Ready to go!

I just finished packing and I have way too much stuff. How can one accurately estimate how much food one will eat in a month? It's all a guessing game. I will meet up with the Debs on Wednesday, and I'm sure they will have way too much stuff also. The problem is that we... Continue Reading →

Four Weeks

It is four weeks until we push off to finish the Canadian part of the Red River, followed by the 250 miles of Lake Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that "the Red River has crested and flooding season has essentially ended." Perhaps we won't have to relive our mudhole experiences from last year. The... Continue Reading →

Two months and counting

Even though there is wind chill of 17° this morning, it is April 1st, no fooling, and it is spring! Time to get working on the next leg of our canoe trip to Hudson Bay. This year's planning will be more extensive than in the past because we will be paddling in areas where there... Continue Reading →

Trouble ahead

We pushed off into a windy Lake Winnipeg on the second leg of our trip to Hudson Bay. Within minutes our canoe was taking in water over the bow because of the big waves. Debbie and Debbie both concluded that the best way to avoid taking on water was to move to the back of... Continue Reading →

The Galapagos Report

I have lived many places in my 70 years, and have travelled to countless others. I don't usually rave about a location even if I loved it. I don't make bored dinner guests watch endless slideshows. But my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands is an exception. If you are looking for unusual and weird... Continue Reading →

Galapagos Islands, Here I Come!

The Island Girl is at it again! I leave home on Monday for a week exploring the Galapagos Islands. I expect that it will be reminiscent of Iceland, except for the heat, the rain, the snorkeling, the cacti, the buried pirate treasure, and the wildlife: blue-footed boobies, lumbering giant tortoises, showy frigatebirds, the only marine... Continue Reading →

In the Bleak Midwinter

This week I went up to Elbow Lake where our cabin is. The snow was deep, fresh, clean, white, fluffy, and undisturbed. It stood about 18 inches tall on every horizontal surface. I went for a walk in the deafening silence and realized that 50 years ago this month I was on my first foray... Continue Reading →

The Big, Wide Red

I am excited to tell you that a story about our Red River paddling trip has just been published in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. This is a magazine published by the Minnesota DNR that seeks to preserve, protect, and publicize Minnesota's natural treasures. Check it out here: (pressing the blue letters should give you the... Continue Reading →

It’s just another day

It was a dark and stormy night, and a rainy and windy dawn. I loaded my boat with things I am taking home to Iowa, as it will take many trips to get everything to my car. Crossing the lake, I thought to myself, "It is really windy today! " but since I was heading... Continue Reading →

A new-style grain bin

Several times in the last few weeks I have found pieces of dog food in my boots when I put them on in the morning. I figured either I dropped a piece into my cuff accidentally or Monkey the dog was a messy eater. This morning I put on a boot in the dark and... Continue Reading →

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