Back in the Saddle

I'm back working after a splendid week in Canada's Ouetico Wilderness Park. For those not in the know, its a remote area set aside for wilderness camping and canoeing. No roads. Few trails. Fewer people. Aircraft are even restricted to certain altitudes and frequency for fly overs. As you paddle your canoe you can see Eagles flying about, some nesting with their young; you can see cow moose with calves, bears are around but rarely seen, but you will see waterfowl, otters and other winged animals and smaller critters such chipmunks, squirrels, etc. I did not see any major wildlife this trip but have in the past. This was the ninth straight year my son and I have ventured forth, these last two years have included a couple of friends as well. 

The jumping off point for us on the US side is Ely, Minnesota. Ely is a pretty cool little town with touristy overtones coupled with an aging hippie culture. Ely has all sorts of shops to spend money in, some lodging and many outfitters who can set up up for short day trips or multi week trips into the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a US park which is primitive but not as much as the Canadian equivalent some 20 miles north. These same outfitters work the Ouetico too via a permit system. We have used Moose Bay Company located north of Ely on Moose Lake still in the US. 

We love going to the Quetico for the fishing which is unspoiled, and since its heavily managed, the fishing will probably be good for quite some time. There camping is primitive which is just the way we all like it. You carry your food in, you fall asleep under the stars (or storms) listening to Loons, owls, and sometimes other sounds of what sounds like Sasquatch duking it out with some other forest dwellers. Or other Sasquatches. Its the best place I know to unwind, recharge those inner life support batteries and just relax. 

Heres a small sample of a few pictures I did take. I didn't take many as I was on vacation but these I like. 

The Owner of Moose Bay Company and a highly ranked fisherman and fishing expert, John Herrick. Theres a lot of miles in that smile and those wrinkles. John's earned everyone of them. 

The Owner of Moose Bay Company and a highly ranked fisherman and fishing expert, John Herrick. Theres a lot of miles in that smile and those wrinkles. John's earned everyone of them.