Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

I spent all of last week in the holy of holies, the sacred ground on which few dear to tread, the space in which you look all around you can't help but meet God there, I was up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. A couple friends, one 5 month old, and myself spent four nights loving every second we had together in the boundary waters in northern Minnesota. We went into BWCA through Duncan lake, over the staircase portage (no small feat), and found ourselves on a campsite on Rose lake overlooking Canada. It was glorious. I couldn't have asked for a better vacation.

A view out of our campsite - we had a 3 tiered campsite

 One of the quirks of our campsite, which we loved, was that we were right across from the portage so we watched people coming and going from Rose lake. It provided hours of entertainment, checking out what people packed and how and what type of boat they were using as well as what time of day they were coming and going. We also were able to talk to many people. One day while out swimming we saw some day trippers who had probably come over to admire the water falls as we were swimming in the bay and realized they were from Brainerd, so they jumped off the rocks with us and swam around.

Hammock Village - we overlooked the lake and bay from here

What did we do you may wonder? We spent our days:
  • playing with the baby
  • laying in our hammocks
  • reading
  • napping
  • paddling around
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • relaxing
  • enjoying one another
  • watching the wildlife: beavers, bears, bats, mice, bald eagles, and countless other birds
  • laughing
  • cooking and eating well
    • chicken pesto pasta
    • chicken with Thai peanut noodles
    • beans and rice
    • crackers and salami and cheese
    • chicken, broccoli, and cheesy rice
    • popcorn
    • brownies
    • oatmeal
Love these three

It was delightful. We had a blast. Our cellphones had no reception and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way [there are rumors of a cell phone tower going up in BWCA and I think even if one does go up I will continue to shut my phone off while up there]. Yes, I did miss being able to talk to people and know what was going on, but it was also very good for me to disconnect with the world for a while. It was glorious and now I am back to work dreaming of my next trip north.

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