I am leading a womens' retreat to the BWCA this summer, and thought I'd post some images from past Boundary Waters trips. We will be on a big lake, full of islands. One is called Three Mile Island, to give a sense of scale.
We camp on the lake shore, which is often rocky. One can hear the water lapping on the shore, and the loons and whip-poor-wills calling.
The surrounding forest is generally mixed pine, fir, and softwoods like birch and aspen. There are some astounding and ancient cedars.
By August we can hope for fair weather.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Drink down the liquor and raise your eyes to give praise for a mouth and a belly, and then start upon the chicken."
"Bad thoughts and greediness, Huw," my father said. "Want all, take all, and give nothing. The world was made on a different notion. You will have everything from the ground if you will ask the right way. But you will have nothing if not. Those poor men down there are all after something they will never get. They will never get it because their way of asking is wrong. All things come from God, my son. All things are given by God, and to God you must look for what you will have. God gave us time to get His work done, and patience to support us while it is being done. There is your rod and staff. No matter what others may say to you, my son, look to god in your troubles. And I am afraid what is starting down by there, now this moment, is going to give you plenty of troubles in times to come."
"Gaslight, when it came, made people want to read less, for comfort perhaps, and electric light sent them to bed earlier because it was dearer. But when did people stop being friends with their mothers and fathers, and itching to be out of the house, and going mad for other things to do, I cannot think. It is like and asthma, that comes on a man quickly. He has no notion how he had it, but there it is, and nothing to cure it."