My second big trip this summer was a 10-day canoe adventure in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. I spent my childhood wandering the forests and fields of Wisconsin, and it was fun to be up in the Northwoods again. Living in the Western United States for the past 15 years, I had forgotten what it felt like to swim in warm, non-alpine lakes and to fish for something other than trout (boy- can those smallies put up a fight)! The plant life was amazingly lush, and I loved falling asleep each night to the call of loons.
We were even able to take along Molly, our three-legged wonder dog, as she was able to spend most of the time in the canoe (though she really impressed us by galloping along on all the portages). We had a couple of terrifying days battling big waves and almost swamping, and worrying that our campsite might blow away in a couple of intense thunderstorms, but we made it through unscathed. Through all the adventure, I had a couple of opportunities to sketch. The above drawing is of my favorite campsite overlooking a spectacular cove with rock outcroppings all around.