Hey Fellow Paddlers,
Many of us like to "get away" or "get isolated" when we take our trips into the BWCA or Quetico. Of course, certain times of the paddling season are better for this such as early or late in the season. There is probably no doubt that this area of the lower 48 is one of the best places to travel if you want to see how many days you can go without seeing anyone. Interesting concept anyway.
My trip with my uncle in 2009 was a perfect example of what I am trying to talk about. You can read about that trip if you go down to the April 22, 2010 blog date. That journey we went 6 1/2 days without seeing a single person. The trip we just took in late September also got us isolated. We didn't see another paddler for about 6 days as well. There was a little asterisk to this, however. When we took a short day trip from Takucmich to La Croix, we did see a motor boat at a distance. Does that count as seeing another person? Probably, but we thought it wasn't quite the same as seeing paddlers on your lake or at portages, etc.
So, with this topic of isolation, let us know how long you have gone without seeing someone. During the summer months, it might only be a 24 hour period. But, doesn't that feel really good to know there is a chance these days to actually get away from the crowds?
We hope you'll share some of your experiences. I've had some clients tell me with bright eyes "we didn't see anyone for two days"! So, I know it is an important thing to some of you.
Enjoy the quiet!