I went on a 9.5 mile canoe day trip on Saturday up the Isabella River and Rice lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wiliderness. This is about two and a half hours or so north of where I live. I love this area and have canoed other parts of this river before. There are Native American pictographs along this river too. The Native Americans harvest the abundance of the wild rice that grows along this area in late Fall. Unfortunately, a few years ago there was a huge forest fire that destroyed much of the area so in many of the photos I will show, the trees are barren and stark due to being burned. It added a sort of haunting beauty to the area, and was such a contrast against the life giving wild rice plants and soft lilly pads growing in the river. Wild rice requires deep water and it is amazing to have the experience of seeing it grow in nature, down to the finest grain. As we paddled along the rice paddies the canoe naturally chucked some rice grain so that it fell into the canoe and it reminded me of a documentary of wild rice harvesting by the Native Americans. This is a very spiritual area for them, sacred and beautiful, and we did our best to respect it as visitors. On a side note, we thought the wildlife crossing sign was a hoot. Of course we know that wildlife cross in other areas besides the area the sign designates as a "wildlife crossing" lol. Edit to add: our dog Sable wears a lifejacket even though she is an excellent swimmer. It helps others distinguish her from a bear, and should we overturn in the canoe, it helps us keep her with us. And if we overturned in the canoe in the middle of a lake crossing, she would not be exhausted trying to tread water.
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Last edited by Naturebound; 08-31-2015 at 06:17 PM.