We’ve been at home decompressing from our trip for the past couple of days. We’re definitely catching up on our sleep (as much as the kids will allow!). It’s hard to believe our trip is over. We spent over 6 months planning and preparing for it. We’re bummed that we weren’t able to finish the backpacking portion, but we 100% know we made the right decision in stopping it and instead car camping and doing a few day hikes. Plus, we have to leave some challenges for us to do as the kids get older!
In the end we spent almost 3 weeks in or on the border of the wilderness. Biking 65 miles from Grand Rapids to Virginia, MN, Canoeing 31 miles along the Canadian Border from Moose Lake near Ely, MN to Saganaga Lake at the end of the Gunflint trail. Most importantly we all had a blast and made memories to last a lifetime. Rowan learned how to clap, wave, and stood on her own for the first time during the trip. Jack ate his first s’more, saw his first bear and moose skat, and sat on his own in the canoe for up to 6 hours a day. When we got to a hotel on our way home from the trip Jack asked where our sleeping bags were and then said that there was no where to have a fire in the room! -
In the next couple of weeks we’ll be sharing more stories and memories from our trips along with some reviews of the best gear we had along that made it all possible. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll answer them in the comments or make a future post about the topic.