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, cooled us as we portaged past. There are few portages in the Boundary Waters as pretty as the portage between Crooked Lake and Iron Lake. Between the falls, rapids and the towering pines that line the trail, it’s hard to beat.


  1. Elizabeth A Beaver
    Posted August 17, 2016 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    How often does it rain on you as you make your journey?
    How do you tell what the weather is going to be?
    This is a class at Sequoyah High School. Our teacher has talked to us about the trips you have made.

    • Posted August 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Dave and Amy are in a hard to reach area right now. Perhaps, I can answer. The amount of rain depends on the time of year. In the summer, it might rain once or twice a week. In fall and spring, it could rain more than that. Sometimes in the fall, it can rain for 5 or 6 days in a row.

      If there’s a FM radio signal available, they can get the weather report on the radio. If there’s 3G or 4G, they can get it on their smartphone. With a VHF weather radio, you can get NOAA weather forecasts almost anywhere in the U.S.

      You can also forecast the weather by watching the world around you. Nature gives us clues ranging from shifting wind directions to the types of clouds that are building to dropping pressure. By paying attention, you can accurately predict the coming weather.

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