Back From The St. Croix River

We’re back from canoeing the St. Croix after a great week on the river.  The weather was perfect, the water was still a swimmable temperature, and everyone learned a lot about poling loaded canoes through rapids.  We managed to break one pole when it got stuck in the rapids, then was hit by another canoe, but got it and the shoe back so it isn’t a big deal.  We saw bald eagles, osprey, moose, beaver, and a bunch of daring and sneaky red squirrels around camp.  The only downside to the trip was that it took us a little longer to get home because we had to stop and get a new tire for the van.

We’ve got four weeks to go in the semester, and there are a lot of projects to be completed before we’re finished.  This week we’ll finish braintanning our deer hides, and when that’s done we’ll be finishing our longbows.  After that, we’ll be making brown-ash pack baskets, carving canoe paddles and making mukluks.  The video of our trip should be live sometime in the middle of the week.

Thanks for reading.

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