Saturday, August 23, 2008

Quiet Magic

When you wake up in the Boundary Waters, you hear loons on the lake, birds chirping, maybe water lapping against the shore, and your fellow campers stirring. If you're lucky, the cooks are already up and you smell breakfast cooking on the fire. First order, of course, is to use the facilities, which doesn't take long because, well, yeah.

I don't know why it is, but meals always taste so much better when you are in the wilderness. And we were reaping the rewards of hauling in all that food because, boy, did we eat well!

After cleaning up from breakfast, your day is wide open. You can head out in a canoe to fish or explore other islands and lakes. I had a chance to read a book I hadn't had the time to start, take photographs, and have several nice conversations with family members. I got to sit down with my father-in-law and ask him questions about a journal his mother had written when she and some friends hitchhiked from Minnesota to Yellowstone in the summer of 1924, and it gave me an idea for a 'tween book.

Others of us busied themselves with catching supper.

Which the rest of us devoured, thank you very much Curtis and Grandma.

After such a hectic and stressful day, there's only one thing to do. Roast marshmallows and enjoy the sunset.

Which is exactly what we did.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Wilderness...

2:43 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

azariah - Welcome and yes, it is beautiful, like nothing else.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow those last two photos are gorgeous.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

heather - Yes, and all I had to do was snap them, nature did the rest.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Now you need to blow them up and frame them!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

jeff - I'm sure there will be some of that. My next project is to compile photos and such and make scrapbooks for all the campers.

11:58 AM  
Blogger KiddoKare1 said...

Wow, Linda. You're almost making me wish I'd been there.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

tracy - Not your typical vacation, but definitely worth it!

6:23 PM  
Blogger KiddoKare1 said...

Yeah, just trying to picture Tom or I doing any of that kinda gives me a headache. LOL.

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just now got to all four of the episodes from the boundary waters. GREAT JOB! Thanks for the words and photos. It was a real priviledge to be a part of that adventure and hope it acts as a prelude to many more.

One of the 70's something.

Dad/Gramps/Breakfast cook

6:29 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

dad - Just finished posting the last of it which doesn't do justice to the experience, but I tried!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

dad - P.S. you were an awesome breakfast cook! The last post has a picture of you actually getting to eat after feeding everyone else - you earned it!

8:11 PM  

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