One of the great sightings on Alpine Lake was the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. We were really tired after our big day and we were sitting around the campfire at night and decided to hit the hay early since we had one of the biggest portage of our trip the next morning, 101 rods over to Seagull Lake. While we were sitting there with the flames dying out we noticed lights in the sky that looked like smoke or fog with flashlights flickering off them. We went out on our little point at the campsite and it looks like ghosts hanging low in the sky.
The next morning was super cold and we could see our breath so it must have been somewhere in the 40s. Our Columbia Omni Heat tights and shirts were exactly what we needed while getting packed up at camp. When you are active and as your body heat warms up it is reflected back to your skin to feel warm. To me, wearing an Omni heat shirt is equivalent to wearing a sweatshirt - but without the bulkiness. We changed into our Columbia Omni Freeze Zero shirts for the portage and the paddle across Seagull Lake.
When we were in our planning session with the Voyaguer Canoe Outfitter staff we asked their opinion of our proposed route and if there were any highlights or cool trails we would be going by and Matt mentioned that we could climb up on top of the Palisades on Seagull Lake. He explained how there is a rocky little landing straight under that is a very steep climb up to the top. So we marked it on our map and you can see in the center of this picture above, there is a dark shadowy area in the center which is the path to the top of the palisades. You have to be a mountain goat to climb it but its worth it. Be careful.
Our view from the top of the rock. You can see the whole lake and all the islands we navigated to get to this point. Next year I want to bring by big Nikon camera and have DH stay in the canoe and get a picture of me up on the rock. I've seen people post that shot on instagram (follow me: Frugalapolis) and it's spectacular.
Here's a cute bench a camper made with a warning "Don't Burn". I guess the campground has different rules than the BWCA - no camp furniture making allowed. The BWCA has a simple motto for all -"Leave No Trace".
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