Well its not quite morning anymore – but for some reason when I made this button I put “morning meanderings” on it so I am just going with it.
As of this post I have been off the blog for 9 days. Let me start with, if you follow me, you know I was out on the Boundary Waters on the North Shore which is about as crazy uncivilized as it gets as there is no electricity, no cell phone coverage – no communications to the outside world at all.
And I loved it.
I heard a little grumbling about the “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading” post not being up and I can not explain that as I prepped it and scheduled it and it did not go live. That should not happen again as I have a new plan in place, more on that later.
Anyhoo – back to the wilderness, which was what I really wanted to talk about this morning… errr…. afternoon. We arrived in Ely Minnesota at a friend of a friends cabin last Saturday for a nice stay over before we hit the lakes. On Sunday morning we packed up our gear and we were off.
We rowed and portaged that first day for around 7 hours. My friend Belinda has this super cool Garmin watch (I want one I want one!) that tracked our progress and then she was able to put it on line so we could all see it. I am so impressed! Did I mention I want one? 😛
In case you are wondering what portaging is or what it looks like, let this newbie share with you. Portaging is taking the canoes (on our head and shoulders) across a sometimes hilly, rocky, bushy trail from one lake to reach another. This could not be done in one trip so we would take the canoes and a few packs over, sharing in the canoe carrying duties as it is a one person job, and then go back for the rest of the packs. The one portage was 1.5 miles long… so we would head over with the canoes and bags, then walk back and get the rest – all in all for us it was a 4.5 mile portage.
We arrived deep into the boundary waters on a lake called Cummings where we set up camp.
By the time we arrived that first day we were losing daylight fast so we quickly set up camp, gathered fire wood, and prepped our dinner of yummy small potatoes in olive oil and salt and pepper, green beans and brats.
The next couple of days we stayed in this spot – reading and relaxing, sunning and playing games.
After a couple of days we decided to switch it up and try another camp site. I was sorry to see my favorite rock go, where I would sit and read and journal in the mornings… to Crab Lake we went.
And then all to quickly, it was time to head back in to civilization. I found it hard to believe that I had been away from home for almost a week. It all went so quickly. We really had a blast. I learned that it is really ok to get away from all the noise, the “to do’s” and just BE. To hang out and read a book was beyond awesome. I napped in the sun… I read, I played games, and I enjoyed canoeing very much.
So, now life is quiet for a couple weeks. I have reviews to write and things to catch up on – as for this blog, you should be seeing me more frequently. For more pictures of the trip, check out my Facebook page at Sheila DeChantal.