Smoke Lake Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
This week I finally got a chance to spend some time in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Due to my spring prostate surgery sitting in a canoe was too hard until the last few weeks. Paul Wannarka, shown in this photo, carried the heavier stuff which allowed me to canoe into the wilderness for a few days.
We had a great time and the colors couldn’t have been better. The birch and aspen were glowing with their finest gold and yellows. I was surprised more people were not out taking advantage of fall travel in canoe country. The first day on Smoke Lake we saw only otters. We found two families of otters that entertained us for some time. Even at night as we sat admiring the billions of stars overhead, we heard the distinct splashes as they kept diving for crayfish. They continued to move closer until they started to hiss and sneeze at us while bobbing like buoys in the water.