Dave and Amy Freeman are spending a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Day 328: Paddling Through Wild Rice

The Nina Moose River is lined with tall stalks of wild rice that are starting to bend under the weight of the ripening kernels of goodness. Soon the ricing season will be upon us. Wild rice has been a staple for this region’s native people for centuries and it remains an important food source and Read More

Day 328: Portaging Past Curtain Falls

A stiff headwind slowed our progress as we paddled west down Crooked Lake. We hopped from island to island, taking shelter from the wind and waves when possible. As we neared the end of the lake the steady rumble Curtain Falls drowned out the wind. A cool mist from the falls, driven by the wind, Read More

Day 322: Playing on a Boundary Waters Beach.

Our luxurious campsite on Basswood Lake, that we dubbed the Hilton, became a hive of activity when the Goldsteins arrived. Joseph(15), Jacob (12), Joshy(6), and Jonah(6), their parents Jeff and Kemia, and Jason from Ely Outfitting Company paddled up as we relaxed on the expansive beach in front of our site. The Goldsteins are not Read More

Day 320: Food and Friends on Fall Lake

We began loading our canoe as the sun burned the final whisps of fog off of Fall Lake yesterday morning. We spent nearly a week on Fall Lake visiting with a continuous stream of friends and family. With all the visitors came an astounding amount of fresh food and delicious treats. Just yesterday our friend Read More

Day 318: Sand Point Sunset in the Boundary Waters

“But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had eyes to see.” -Edward Abbey

Day 316: Cupcakes!

We always enjoy baking cakes and other treats in our fry-bake and when I am guiding canoe trips I almost always bake at least one cake. The best is when someone in the group has a birthday so we can add candles and sing Happy Birthday to them out in the Wilderness. Last summer I Read More

Day 311: Visiting with the Girl Scouts

I am not sure, but I think Tank might miss the Girl Scouts even more than Amy and I will. We had a lot of fun with them yesterday. Helping young people spend time in nature is something we should all strive to do more. Their excitement is contagious (and Tank loved all the attention)!