Day one of Jeff and Brian’s Boundary Waters excursion two thousand and eleven Jeff is over there putting together the masterful lunch for today. Ham and cheese burritos apparently. Looking at the map here, lets see if I can figure this out. I think, yup, we put in up here kinda where it says phone and that dot is, that is where we put in. We followed the lakes down this way, down here, crossing into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Flip over and I believe we are now
somewhere right around that little portage line there. The goal is to keep going down down down down past the sand beach and then to this island here in the middle, where we hope to camp for the evening. Well we’ve just finished our seventh portage of the day, it should be the final one.
the final one The canoe is finally now on the sandy beach and all we’ve got to do is make it across this lake here called Long Lake. And this little island straight out here will now be home for the
evening, as long as nobody has taken our campsite. We’ve been lucky, the weather has held out, no rain today even though they were predicting thunderstorms and i think we’re all set to go for the end
of a fun day. Well here we are, this is home for night number one, here up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We found our island. Actually the island we wanted was occupied. It’s amazing, you leave civilization as far as possible and still there is somebody taking the spot you want, but regardless we found another island after another twenty minutes or so of canoeing and uh… so here we are, we have our own private island for the evening. Just our campground is here. Here is a bunch of our gear sprawled out, we already went and filtered some water; we were running low already so we are good to go, some room for a fie tonight and if we head up the path a little bit, Jeff is actually doing all the hard work probably getting mad at me for doing nothing,
but he’s up here setting up what we like to call home for the evening, our tent. So as it turns out, we go to the island here a little sooner than we thought it was. I mean the sun is still up, Jeff took a swim, I thought the water was a little chilly so I opted out of that. We did a little fishing, didn’t have any luck. We’ve uh… now just done a little gathering of
firewood and amongst the fire wood gathering I kinda found this cool little rock that I’m actually standing upon. I climbed up here, I was kinda hoping that I’d be up high enough that could see over the, you know see out to the water a little bit but sorry not quite, but still kinda a neat little spot. Gonna do a little bit of cooking here shortly, we’ve got chicken on the menu for tonight so that should be a good meal. Well it’s a new morning here on the private island of Boundary Canoe Area ummmm… Jeff and I just woke up and uhh…. the unfortunate thing is that it actually rained last night which is interesting because we had a cloudless sky last night, a gorgeous day yesterday. Ah, got some rain overnight and actually got some water in the tent and what not, so that’s gonna be fun. The wind seems to have picked up a little bit, the temperature dropped a little bit, so we’re going to see what the day is like today. We’ve got some canoeing ahead of us, plenty of it to get out of here, or start working our way back and do some fishing and what not, but yeah, we got a little wet, gonna recover from it and move on. Have a good time. So this is day two, it’s kinda starting to wrap up. I’d say it’s seven o’clock maybe, something
like that. The day didn’t go quite as planned, ah we did find quite a bit of rain on our journey today… uh… basically made it about halfway back
um… towards the entry point, so we are still technically in the Boundary
Waters Canoe Area but close to the border line of that in the Gunflint
Trail. So right now we kinda got camp set up. We have our tent down there and the fire is all prepped, I was going to start getting ready for making dinner here shortly. In the meantime, Jeff ah, nothing wrong with our dinner but he’s hoping to find some fish and so he should be viewable from here, maybe not. I thought he went over to that rock to go fishing but he’s around here some where with the fishing pole hoping to enhance our dinner for the evening. As you can see, this campsite has a spectacular view. You can see the clothes line here where we have been trying to dry out a lot of our stuff today uh… we had a lot of uh… clouds that had rain in them, and then ten minutes of sun, and so it was a game of trying to get everything dry, but the tent, the sleeping bags, the sleeping mats are all dry right now, should be a comfortable evening. It was questionable earlier today with how much rain we got, and how downright soaked our tent was, if that was going to be possible, plus wet sleeping bags so anyway, the moral of the story is I think we are on track for a good evening. Well here we are, it’s the morning of day three. Last night, kind of ironically we did extra preparations in case it did rain again, cause it rained all day yesterday, and the clouds were still around into the evening and we wake up this morning and not a drop of rain fell and it’s about as gorgeous as can be. The water is extremely calm as you can see, there’s basically not a cloud in the sky and though it’s early morning, Jeff has been determined to catch a fish this weekend so there you can see him out in the canoe and he actually landed the first fish of the trip here about five minutes ago. So Jeff’s been out fishing for a while and he’s actually having some success, he’s caught now I think three things now, I think one looked like a decent sized Northern even, but ah apparently his fishing success was relayed over to the Loons as they flew in and landed here and they’ve been fishing in this lake themselves. I can’t say I’ve seen them actually catch anything, but I know Jeff’s got some good fish for us. Jeff and I just got off the water. We got off at whats called Cross River, that’s the entry point that we were using. But that doesn’t mean our journey is over just yet though. Ah we are still stuck in the middle of no-where. So the proces now is I’m walking up the road here to what is called Tuscarora Lodge, use their phone to call back to our lodge, at which point they will come and pick us up. So luckily I’m not carrying all my gear like we were when we were portaging, it’s just me walking, Jeff is hanging back with the equipment. It’s been a great two and a half days. Got some sun, got some rain, got some fish, got some canoeing and camping. What more could you ask for out here in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Another gorgeous day aside from the rain yesterday, the weather has been very favorable. Maybe a hair bit on the chilly side, but really not bad at all. So that’s our adventure. Over and out.