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Loon Pictures at Ely Minnesota

We went on the best canoe trip I have ever been on this summer, and that is no joke. We went to Boundary Waters, Minnesota, a place widely known all over the country as a canoe paradise. The place is the point of departure for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a vast chain of lakes going far north into some of the most pristine and untouched woods that you are likely to find in the whole country. There is really nothing like canoeing the Boundary Waters, and once you go you are likely to return over and over and over again. The old timer at the Boundary Waters canoe livery which outfitted us said he could see it in my eyes when I left. He told me that I had the look of someone who had really been hooked, and would probably consider this to be a home away from home for the whole rest of my life.

One of the things I like most about the Boundary Waters is the isolation of it all. Once you get your canoe equipment from whatever local Boundary Waters outfitter you chose, and head off, that is it. There are a bunch of canoeists around you for probably the first day, but after that you are almost totally on your own. You might see one or two people a day going past you, but basically the whole of the Boundary Waters is yours and yours alone. It is really a wonderful thing. If you ask me, there is nothing like it at all, and that is a fact.

Besides that, the thick, leafy green forest that surrounds you is a real treat, and that is no lie. You can see moose, elk, loons, and migratory birds all around you, as well as a variety of unspoiled native fauna. There is nothing quite like having a whole lake all to yourself as you camp out at night in the middle of the great wide open. It is absolutely breathtaking. Before you pack off to the Boundary Waters Canoe area, there are a few things that you have to keep in mind. Although it is in the middle of Minnesota, the Boundary Waters does get hot in August, and there is the horrible scourge of the Midwest: black flies. But if you heed these simple warnings you should have the time of your life. I know that I did.

We were able to get some great photos of some loons and their chicks. I posted them below.