Boundary Waters – Fall 2013

Tofte, MN

Sawbill to Burnt Lake

This trip had a more leisurely pace compared to the summer 2009 trip. There were not any epic portages, mosquito plagues or nasty storms. The weather was perfect and a little warm for early September with high temperatures in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s.

From Sawbill, we had a short 4.5 mile paddle with 2 quick portages to get to the campsite at Burnt Lake. Once at Burnt Lake, we had our choice of sites. Our campsite was large enough to accommodate 4 tents and the location was central to all areas of the lake. There was a nice fire ring with precut wood left by the previous campers.

This year’s crew included Charlie, Gary, Rick and I. As usual, Charlie planned out the route and took care of permits ahead of time. I'm always amazed how knowledgeable Chuck is in all things outdoors for someone so entrenched in big city living.

This was my first trip with Gary. He has an easy going and calming personality. Gary is a knowledgeable fly fisher and had the patience to give me a quick lesson. He is also a fellow creative and I look forward to our next trip.

Rick is a master at fish cleaning and his backcountry culinary skills are unmatched. He can break down a fish in minutes with minimal waste. On top of that, he packs enough condiments and spices to create a 5 star meal in the middle of nowhere.

I came with my usual assortment of gadgets to document the trip. This year I brought a GoPro Hero 3 Black high-definition camera. It was fun to try some different video techniques such as the time lapse video and the camera mounted in the canoe.

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