Kayaking Fourmile Lake

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Friday, July 1, 2011

  We rented kayaks one morning... headed to an inland lake on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness straddling the border of Canada... slid our kayaks into the inky waters of Fourmile Lake... slipping through the shoreline reeds, rustling ducks into the air... gliding past curious loons, at one with the water... gliding up to sunning turtles, dropping off their perches upon our approach... riding the gentle rapids of a lake spilled river till it rolled over the submerged edges of a beaver dam. 
While submerged in the various natural beauties strewn throughout the planet, I often submerge myself in the works of the local writers, artists and poets.  Some time back I bumped into a poem on kayaking... and although not written by a local from the Arrowhead region, I felt that it aptly describes the serenity of calm water kayaking. 

 by: Gina Layog

water surrounds me, constantly, 
it undulates beneath me, 
its motion, soothing, gliding, lulling, 
lts sound so seductively, caress, 
unduly stresses, it slowly undress, 
paddling renews in me, 
the sense of peace and wonder, 
brings in the child, long surrendered, 
rejuvinates the soul, 
brings me back home, 
where to nature's bosom
I truly belong, 

paddling lets me free, 
distance me from the din of society
glues my sanity, 
opens my mind to creativity, 
empowering my whole being profoundly

paddling is contentment, 
brings back memories, carefree and pleasant
I'm one with the water, I'm in my element, 
outdoors always a pure enjoyment, 
nature's vista, its colors pleasurable, 
its hidden bounty, its secret joy, 
silent beauty uncomparable.....

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Dan on

I'm enjoying your posts! I highly recommend Arrowhead native writer Sigurd Olson, e.g. The Singing Wilderness.

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