May 27

Paddle from Little Knife Portage to Big Knife Portage.  Did not have to carry...was able to run the rapids in the next 4 portages that are broken up by a succession of small lakes.  I had to portage from Birch Lake into Basswood.   Basswood Lake is a large lake that you can run boats with motors on.  Kind of annoying for someone paddling.  I paddled on Basswood for 2 hours before landing on an island at 9:00 PM.  It was a wonderful sunset as the wind went down to nothing and the loons started to make their cry that reminds one so much of the North Country.  I sat and drifted in the kayak for a hour listening to the loons and night sounds before pulling up on shore to set up camp in the park.