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Beach bonfire in Minnesota

Original post made by Daniel Kelley, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 27, 2010

Veasey and I are eight days into the trip and about 130 miles downriver.

After an easy day of paddling (10 miles on the day), I'm broadcasting to you from our camp on a sandbar somewhere southeast of Lake Winnibigoshish.

We've deemed today to be something of a day off and have mostly drifted with the current as we've spotted fish in the water (we hope to buy a handline soon to catch some), listened to music, and talked about everything from our personal top-ten states to favorite candy bars to the books we're reading ("The Things They Carried" for me and "Canoeing with the Cree" for Veasey).

What struck me most today was how big the sky is here. I'm beginning to think that Minnesota rivals Montana in terms of "big sky" states. Another highlight of today was following a bald eagle for several bends of the river. As we would creep around a bend we would spot the eagle perched on the top of a tree. Pausing a moment the eagle would look a us and fly away. This happened about five times.

And now for an update on our food. We've almost exclusively eaten the food we bought at Walmart before the trip (see our post on tornado warnings in Walmart). A typical day has us eating either oatmeal or pancakes with butter-flavored syrup or canned peaches to spice things up and some cinnamon from our spice kit. We fry the pancakes in olive oil because butter won't keep.

We usually take a quick break for a lunch of peanut butter and jam on pita, or canned tuna. For dinner we'll have spaghetti with red sauce and cheese or beans-rice-and-cheese burritos.

As for now we're about to have a beach bonfire, read and enjoy spagetti for the fourth time in 8 days.

We'd love to hear any questions or comments you may have.

Daniel

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