Dates: 9/4/21 – 9/5/21
BWCA Day: 1 & 2
Miles: 4 + 8 paddling
Portages: 2 + 6
Weather: Raining, sunny, cloudy – all the weather
This trip has been in the works since at least January. I wasn’t supposed to go because the permit filled up with folks before I really got to know the folks organizing it.
Then Dennis, the guy who organized the trip, had a family emergency and could no longer go. I ended up taking his spot.
About three weeks before our start date the Boundary Waters was closed because of a fire. It was closed up until September 3rd, and we were supposed to start on the 4th. On September 1st the forest service opened parts of the BWCA starting on the 4th, including the area we planned to paddle.
Last minute, we all got our shit together for a nine-day canoe trip.
Five of us loaded into a truck and hit the road on Friday at 10am. The other four members of our group were already on the road. We drove from Idaho Falls all the way to Ely, MN, and arrived around 8am Saturday morning.
By noon four canoes and nine of us were in the water. Our packs were heavy with food, wine, booze and gear. The portages were rough! And our day started out nice and ended in rain.
Sunday we had more rain. And it was a brutal day because of the portages. It felt like we did more hiking and hauling gear than paddling.
If the canoe trip didn’t happen, my plan was to go backpacking in the Winds with my husband. As we paddled in rain, sat in the rain, and waited for more rain, I regretted choosing canoeing over backpacking.
Spirits weren’t exactly high, and I think some other folks were having some regrets. But there was talk of it being sunny on Monday, so we clung to that hope.
Endlessly seeking adventure.