BLOG 008 Lake One : Natural Selections--Observations on Art and Nature
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BLOG 008 Lake One

by Jim Rataczak on 08/01/12

Just returned from a great week in the canoe country of northern Minnesota with my family.  We stayed at Kawishiwi Lodge, in a great little cabin on the shores of the glorious Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness.  It was a fantastic way to make day trips into the "B-Dub", and the weather couldn't have been better.

My family likes to fish, and happily we found a few Northerns, Smallmouth Bass, and an occasional walleye.  My neice boated a huge Largemouth, too, weighing in at over 6 lbs!  The lodge provides canoes and kayaks, and my kids had a great time paddling all around Lake One and the equally beautiful Kawishiwi River.

As I always am, I was blown away by the Loons and scenery..  The rugged basins of these Canadian Shield lakes are filled with ancient boulders that make gigantic, intricately textured backdrops for our state bird.  Loons are beautiful no matter when or where you see them.  But set amid these rocks, as mist rises from the lake's surface...well, you really can't beat it.  Waking up each morning in the cabin, I'd hear the soulful wail of the Loon, and think that there really are no other sounds that match so perfectly with a place. 

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