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Day 6: Princeton to Berlin

We are off just before 8am. The Princeton Park boat
landing is a busy place on a Saturday morning.
The paddle today was through a series of lazy
looping curves and seriously flooded marsh areas.
Our river pictures will all show a much higher
river level than normal flows. We covered 18 miles
to Berlin between 8 and 2pm(ish). We had a
delightful lunch break at the Berlin Landing old
lock and dam. We are camped in site 16 at
Riverside Park. It is on the far end towards the
park shop. Very quiet and we think, we may have
had a glimpse of a Whooping Crane. Even though
we are camped in a beautiful city park and
surrounded by ball diamonds, trailers and homes-
we maintain our connection to the wild by
watching the river. Sigurd Olson wrote “…when
one goes on a foray of any kind, ancient
reactions surge out of our subconscious. Even the
thought of such activity brings a feeling of
excitement.”
Well readers? Anyone out there feeling an itch to
travel?  To get out and experience the depths and
intimacies of nature again ? J. B. MacKinon writes,
“Awareness can be its own reward. There is much
to be gained and nothing to lose in these small
acts of reconnection.” He goes on later to say,
“When we look closely at the living world, what we
ultimately see is the mystery- we see how much we
cannot see.” We will be seeing much new ground
tomorrow and looking hard for a camping spot as
we enter Lake Buttes des Morts.
Along this route we are also examining some early
writings:
Father Marquette’s Journal
The Trail of the Serpent
Way-Bun The “Early Day” in the Northwest

Princeton Park

Princeton Park

Paddling early morning meanders

Paddling early morning meanders

3 boats pausing for snacks, water and sunscreen

3 boats pausing for snacks, water and sunscreen

Riverside Park Camping

Riverside Park Camping

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