Just back yesterday from a ten-day journey in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with my sister. This was our 17th trip together and it was as beautiful, challenging, and inspirational as ever.
The mysteries of the wildlife in the Boundary Waters continue to amaze us. We saw this bug-like creature (see right side of photo with one not yet transformed and one empty shell) crawl out of the water and then we watched the amazing emergence of DRAGONFLIES. It seemed as though all the dragonflies of one type emerged the same day — safety in numbers??
We also saw two baby and mama moose, loons with varied sizes of babies, windup toy behavior of courting loons, a turtle coming to lay eggs on our site, beavers, otter, many eagles, the remains of the mayfly hatch, mergansers with ducklings, giant toads and spiders, and much, much more. Ice out was six weeks later than usual in the BW this year and so our late trip was very similar (critter-wise) to previous ones.
We did however experience the joys of the SWARM which we usually miss in cooler weather. Nancy, portaging the canoe, bravely faced her mosquito companions as they filled the boat.
We experienced every kind of weather from suffocating heat to tornado-like winds. Every time we went out in the canoe it engendered whitecaps, so we resorted to just saying LTB (Launch The Boat) when we wanted to go journeying. We were very lucky to always find a campsite just at the moment we thought it was REALLY (say 2′ waves) time to be off the water. We had time for our usual creative pursuits of photography and journaling/sketching and gave landscape drawing a try. This is about as close-up as I want to show my first efforts at landscape, but, as you can see, I was happy with my efforts.
We ate better than I usually do at home with minestrone and broccoli/red pepper/chicken ranch wraps shown here.
I’m happy to say the BIG PACK hasn’t defeated me yet and I am looking forward to Trip 18 and much more inspiration.
Photo by Nancy J. Spiegel Rosman
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