May 18 & 19

Sitting on the West Side of the 8- mile Grand Portage Trail is a good feeling especially when you are going west.  I completed the portage and arrived here at the old site of Fort Charlotte at 7:00 PM May 17.  Today (May 18) I head West on the Pigeon River, inland towards the height of land portage where I will become baptized as Nor-Wester.  I left Fort Charlotte at 12:00 noon May 18 and paddled up stream on the Pigeon River, the same river that forms the boundary between the US and Canada.   After paddling and lining for 8 hours I was about way up the river (literally).   I made a camp in what I refer to as the swamp.  Every so often one ends up camping in a less than perfect site and this was one of those times.  Up on the morning of May 19 I looked through the screen of the tent towards the sunrise over the horizon and said to myself "Happy Birthday" 31 years old today.  I took down camp and got on water quickly as the mosquitoes were thick here.  I completed the Pigeon River today and made it all the way to Entry Point 70 at Moose Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  Camped here-what a perfect way to spend my birthday.