Thankful for Clean Water

     It’s been hot lately and I’m so thankful to live near clean water for cooling off. It’s great to be able to take a break from the heat and go for a swim in the Seagull River or to be paddling in the BWCA and jump in a lake for a minute. 

     Yesterday it was a hot, sunny, 85 degree day on the Gunflint Trail.  Josh and I went on a treasure hunt for an item presumed to be left behind by a camper in the Boundary Waters.  We planned to spend some time relaxing but with 460 rods of portaging, a lot of searching and the necessary paddling time we didn’t do much relaxing at all. 

     We didn’t get going until after 11am and had to be back to Voyageur by 3pm so we only had four hours and that included drive time to the entry point into the Boundary Waters. In that time we saw loons, heard a pack of wolves howling, caught a nice northern pike and went swimming twice! 

      It was a short but wonderful trip into the Boundary Waters.  As I sat in the bleachers watching the kid’s play baseball in Grand Marais I couldn’t help but think how much I would rather still be in the BWCA and how thankful I was for clean water to swim in.

Boundary Waters canoe trip