Boundary Waters 2022

11 years since our last trip, Joe and I spend 10 days exploring a section of the wilderness off of the Echo Trail. I can't think of a time when I've got together with Joe since before our first trip in 2008 when we didn't talk about past, present, or future canoe trips.... Sometimes in … Continue reading Boundary Waters 2022

Nippersink Creek May 2018

My buddy Matt and I were supposed to be partners again for this year's 61st running of the Des Plaines Canoe and Kayak Marathon. Sadly, in the 10 days before the marathon was supposed to happen record rainfall occurred within the Des Plaines River's watershed, causing the river to leave its banks. There are a few … Continue reading Nippersink Creek May 2018

Kickapoo River 2016

In November 2015, our Boy Scout troop selected Wildcat Mountain State Park as our destination for May 2016's monthly campout. Due to it's proximity to the Kickapoo River, we decided a day trip down a section of the river would be fun. We're lucky that our troop has a canoe trailer outfitted with a good … Continue reading Kickapoo River 2016

Sylvania Wilderness 2012

Our trip officially started on the 30th of June, when Gavin and I piled into our loaded & canoe-topped Prius to head up North for Cub Scout resident camp. After camp was done we drive a little further North to explore parts of the Sylvania Wilderness in Watersmeet, MI. In April of 2011 I also … Continue reading Sylvania Wilderness 2012

Boundary Waters 2011

Boundary Waters 2011 Summer to Late Fall in 7 Days Our first trip was back in 2008 on the Gunflint side through the Ham and then Cavity Lake fire areas. For our return we wanted to see what the sights around Ely are like. This trip report was originally published on Friday, September 9 … Continue reading Boundary Waters 2011