlin is from Manchester, NH and is a 2009 graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, where she was editor of the college newspaper. She is rethinking whether she wants to be a journalist and is considering a future in anthropology. If either of these areas are in your field of expertise, give her some good advice.
Megan is a 2009 graduate of Columbia University and is also from Manchester, NH. This is her first trip ever to the Midwest, but she’ll be here for awhile. Megan has a full running scholarship to attend grad school this fall at Iowa , studying public health. While she’s in Minnesota, we all need to properly initiate her into the Minnesota -vs.- Iowa feud.
Curtis, our fishing guide, was taught to fish by his father, Mike Berg, the owner/ operator of Seagull Fishing Camp. Curtis has been fishing area lakes almost all his life. He’s been successfully guiding on Sag, Seagull and Northern Lights Lakes for the past 5 years. Curtis would love to talk to you about fishing.
Erik Simula, Bearskin’s winter musher, is off on his 1000 mile birch bark canoe Arrowhead Journey, but he’ll be back for a “Welcome Home” party here at Bearskin in August. One of Erik’s birch bark canoes is hanging inside the Main Lodge. Be sure to look at the small size and the delicate construction of this canoe and then imagine paddling one just like it down Lake Superior, then northward on rocky rivers. Follow Erik’s journey on the Arrowhead Journey blog.