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Day 5: Puckaway to Princeton (Sorry for the delay)

We are up early to get a jump on winds predicted to
lash Puckaway. We are treated to a sunrise. A full
moon and hot coffee. In his book, The Once
and Future World, J. B. MacKinon writes,
“The way you see the natural world around you
determines much about the kind of world you
are willing to live with.” We are all like the young
John Muir, eyes darting every which way. And as
Dorothy found out in Oz, not all of it is pretty!
We arrive at the entrance to Puckaway, after
appreciating the cow ferry, to find it only
slightly lumpy. The chill headwinds blew only
intermittently and scuttling clouds triggered our
imagination. We encountered a nesting area for
Cormorants,Egrets, Pelicans and Gulls- at least
they were all hanging out together. Just before
leaving Puckaway we came across a fisherman
putting out hundreds of yards of net. Being
curious lads, we paddled over to inquire. Sure
enough they were netting carp and buffalo to send
out east. Netted 10,000 lbs yesterday and they
earn .35 cents a pound. We paddled over the net
And continued downstream.
I usually jot all this stuff down in a small notebook
and then later transfer my scratching to a more
permanent notebook. Sigurd F. Olson answers the
question of “Why journal?” He notes that it is through
the process of remembering that we invest our
recollections with meaning. I like the idea of
keeping a journal because it helps keep
remembrances sharp- they refuse to have their
edges rounded like rocks tumbled in a stream.
(As for blogging while paddling and keeping the little
notebook- the jury is still out)
“What really matters,” for Olson, “is a broad
perspective woven through…the long view of a
naturalist and wanderer through wild country.”
We continue down the Fox River. We are headed for
a small town park in Princeton. On the way into town
we tie up out back of the Buckhorn for an adult
beverage and a seat on their outdoor porch.
This is not recommended boating protocol.
Setting up camp we meet the local police officer
who informs us of the need for a special use permit.
We worked out the details, but if you repeat the
route and want to camp in Princeton, call Cheryl at
City Hall 920 295 6612 for the correct procedures.
We also went back to the Buckhorn for the fish fry- it
is excellent!! -and a reunion with another fellow Red
Shirt Canoe club member. It was great to see our old
friend Steve
Zimmerman. A little rain on the walk home sent us to
bed early as we were up at 5am and paddled 21
miles, again with a headwind.

-Sunrise

-Sunrise

Pete working his way across Puckaway Lake

Pete working his way across Puckaway Lake

Migrating bison clouds on Puckaway

Migrating bison clouds on Puckaway

Cloudy and cool afternoon on the Fox

Cloudy and cool afternoon on the Fox

Heritage Parkway Water Trail maps neatly bound in the Outdoor Educators Portfolia from Frost River in Duluth,MN. The fingers indicate starting and stopping points.

Heritage Parkway Water Trail maps neatly bound in
the Outdoor Educators Portfolia from Frost River in
Duluth,MN. The fingers indicate starting and
stopping points.

    2 Comments

    • Walter Beaverton says:

      Great narrative Clayton. Interesting to quote Muir & Olson on such a journey as they undoubtedly had some of the same reactions to their environment as you are expressing.

    • Ann Clausen says:

      >> As for blogging while paddling and keeping the little
      notebook- the jury is still out << Not for us, it isn't! The verdict has been rendered — we are loving this!

      Thanks, Clayton!
      Ann

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