Canceled July 25, 2013
Voyageurs National Park is a water based park located in northern Minnesota. However, we arrived by automobile and were extremely anxious to hike the Echo Bay Trail. The bugs were intense and we had to move fast to escape the attack of the mosquitos. We had no bug spray. Therefore, during each step we took we would rub our legs, arms, neck and repeated the coordinated movements. We were disappointed at first, but we made the best out of the situation. Later that evening we swam in the chilly water of Kabetogama Lake. After dinner we watched otters swimming around the dock at sunset.
The next day we went to the Kabetogama Visitor center and enjoyed two ranger led canoe rides. The North canoe trip was very informative about how the voyageurs portage fuzzy gold (beaver fur). The second canoe trip was the Family Canoe trip. During the trip we adventured onto Sphunge Island for a real surprise. We saw a bald eagle nest from a fallen tree. That afternoon, we went to the Ash River Visitor Center and hiked Beaver Pond Overlook. Beavers are nocturnal and showed no signs of showing their tales to us. The landscape was beautiful, quiet and less buggy then the day before.
On our last day we woke up at 5:00 am. The calm water was soothing as the fog prevented us from seeing the sunrise. We relaxed under a blanket that a Jedi looking Winston brought from the hotel room at Sandy Point Lodge. Finally, we packed the car and prepared ourselves for the next adventure on our way to the next American national park!