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July 5, 2006

Still Doing Well

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Greetings from up north! The trip continues to go well. I spent the 4th in Duluth, MN. My grandma grew up there so it was neat to see a little of that town. Before that I stayed at a few state parks working my way across Wisconson, lots of waterfalls. One big one and a few smaller. I took lots of pictures and can actually upload them this time. I also put in my pictures for the last update. There are some good ones.

I got pulled over about 10 minutes after my last update, I had missed a speed limit sign, but after checking out my info he let me off. Today was a beautiful drive up Lake Superior before cutting inland to Ely. Gorgeous country and am glad that I’m getting see it. Don’t know how long I’d want to stay in January though. On Friday I’m going on a 5 day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. They are called that because they are on the border with Canada.

It will be just me and my canoe and whatever critters I come across, some will even be bigger than me. The day after I finish that I will be drastically put back into civilization and fly to Boston for a baseball weekend with friends and family there and in New York City. If it weren’t for that I’d probably be trying to spend another week up here.

I’ve driven about 2,300 miles so far. Gas has been the biggest part of the budget. Only paid over $3/gal once so far. I put that in just to make the California readers upset. This canoe trip is one of the first things added to my to do list on this trip and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since then. I’ll be sure to empty my memory card and probably fill it back up as long as my batteries hold out.

A few travel notes, the two items I haven’t figured out how to cook at camp are pizza and mexican food. I took care of the pizza at lunch/dinner today. Whatever my 3:00 meal was. I was unconsciously stocking up on Mexican the last week of work so I’ll put that craving off a little longer. I really haven’t missed sleeping in a bed as much as I thought I would. Although there were a few 6am rain showers in Wisconsin which sent me scrambling to put the fly on the tent. I’ve been leaving it off so I could see the stars through the top of the tent. It has been in the low to mid 80s during the day and 55-60 at night, plenty warm enough with my sleeping bag. Thanks for all the notes, can’t wait to share my boundary waters experience.

Cheers,
Brian

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