Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

Gunflint Summer
by lilcowdoc

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/19/2008
Entry & Exit Point: Missing Link Lake (EP 51)
Number of Days: 99
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
I was going to write one trip report for a trip last summer, but decided just to lump the whole summer together into one. This report is mostly pictures and a few short stories here and there. Most of my summer was spent between Saganaga and Bearskin on the Gunflint, and I can't wait to get back there!
Part 1 of 4
Summer Begins

In mid-May, right after final exams were over, I made the long haul up to the BWCA for the summer. Upon my arrival there, I was greeted with snow! Now I am not from northern Minnesota, and normally I would have been slightly perturbed if it snowed, yet again, in mid-May. However, I got to experience TWO springs that year: one back home, and one up in the BWCA. I also saw, for the first time, snow-shoed hares with their winter-white coats. I even went on my first paddle of the summer into Missing Link while it was snowing. We found a pair of loons nesting on Missing Link and kept an eye on them for part of the summer. Never saw their loonlings (?) though.