Chasing Waterfalls and Riding the Voyageur Highway!

This week we have some classic wilderness trips in motion! Each camper had the opportunity to chose which of the four trips they wanted to sign up for. The first trip left on Monday and the fourth trip left this morning (Wednesday). Everybody will return on Friday afternoon to share their tales from the trails but we won’t leave you hanging that long! Keep reading to discover which adventures our Birchwood boys have set out for this week.

Voyageur Highway 1 – 5 Day Trip

This trip is lead by Birchwood counselors, Dragon aka Max (right) and Nacho aka Jack (left), with Senior Leadership Camper – Dillon (middle).

This group was dropped off in Ely, MN with the task of paddling back to camp along the Canadian border! Roughly 50 miles, this route was a traditional trade route of the French-Canadian Voyageurs. This is a trip with two large lakes (Knife Lake and Saganaga) and many small intimate lakes strung together by small portages. The longest portage, Monument Portage (75 rods), is a great spot to take a photo with one foot on the US side of the border marker and one foot on the Canadian side.

Follow them on their adventure: (Birchwood 1)

Eddie Falls – 4 Day Trip

This trip is lead by co-counselors Casio aka Jacob (right) and Gatsby aka Dylan (left), with Senior Leadership Camper – Antoinne (far right).

This group paddled off into the morning sun for an out-and-back paddling adventure to the scenic Eddie Falls! This chain of waterfalls is perfect for scrambling along the rocks in search of the perfect waterfall to receive a back massage from!

Follow them on their adventure here: (Birchwood 2)

Rose Lake – 4 Day Trip

This trip is lead by co-counselors Gov’nor aka Jon (middle) and the legendary PelĂ© aka Bruce (right), with Senior Leadership Camper – Ian (left).

Ahhh Rose Lake, perhaps *the* most coveted lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Perhaps it’s the Canadian bluffs along the northeastern shore or the Rat Lake Bluffs along the southwestern shore or the beautiful cedar trees blanketing campsites or the legendary Stairway Portage along Rose Falls that make Rose Lake so special…either way, our Birchwood boys are in for a treat!

This trip was dropped off at West Bearskin Lake with a short paddle in to Duncan Lake and then Rose. Their plan is to spend ample time at Rose Lake and then keep paddling to Gunflint Lake where they’ll be picked up.

Follow them on their adventure here: (Birchwood 4)

Superior Hiking – 3 Day Trip

This group is guided by Nemo aka Sebastian (left) and Archie aka McRae, with Senior Leadership Campers Nathan (center front row) and Yonatan (center back row).

They are headed to the north shore of Lake Superior to begin hiking a portion of the Superior Hiking Trail! They their sights set on reaching Devil’s Kettle by the end of their tree day adventure along the majestic Lady Superior!

Follow them on their journey here: (Birchwood 5)

As our campers set their sights on adventure, let’s wish them starry night skies and golden sunrises! May lifelong friendships be forged and a stronger sense of self be discovered!

Happy Trails,

Ashley, Director

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