On last week's trip around the Kawishiwi Triangle, I found an old shack (or blind/fishing hut?) along with a rotted out old boat. It was in a back bay just south of Clear Lake. Anyone know anything about these? I didn't see anything else nearby that would have suggested an old cabin site or anything. Just curious about these old artifacts, if you can call them that.
Very cool find! Did you put that on a map in the map section?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
I would have to believe others have seen it. It is just off the main route, but clearly visible to anyone passing by who looks in the right direction. It's basically in a small bay just off the regular travel route between Clear Lake and the main body of the Kawishiwi River. It may be a bit easier to see at this particular time of year, before all the vegetation comes back to life.
quote Unas10: "I've always enjoyed looking at stuff like that but often wondered; How long does it take for somebody's discarded crap to turn into an interesting artifact? "
Laughs! A story:
We were camped on Fourtown Lake - on one side of a peninsula. On the other side of the peninsula was another site. There was a path between the two and I went over to say "hi" to the people who were camped there. On the way I found a bunch of trash, some of which was from the logging era, some of which was more recent. Picking up an old galvanized five gallon pail, I began to gather up beer cans and paper garbage left by someone I'd rather not know.
When I reached the other campsite, one of the women asked me what I was doing with the old pail. I told her I was collecting garbage preparatory to carrying it out. She became very indignant with me and told me I should leave such "artifacts" in place.
I studied the old pail with it's bail broken, bottom almost rusted through, and sporting ten bullet holes, trying my best to see it as an artifact. I turned to the woman and said, "No, ma'am, this is garbage."
There is just a ton of stuff out there waiting to be found. I've come across plenty of old cone top beer cans in small dumps behind campsites. If anyone is traveling through a recent burn area you will find all sorts of junk behind campsites. This stuff is plainly visible if the campsite is burned out. I've returned to my favorite campsites after a burn and was surprised how much glass and tin (old stoves, gas cans, fry pan, wine bottles) is just beyond my reach of the campsite. So much for worrying about twist ties and foil!
I've paddled right past that a couple of times without ever seeing it. Pre-1976 the resorts on the White Iron/Farm chain would keep boats at the end of the portage into Clear. I wonder if this could have been for the same purpose.
Before fighting fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually uses water.