A six-mile lake all to ourselves!
Just back from trip #22 wilderness canoeing in the Boundary Waters along the Canadian/Minnesota border with my sister, Nancy J. Spiegel Rosman.
As always, it was ten days of challenges, sublime beauty, and a whole lot of laughter (calling in the rare java bird is a story in itself as is the truly giant spider). We paddled 50 miles through 13 lakes and portaged seven miles. Our journals say rain every day, but we just remember the many sunny hours and the GREAT cloud formations
To start us out with a reminder of what the Boundary Waters is all about, here are two of the best portages going in:
This was such a bottomless sink hole that Nancy had to back up and start again several times to find enough rocks to make it through. Not an easy task with a 17.5′ canoe over your head.
When not traveling and portaging, we went on day trips (always taking our water jugs to be filled along – the water was nice and cold) from our four different camps to check out beautiful sights:
We saw beavers, otters, eagles, ospreys, a loon swimming underwater, and so much more including five moose. Our record holds of seeing moose every year in the Boundary Waters. These sturdy twins waited patiently for over an hour as their Mom ate water lilies:
Nancy and I were both hugely inspired this trip to draw, create and document ephemeral sculptures,
and of course, take many photos. My Coolpix was highly erratic, so almost all these gorgeous photos are by Nancy. Thanks, Seester!
I was especially inspired this trip by the giant (and, obviously, very old) white pine trees:
Their bark patterns were repeated again and again in rock formations, in wave patterns, in rocks under water along the shoreline, and in cracks in the granite that covers all the BWCAW.
A storm or two never bothers us as we use it for Q.T.T. (Quality Tent Time). The many “BW B&Ws” I created will definitely be influencing my larger artwork:
We both felt it was our best trip ever! As I said one evening at twilight, “One day like this might last me for a year.”
We feel very lucky to once again journey in such a unique place that reminds us of the power and beauty of nature, the calmness that can be ours, and the joy of being sisters.
As always, we can’t wait to do it again.
PLEASE NOTE: I’ll be sharing more inspiration from the Boundary Waters in my July/August Art Friends newsletter. Drop me a note if you would like to subscribe – it’s free!