May 26

I was up before 6:00 AM in order to write my web site journal entries through May 25 and send them back with my film partner, Allen Logelin.  At about 11:00 AM Allen and I parted ways.  He paddled towards civilization and I paddled further west towards the heart of the BWCAW.

There was smoke and haze in the air as I paddled west on Saganoga.  This turned out to be smoke from a forest fire in Thunder Bay 60 miles away.  As I paddled west I came to Swamp Lake Portage where last year at exactly this time my wife and I were able to paddle through the channel.  This year the water is so low I had to portage.

Across Swamp Lake I was at Monument Portage that will take me to Knife Lake.   This will be my last portage of the day.  I was missing the companionship of my wife Rebecca.  Especially now, one year ago we were both crossing this portage while on a short trip in the BWCAW.  I remember the time we spent there taking photos of the boundary marker at the center of the portage.

I paddled another 5 miles of the 15-mile length of Knife Lake to my campsite at Little Knife Portage.  I fished and caught one small mouth bass, enough for supper.

Overall it was a nice day, wind was against me, but was able to paddle.