Mike is convinced the Voyageur Hudson Bay Expedition Crew paddled hard just to prove him wrong. He made the comment they wouldn't be able to make it from Grand Portage to Sag by Thursday. But like clockwork the Hudson Bay canoe crew ticked right along in perfect unison and made it to Sag by Thursday, quite easily I may add.
The expedition crew traveled in the Boundary Waters from the Devil's Elbow area on the Granite River out to Saganaga Lake. Thanks to the SPOT we were able to see exactly where they were so we could meet them out at American Point.
Sheri and I were alerted to the fact the Voyageur Hudson Bay Crew was near the old Customs on Sag Lake. With the speed they were traveling we were worried they would paddle faster to American Point than we would be able to boat there. We had to load a few items into the boat before we left and thankfully arrived before they did.
We waited patiently beneath the tall pines while we listened to the birds sing. We relaxed with the sunshine on our faces and enjoyed the quiet moments and smell of cedar.
After awhile we began to wonder where the canoe crew was. We knew how fast they could paddle yet something was preventing them from making progress across Saganaga and it surely wasn't the wind.
There are very few days when the north side of Saganaga is dead calm but there wasn't a ripple to be seen. The guys had paddled and boated around Saganaga many times so we couldn't imagine they would be lost.
We continued to chat while we kept an impatient eye on the water. At one point we radioed back to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters to make sure the SPOT hadn't disappeared from the radar. Every so often we scanned the surface looking for the Boundary Waters travelers.
Finally we saw a speck of pink flash along the water and we knew the guys were on their way. What took them so long and how long it actually took them to get from Customs Island on Saganaga to American Point is a story for another day.
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