The warm sun and a gentle breeze slowly eroded the fog and by 9 AM we were packing up camp and loading our canoe once more. We headed north and east through Elton and then Little Saganaga, where we wound through its maze of points and islands. Rounding a corner, we surprised a moose grazing on tiny willow buds. It was the first moose we have seen since November. It was a sickly looking animal, not the majestic moose that once thrived here. About a third of its hair was gone and it appeared thin and weak. I hope that as spring progresses it will regain its strength.
As I type, a pack of wolves is howling in the distance, barely audible over the chorus of frogs that ring the small, marsh-lined Afton Lake where we are camped. Tomorrow we will paddle and portage up the Frost River on our way to meet our friends from @FrostRiverPhotos who are bringing in our next resupply in a couple days. This is wild country. The portages are narrow, rough, and often muddy. It has been several years since I have paddled through this area, but we are headed to Frost, Gordon, Cherokee, and Sawbill Lake, so it feels like we are headed home. We can put our maps away for awhile. The land we are entering is etched in our minds.
This place is far too precious to risk. We must work together to protect this national treasure. Together we can @savetheBWCA, but we all must take action.
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