We had conditions up here that only happen once every 20 years or so.
We snuck out for a quick weekend camping trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I brought along our new cast iron Dutch oven and made some fantastic fish chowder.
It's the time of year when the Echo Trail blazes with purple lupine. I ride my bike a lot from our house in Winton to the Echo Trail and then up to Bass Lake and back.
We like to take a little trip into the Boundary Waters every June. We tried the lottery to get an overnight motor permit up into Jackfish, but we didn't get one. Instead, we're headed to Snowbank. Because we don't have to portage, we're taking the big boat.
I took my camera along today. I wanted to show you scenes from Ely and the beginnings of Ely Winterfest.
We hiked about a mile through the woods to this lake. Here is Steve setting up the first tip-up.