Relaxing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

It was 2pm on Friday and we had NO PLANS for the weekend. When does that happen?? NEVER! So we made a solid last minute decision to head way up north for a camping trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Normally you’d plan a trip like this out in advance, but part of the fun of camping is taking off with your pack, tent and fishing pole without an idea of where you will be sleeping that night (note: admittedly, we got lucky and snagged a last minute permit cancellation, normally you should at least reserve a BWCA permit in advance).

Bill (he’s been outfitting the BWCA for 50+ years!) at Sawbill Outfitters set us up on the perfect 2-night trip. In just about 3 hours of paddling and a few brutal portages, we came upon our campsite on a beautiful lake that we had all to ourselves!

Our campsite was perfect (well, they all are up there). Upon getting settled, I noticed wild blueberry bushes ALL OVER the place! I was in absolute heaven. In the morning, I picked a generous helping of blueberries and added them to our breakfast of warm oatmeal and Ginger Pear Macadamia muesli. NUM! I seriously thought about trying to recreate it this morning at home but I was lacking a key ingredient (wild blueberries) and a key setting (5am, campfire, glass lake, loons calling…you get the idea).

If you have never been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, I STRONGLY recommend it! The pristine lakes, freshwater fishing and remote wilderness campsites are truly spectacular. Today I am feeling very appreciative of our preserved natural parks – their breathtaking beauty and bountiful wild blueberries!

Enjoy your morning,

Hannah Barnstable
Hannah Barnstable