Quiet Out There

    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…
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Gearing Up

    Four of us are heading for the canoe country soon. Old friends, long-time paddlers, we’ve done this for so long that it comes together almost without effort. A couple of phone calls. A couple of follow-up e-mails. Next thing you know, we’ll be at someone’s house at 6 in the morning, tossing the old Duluth…
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Moving On

    It’s subtle, but you can sense it. We’re moving inexorably into mid-summer. The lush growth of early spring — as rain-delayed as it was this year — has begun to lose its edge. The spring flowers have bloomed and are settling in to make fruit for later in summer. Blueberries should be coming on…
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It’s Hungry Out There

A member of our camping group sips a drink with supper while trying to remain under the protection of her headnet. Six of us were camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last week, where mosquitoes and blackflies were persistent. Buggy tripSix of us spent five days in the canoe country north of Lutsen…
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North Shore Morning

Saturday morning, shortly after sunrise, I’ll be hanging out with a few other folks along the shore of Lake Superior. About six thousand others. We’ll be gathered near the Lakeview Castle for the start of the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon. I’ve always liked the start of that race. The shore is usually peaceful, the sun low…
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