Back Into The Outdoors: A Moose loop
On the water today!! We had a great pancake & bacon breakfast with OJ and coffee. It was really great. We caught the tow and were paddling after the portage into Birch by 9:30am. We enjoyed relatively low wind and overcast skies but man it's cold. 45-65F. The portages & paddle up to Knife were great, spirits high all around.
Once on Knife however we had more trouble with wind. It was easily a 15-20mph wind straight in our faces (better than at our sides). We paddled as far as we could make ourselves paddle. We didn't make it to SAK, but we got a decent almost-island-basically-peninsula site close to the Bonnie portage down to Kek. The wind was sustained through the late evening and blew right through the campsite.
We're exhausted by this point, more than we realized, and ate lunch of Joe wraps (tortilla, salami, pepperoni, cheese, mustard - brownie points if you know which Joe this is in reference to). The salami was amazing. Then we processed firewood and got water and set up the tent. This took us about 2 hours after landing. The site was windy but thankfully it means no bugs. At least almost none. We had a fabulous steak, mashed potatoes, and shallot dinner, cooked over the fire. Thanks G.
After getting back from the BWCA and looking to leave reviews for the campsites we stayed at, I found that our Knife campsite had a history of bear sightings. I am thankful to be able to say we did not encounter one! I didn't think it was that great of a site at the time, maybe I still don't, but it was decent for sure. I ended up checking it out in September but it was taken.
We had some sips of whiskey and put out the fire around 11 for bed. Sleep came easy. I did not dream.