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The Firegrate Review

Firegrate Review logoThose who know me and know my work probably weren’t surprised when the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness announced that we’ll be publishing a chapbook this fall. It’s a special project of mine and I would love it if some of my BWCAW-loving readers sent in an essay, poem, or other writing of some sort.

We are seeking submissions from anyone who loves canoe country. Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds to offer monetary awards this year, but I hope writers might see it as a way of supporting a worthy cause and a chance to get their words in print in front of an audience of people who care deeply about the Boundary Waters.

The deadline is September 30. Click here for details and to submit your stuff!

Also, Katie and I had a great five-day trip to the Boundary Waters over Labor Day weekend. We took a lot of photos and I really do want to post a full trip report with pictures… But I have a feeling that’s going to take a while. Here’s one photo:

Mist and islands on a BWCAW lake.
Morning on South Wilder Lake... which we had all to ourselves. It was a place of intense solitude and roaring silence, quiet save the occasional red squirrel chattering from the woods or crow caw-cawing as it flew across the water. We were more than a mile from the nearest human, and about 10 miles of paddling and several portages from the nearest road.
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Live and in-person

Navigating a bog in the BWCAW
The BWCAW in fall

I will be talking about canoeing the St. Croix River, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and who knows what else tomorrow morning at the Midwest Mountaineering Spring Adventure Expo as part of a panel discussion about “water trails” organized by Dave Simpkins of MN Trails magazine.

The discussion will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and will be held across the street from the store at the University of Minnesota’s Hansen Hall, Room 104. All the details are available here.

On a related note, I am very happily sporting a small blister on the palm of my hand today from paddling on the St. Croix last night, much of it upstream, while pursuing white bass.

Although my companion brought a good number of fish to the boat, I did not. But, we did hear raucous sandhill cranes, geese, turkeys, and more. We also fished until almost dark and I watched one bright planet’s reflection on the water over the silhouetted reflection of the white pines on the Minnesota shore as we paddled.

The St. Croix as the sun sets over the bluffs.
The St. Croix in spring
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BWCAW route map

I just got back from a Boundary Waters canoe trip with three buddies, all of whom I’ve known since elementary school. Faced with some challenging weather (cold and wet, primarily) we opted to spend most of our days paddling and portaging.

Click on the image below to see a large map of our route. Photos by the end of the week.

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Morning fog on Karl Lake

Morning fog on Karl Lake

Had a nice, short trip to the Cross River/Long Island Lake area of the BWCAW over Labor Day with Katie and Lola.

All the trip photos.

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To the BWCAW we go

Woohoo. Reserved a permit for Cross Bay Lake for August 29. Just a short Labor Day weekend trip with my wife and my dog. It will be some much-need quality time after one of the craziest summers in memory. It will also be our first trip in the Gunflint Trail area in several years.