Sitting on the West Side of the 8-½ 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 ½ 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.