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A summer storm was brewing and we could hear thunder rumbling in the near distance. We felt we could beat the weather and began pushing and dragging the old alumacraft canoe upstream. In an instant, KaBoom! Lightning stuck a tree along the bank thirty yards upstream and we were knee deep in the river grasping a metal canoe. To this day I cannot remember how we ended up on shore waiting out the storm while our canoe sat jammed up on rocks in the middle of the river filling up with rain. I’m guessing fear had something to do with that!
There are many reasons why this pristine wilderness along the shared border of Minnesota/Ontario is important. Feeling alive, like that first experience on the portage mentioned above is one of them. A close encounter with nature can turn into a tremendous learning experience. The fair price for wilderness travel is awareness.
My wife and I have raised three kids all of whom have been paddling these wilderness waters now for more than two decades. It warms our hearts they have taken the initiative and responsibility of introducing this amazing water laden wilderness to their friends. They have become stewards of our border wilderness. To protect it, we need more to experience the wild and value its lessons.
This is one of the reasons the BWCA is so important to me. It’s an accessible wilderness open to all. The takeaway of delighting in darkness, wildlife, reflections, sounds and aroma build a kinship with man & nature.
Layne Kennedy - Photographer
Layne Kennedy is an internationally known photographer who lives in our home state of Minnesota. He has captured the lifestyle and culture of the northwoods for years. Educated in fine art photography, Layne is known for his editorial photography that conveys a strong sense of place. His images are featured in magazines worldwide.All content courtesy of Layne Kennedy. Article originally published here.