Just back from four good days in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park, north of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness out of Ely. Lovely, quiet country up there. Four of us poked up through Basswood Lake to Agnes, Trant, Kahshahpiwi, Shade and back to Basswood. For two days, we saw nobody else. It’s almost hard to believe that you can go to such popular canoe country and have that kind of solitude.
It isn’t that we don’t like other people. We do. But sometimes, the soul needs vast quantities of wild country and the opportunity to imagine a time long since past. It rejuvenates a person’s body, mind and spirit in a way that is difficult to articulate.
Part of the reason we saw so few folks, I suppose, is that the route we chose was a bit off the beaten path. The portages were challenging. But that made reaching camp, peeling down and going for a swim all the sweeter. And pitching stories back and forth around the evening fire with old friends was a true pleasure.