On the way, we spent 2 nights in the creepy
Superior National Forest. Creepy because our campsite was
littered with bullet cases, had a beaver skeleton which someone
had bashed the skull of pre- or post-mortem and we found a
smashed up nesting box.
The Wooden Frog State Park was a welcome relief, quiet and
peaceful, we saw a bald eagle and white tailed deer, neither of
which fled from us.
In the spirit of the pioneers we elected to canoe to back
country campsites and stay out for 2 nights. This meant we had
to carry food, make water, have a camp stove, tent, sleeping
Bags and so on. Just to make sure we have a challenge we have
zero canoeing experience and a lot of the first lake is open to
the winds: they have a lot of wind in Minnesota and North
So we packed up and set off across the Kabetogama lake. A lady
in a power boat had left the area we were going through in our
open canoe because of the waves and worsening conditions. We had
winds up to 20knots, so elected to do an inland traverse to
avoid the worst of the open lake. We left the visitor centre and
travelled into the lost lake. Our portage was just a quarter of
a mile, but with all our outdoor gear and a heavy 2 person
aluminium canoe it seemed a lot longer.
We then had to paddle up the long slough, where Caroline gave
directions to another paddler and then we slogged up the lost
bay (this also seemed a lot longer!) Lifting the canoe out of
the water we then walked to our campsite on one of the ‘inland’
lakes, beautiful and tranquil.
Our first night in the tent the thunder and lightning storm was
unbelievable. The whole tent lit up time and time again, thunder
claps were deafening, torrential rain fell and winds shook the
whole tent. Thankfully after 90 minutes the storm ended and we
could leave the tent.
Loons must be the noisiest birds in the world. The first night
out we slept for 9 hours, Caroline briefly waking because
something was munching noisily on the flora around the tent.
All to ourselves, a whole lake; wonderful, we really enjoyed our
canoeing and camping out.
As Florence Page Jaques of Canoe County said,
“This is the moment I think I’ve really given my heart to our
canoe country, though I have been entranced with it from the
first. But here its special quality of wild innocence touches me
sharply and deeply.”
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