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Boundary Waters Canoe Area – September 2010

2010 October 9
by Isaac Peloquin

The Boundary Waters is a special place.  I haven’t taken a trip up there in five years and it was well overdue.  Though not as gung-ho as previous trips, this one provided some much needed rest and relaxation.  Now, some people may think that carrying a canoe and everything you brought through a wilderness area is a lot of work, but it is worth it.  Nick, Preston, Gene (Preston’s Dad) and I went up for a five night trip.  We had a Missing Link  Lake entry up the Gunflint Trail.  Since we had such a late start the first day we decided to stay on Missing Link Lake.  The next morning we packed it up and portaged to Tuscarora Lake.  Tuscarora is a larger lake, and with storms and stiff winds in the forecast we opted for a campsite on the south side of the lake in a well protected area.  Normally this campsite would be bug infested and wet, but because it was early September it was perfect.  We stayed at this campsite the remainder of the trip.

When I mean rest and relaxation, I mean it.  Our days consisted of reading, napping, eating, conversation, fishing and cutting wood for the fire.  Simple right?  Reading was the thing that enjoyed the most about it.  It was quiet and free of distractions, and when the sun came out it was even better.  We got our share of rain, wind and cold weather, but it was a great trip.

When we had to head home, we packed all of out gear, returned the canoe to the camp and drove home.  All of us wanted to stay for a least a couple of more days, but the “real world” required us back.  Enjoy the photos.  Hope you plan a trip soon, you won’t regret it.

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