This is my 8th trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). I started coming here in 1978 on a Wilderness Adventure course offered by Oakton Community College. 16 students and 2 professors/instructors took us on a 10 day canoe trip starting from the Gunflint Trail paddling and portaging from lake to lake. After that I was lucky enough to go on the trip the next 3 years as the water safety/advanced first aid person. I worked the end of one season at Seagull Lake Outfitters. A few years later I did a solo trip, then in 1993 I rented a cabin at Hestons Lodge on Gunflint Lake (Stay tuned for a separate post on my visit there). Bringing me to my 7th stay at here in Bob at Gunflint Pines Resort. (A separate post on the 2 women running this resort will follow as well). Out of all the places I have travelled I have come back here the most often. It has a very special place in my heart.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW or BWCA), is a million + acre wilderness area within the Superior National Forest in northeastern part of the US state of Minnesota under the administration of the U.S. Forest Service. A mixture of forests, glacial lakes, and streams, the BWCAW’s preservation as a primitive wilderness began in the 1900s and culminated in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act of 1978. It is a popular destination for both canoeing, hiking, and fishing, and is one of the most visited wildernesses in the United States.