What a great trip! The weather was wonderful, and the the fellowship was even better!
On Saturday, July 22nd, our group of 9 men left St. James and headed to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of northern Minnesota. The group was lead by Pastor John Brooks and contained Gary Mason, Eric Lindstrom, Joe Goodrich, Eric Deremiah, Liam Lindstrom, Alex Goodrich, Luke DeRose, and Tyler Huback. The carferry ride and subsequent cross country car ride were, thankfully, very uneventful.
Day One: On day one the group traveled from Seagul Outfitters on the Gun Flint Trail and paddled through Seagul Lake, Alpine Lake, Jasper Lake, and ended up on Ogishkemuncie Lake (approximately 10 miles). Along the way we saw the first of 16 bald eagles. Simply amazing. The campsite was quite nice, but hot! Not a lot of shade! For dinner, we had 1" thick ribeye steaks and mashed potatoes & corn! Quite the feast.
Day Two: Day two saw another picture perfect day! We continued west out of Ogish, and throu Annie Lake, Jennie Lake, Eddy Lake, Kekekabic Ponds, Kekekabic Lake, Pickle Lake, and finally Spoon Lake (approximately 10 miles). This time, we got a site in the shade! Dinner was potatoes, onions, and bacon, with fruit jars for desert.
Day Three: We left Spoon Lake and went through Bonnie Lake on our way to Knife Lake. Though we only went on those two lakes, we covered about 14 miles, all in beautiful sunshine. For dinner, we had fajita wraps with foil chicken, onions, green pepper, and pepper jack cheese. Always a tasty meal.
Day Four: In the early morning, we took off for America's Point and turned south to Red Rock Lake. Fortunately the with was light the trip went smoothly. For dinner, we had spiral noodles with spaghetti sauce and pamasean cheese, followed by small mouth bass and walleye. Our camp was visited by a blad eagle and two of the lads filleted the fish. Amazing animals!
Day Five: Leaving Red Rock Lake, we entered Alpine Lake through the north and continued on to Seagull Lake. At this site, we caught our first real "rain". A small thunder storm rolled through right at dinner time and it rained for about 20 minutes while we were cooking dinner. The clap of thunder and the rush of wind added a little excitement, but it was over almost as quickly as it began. Our last BW dinner was rice packets with sausage, and anything else that was left in the food pack. For a treat, we even finished off the hot chocolate that we had forgotten about!
Day Six: The bittersweet paddle... On the one hand, it was sad to leave the BW once again after having such a great trip. On the other hand, we were all on our way back home to see loved ones (oh, and maybe to get a shower and, for those of us that were old enough, to have a beer) Still, the week seemed to fly by this time. Although I missed my wife and daughter, I, for one, was not in a rush to get back to the "real world". Just have to keep flipping through my photos, remembering the great time of good paddling and great fellowship.
Until next time,
Photos of the 2017 trip‹ ›