Miles Paddled : 50
Trash Removed : 24.1lbs
Yea, the intention of journaling and sharing on da blog more this river trip was just super interrupted for the last 25 hours…
In the midst of the 50 mile marathon, Paul and I soloed two canoes from midnight to 9 am around and across Lake Winnibigoshish (the third largest inland lake in MN, constituting ~20 miles of the ‘days’ total).
It had already been a full day paddle as we found ourselves soaking in the lingering setting sun, which eventually yielded to a clear, no moon, starry heaven rich ceiling.
After a couple hours navigating relatively narrow river in the dark, we landed on shore where the river transforms into lake. Cooked soup, drank coffee, and pushed off just before midnight to be greeted by the northern lights, shooting stars, and big water.
Then, we paddled.
For the next 9 hours.
Quick night vision shot. It was dark, bet.
And with gratitude and exhaustion made it to the other side all the better for it.
Not all days are like this but when it’s right-it’s right, and it’s usually best to just surrender to the flow. Constant judgement calls in relation to what is.
It was a small window with low winds and storms on our heels which supported this epic opportunity (as well as some locals fueling us with fish fry and mid-day dreams that it would be a good idea-I think they usually use a boat with a motor!)
Morning sunrise on Lake Winnie was oh so welcomed. Gonna need some time to process and digest this one.
Follow the light on…
-Michael ‘B. Spectrum’