July 19, 2008
As you probably expected, I ended up having the most delightful day today. Mostly because I enjoyed the company of Rob a little too much.
The deal here re canoeing or kayaking is that you go to one of the 22 outfitters in this small town. They set you up with a canoe, other rigging, and a map. They put a removable [temp] canoe carrier on your car, and off you go. You go to the launch area of the lake your of choice. Canoe it and head towards a tree that has a reflective orange diamond on it. That is the portage – trail where you carry your canoe to the next lake. Tool around that lake and look for the orange diamond. Carry your canoe to the next lake. Do this over and over again, and stop to camp wherever.
Great concept, but I don’t want to do this on my own.
Having Rob with me was perfect. Besides his great company, he has the truck, the canoe, can remove and put the canoe back on top of his truck [which I’m not sure if I’d be able to do by myself – without scratching up my car], has the map and “plan”, provides most of the paddling/speed, steers the canoe [especially into the portage] AND carries it to the next lake.
I…ahh…paddled all the time, took in the sights, took photos, and carried the paddles/ backpacks to the next lake.
Great gig, huh?
So, I had much more fun than I thought I would have. Or would have if I was by myself.
Rob laughed at me cuz I was almost 100% covered in clothes [including the ole pants tucked into my socks look]. This was due to the bug issue, and also the hot sun blazing down on me.
He said that when you are on the water, moving, the bugs won’t bother you. He was right. It’s the time on land moving the canoe to the next lake where the black flies swirl all around you.
The sun went behind clouds and in fact, looked like it was going to blow up a nice storm, but didn’t. So, no hot sun beating down on me.
We saw a couple loons, but no other wildlife.
It really is very pretty.
We went to 3 lakes, and of course back to the truck. Took us around 2.5 hours.
Then we had lunch next to a lake, and then hung out at the hip coffee shop for hours.
Side note – I hope all my clothes wearing paid off in a round about way – Rob found a tick on his foot. I don’t see anything, but he said his was the size of a pinhead and black – it looked like a freckle.
Re music tonite, yesterday I saw a poster with 2 guys who are supposed to be playing music outside 6.30 – 8.30 pm. It was really one guy [but the poster shows him twice – 2 different photos]. He is playing in a 3 sided [with roof] log cabin. They have comfy chairs and Adirondack chairs for people to sit and listen. Right next door is …a homemade ice cream shop. Sheesh. So, I got some ice cream and listened to music.
It’s that semi-karaoke thing again. He is a one man band [an ex mayor]…with recorded music of other instruments and backing/harmony vocals.
He’s probably around 60 and playing Golden Oldies.
There is myself, a woman who is probably his wife, and a hippie couple in their late 50’s.
He keeps asking for requests, and the hippie couple are mentioning artists. After a while, he looks at me and asks me for a request. I say “Neil Young”. He says the only song of his that he knows is “Cinnamon Girl”, but that song is too rock and roll and it’s too much for others in the audience.
The hippie woman, who has dyed a patch of her gray hair purple, tells him: “We are children of the 60’s…PLAY IT!”
He does. They then request Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. He plays it.
Then he plays something else NOT Golden Oldies. That fast [snap of my fingers], we completely changed his act.
Then I went to The Boathouse to listen to a band. They were a bunch of 25 year olds, and a bunch of 25 yo dancing. Between that band and the next, I realized that the hip “dance”, at least in MN, is “running in place” – kinda bend forward, run in place while swinging your arm wildly from side to side. Just about everyone, including the guys on stage were doing this.
Tomorrow, I’m going to hike to another waterfall, then am off in the direction of Fort Frances, Ontario, where I will most likely spend the nite. Then head west in the direction of Winnipeg.
Once I hit Canada, I won’t have my computer aire card for internet and will need to find wi-fi. When I was in Canada before, I could get Canadian service on a monthly basis, but AT&T changed that up, and now I have to sign a 12 month contract.
I did sign up for the “discount” on using my cell phone – 60 cents a minute, vs 80 cents. This I could get on a monthly basis.