Kip’s Comments 5-19-20

Paddling Old Town Pack Canoe - Image 634668 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Already Missing the Future

A couple of weeks from now I was supposed to be leaving for a week of wilderness magic in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area of Northern Minnesota. Due to COVID-19, that trip will not be happening for me. I appreciate that I have a job and I accept the responsibilities of my position, but I have to be honest – I am already missing going on the trip. It will be even worse when I know most of the group is up there.     

Part of the fun of wilderness trips is the planning process. We study maps, enter waypoints in GPS units, check tents, stoves, and water filters, and do run-throughs of all that we will depend on while away from civilization. That is not happening yet this year and I miss it.     

Rather than give up all of the fun of a BWCA trip, I enjoyed a practice paddle trip this evening. Instead of a dry bag containing a week of gear, tonight my bag held camera equipment and a cell phone. Instead of paddling on Boot Lake, tonight I paddled at Sweet Marsh. Rather than seeing and hearing common loons, tonight I heard warblers.     

While this evening’s outing certainly did not measure up to an actual Boundary Waters trip, it was fun and was something I will likely do again as long as conditions allow. By the time I can actually go wilderness paddling, I will be more prepared than on any previous trip!             

Paddling at Sweet Marsh: 

Paddling Old Town Pack Canoe - Image 634668 (© Kip Ladage)

Paddling Old Town Pack Canoe – Image 634668 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Yellowthroat:

Common Yellowthroat - Image 634791 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Yellowthroat – Image 634791 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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