Canoe Trip Planning
While the transition into spring and summer comes easily for nearly all Minnesotans eager to have more than a few hours of daylight, and to actually be able to feel the intensity of the sun against our skin, the process of beginning to plan for a summer trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) or Quetico can be a little more daunting. While it is overwhelming to think about all of the aspects of a trip that need to be planned at the same time, by breaking down the planning process into manageable segments, you can be ready to strap down your Hoigaard's bought or rented canoe, fill your coffee mug and merge onto I35 north on your way to a much needed respite from the Urban Jungle in no time.
Even though most of my trip planning experience has been in the form of leading canoe and backpacking trips for teens through YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, the basics are still the same whether you're a family looking to instill your love of the woods within your kids, or a group of friends in search of dinner on the end of a hook. The three basic areas of planning that will need to be addressed are route (including permit), meals, and gear/equipment.
As usual, this advice is far from complete, and the expert staff at Hoigaard's would love to help you by sharing our knowledge of trip planning and enthusiasm for wilderness travel, so please stop in with your questions! Also, continue to check the Camp Shop's website for more comprehensive trip planning info and links to helpful resources.
Happy Trails, and don't forget to Leave No Trace.