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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Knife Lake; Sharpen Your Knowledge of the BWCAW

Left, Isle of the Pines, where Dorothy Molter sold her famous home made root beer to passing canoeists. On the right is Robbin's Island USA, north of Robbin's lies the Canadian border.

Portaging, the Fun Part of Canoe Trips

The portage between Knife and Vera Lakes was steep and rocky.

Shudda Brought the Shotgun! or Chicken for Dinner?

Ruffed grouse picks birch catkins at our campsite

Icon of the BWCAW

The state bird of Minnesota, a loon is also the icon of the BWCAW

Thursday, October 07, 2010

A Most Unusual Rock

This unusual rock was found on Isle of the Pines, Knife Lake
On the first of October, Woodchuck, Dave and Elron headed for Knife Lake on the Canadian border where they would hunt for the famous bacon stripe rock once a favorite of the "Root Beer Lady".  According to Woodchuck, the expedition pushed over 14 miles into the wilderness of lakes and rock, requiring 2 portages of 1/2 mile each.  To add to the challenge, the canoeists were headed into the wind the entire time coming and going.  "It was worth it", said Woodchuck, " You don't see a rock like this everyday!"  Two of the three days were sunny and mild, the scenery was magnificent and the fall colors were at their peak. 

Hiking With Bob

Hiking partner Bob Dubois overlooking Hoodoo Lake
The last Wednesday in September proved to be the perfect day for the annual hike with Bob.  This year we chose the Samples Rd to Rush Lake Rd section of the North Country Trail.  The day was clear and the fall colors were prime.  Lunch was partaken at one of the Atley benches with an outstanding view of the Brule Valley and Big Lake.  The duo has considered doing the NCT one piece at a time until the entire Brule St Croix section has been conquered.