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 new to the Boundary Waters. They started coming to the BWCA when Joseph was 6 and Jacob was 3; this is Joseph’s 16th trip to the Boundary Waters! We have been looking forward to their visit for a long time. Joseph has been battling Lukemia for 2 years, he is a remarkable young man who has become a dedicated and effective voice for the Wilderness. We are inspired by his strength and commitment to protecting the Boundary Waters. Joseph, Jacob, and Jeff set a goal of visiting us during every season of our Wilderness Year. This is their final visit and they brought the rest of their family with them. After swimming for an hour, most of the crew moved back to the beach and quickly began burying Jacob and Jonah in the sand. We look forward to several more days of adventures with our friends.

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