Steve had the week off so we've been camping/fishing fools. We weren't "technically" in the Boundary Waters, but then everything up here is really the Boundary Waters.
This time we hired Packsack Canoe Outfitters to help us across the portage - they live just a couple doors down from us. That way we could bring some luxury items and I didn't have to hurt myself getting that boat across the rocks.
We tied wheels under the boat to push it across. The portage was so rocky that we had to haul all of our gear and the boat motor separately instead of leaving it all in the boat. Our boat has its own portage wheels, but this portage is narrow and rocky and it was best to use wheels underneath the boat instead of side wheels.
Here's our gear.
When you camp like this, you have to think of everything. There is no store to buy what you forgot. Turns out I forgot coffee filters. Luckily in our utility bin I had a short roll of paper towels. I doubled them up and folded them to make a filter. It worked just fine.
We like to eat fish when we're camping (that is, if you catch some). We mix it up and have fish in unusual ways. I made a Tom Kha with fish one night. Before we left home I put the flavors for the soup in a little Tupperware container and brought along some coconut milk. Perfect! It was delicious with little bluegills.
Here is the island where we pitched our tent. If you look closely, you can see our tent up on that rock.
The beauty of an island is that Tansy can have free will. It's like Disney World to her. She can roll on stuff, try to pull sticks out of the water, chase the beaver that swims by, and bite bugs all day and night. No worries.
For sure a luxury item was our screen house. We have been very, very lucky this year that the bug population is super low. I think it was because of the deep freeze earlier in the week. Any little bugs that hatched got nipped by that freeze. So did our garden - but that's a different story.
Now this is what we were after. Bluegill.
And that's a wrap on the vacation and the pseudo Boundary Waters trip. It's time to get back in the studio. I promise to show you new, shiny things soon.