Our last morning on the water dawned misty and gray. The trees blurred together to create a unified front along the distant shore. The waters were quiet and calm as we slid the canoes back into the water and loaded them once more.
Silently, while paddling at an easy pace, I said goodbye to the loons, the eagles, the heavy pine forest landscape, and the pristine waters of the BWCA.
In a society of constant technological distraction and achingly over-burdened schedules, family time like this is to be treasured, even if only for a few nights.
The landscape may be familiar to me after 20 years of living in northern Minnesota — the lakes, the pines, the rocky shoreline, even the loons and the eagles — but I was reminded of a quote of Rachel Carson’s from Silent Spring:
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
Without the distractions of daily life, the BWCA provides visitors an opportunity to ponder the beauty, and truly appreciate it. Too often, we are multi-tasking even while engaged in recreational pursuits. Everyone needs some time periodically to escape to the wilderness — no wi-fi, no cell phone, no intrusion from the outside world. Power lines and cell towers are not part of this landscape, and therein lies the difference from so many other settings where similar pursuits are enjoyed. These modern-day conveniences change the tone of our engagement with each other. And as wonderful as technology can be, it is a blessing to unplug and engage in a different way.
Ciao! ~ Kat
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