7 Best Boundary Waters Entry Points for Trips with Babies and Toddlers

7 Best Boundary Waters Entry Points for Trips with Babies and Toddlers

Here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, there are plenty of lakes and rivers to go canoe camping. Why do we drive the extra distance to enter the BWCA? For our family, it’s the special sense of place we have while we are in the wilderness. It’s a feeling we haven’t experienced anywhere else in Minnesota. It’s important that our children grow up learning and discovering in the wilderness so we put in the extra work and make our pilgrimage to the Boundary Waters as many times we can each summer. Read more about what the Boundary Waters mean to us With…

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Save the Boundary Waters for Them

Save the Boundary Waters for Them

When I entered Wilderness for the first time as a confused and lost 19 year old girl I had no idea the path life would take me on. Now, 11 years later I’m a wife, a mother to a son and am expecting a daughter next month. Wilderness for me used to be my sanctuary. After meeting my husband, Bobby, wilderness was a setting of bonding and discovery. As we were starting our lives together we entered wilderness together and did extraordinary things. We learned about each other, we learned the importance of communication, we learned to care for one another,…

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What Not to Do in The BWCA: A Toddler’s Tale of Woe

What Not to Do in The BWCA: A Toddler’s Tale of Woe

Any time you take the leap and bring a toddler along on an adventure it’s a toss-up as to whether or not it will go well. Sometimes, like our first trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) with 23-month-old Jack, the trip is a resounding success and you come home feeling energized and encouraged (and let’s be honest, pretty sleepy too!). Other times, the journey isn’t successful. When this happens we always go through a period of reflection. We ask ourselves, what went wrong? Why did it go wrong? What could we have done better? What can we take away…

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BWCA With a Toddler

BWCA With a Toddler

We had planned for a 4 day 3 night trip to the BWCA but, I ended up feeling really terrible starting after lunch on day 3. We were concerned I may have had a touch of heat stroke, and being 6 months pregnant we didn’t want to take any chances, so we ended up leaving that afternoon. In the three days and two nights that we were there we experienced, saw, and learned a lot. Finding a Campsite We had chosen Lake Kawishiwi because we were able to put right in from a boat launch at the primitive campground located…

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Prepping for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Prepping for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

We wanted to plan a fun and epic trek for our extended Fourth of July weekend but weren’t totally sure what we wanted to do. Being six months pregnant was a limiting factor but, overall I’ve been feeling really great so we decided that a short overnight backpacking trip would be really fun. Alas, planning a trip over one of the most popular holiday weekends just a couple of weeks before the date isn’t the greatest idea and all the backpacking sites we were interested in were taken. This led Bobby to check out some hiking/backpacking options in the Boundary…

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