Angle to Key West: Four Months (10/11)

October 11, 2012

“It’s better to just sneak out, I say.”

Wally, we can’t just leave Minnesota and not say anything. It’s been a couple of days now and I’m feeling guilty.

“Shhh! We already tried to escape twice and got caught!”

Those were detours, not escapes.

“Not escapes? What were we paddling across Lake Superior for then?”




“I don’t know what that means.”

It’s a noun, means a source of enjoyment, amusement, diversion, etc.

“Oh, I thought it meant source of not-feeling-my-hands-for-three-straight-days-because-I-spent-too-long-in-Minnesota.”

Come on, Minnesota was great to us!

“Great to us?”

Yea, remember the Greenbush Gators, the Angle store, the Hiners, the Baudette Library, I-Falls and Emma’s truck, Megan, the Boundary Waters Outward Bound group, Rolf and Monica, the Grand Portage Ranger, the Canadians on Isle Royale, the Absolut-ly Knot’s crew, Lucas’ buffet, the Siren from Jamaica, Deanna, Ana, the man who didn’t see me, Steve’s map, Mike and Wade around the fire, the Chap’s freezer, Sharon in Coon Rapids, The Ceronsky’s Expedition Depot, The Friends of the Boundary Waters folks, Canoes and Brews, Dancing Kimberly, Beef Stew’s mom in Winona?

“It took us almost 4 months to get out of there!”

So we’re a bit behind our original schedule.

“A bit? I remember when we started and you said we’d could be done by October. I didn’t realize you forgot to add ‘with Minnesota’ on the end of that prediction.”

At least we’re getting to see the leaves change.

“I’m sorry? Are we on a leaf peeping tour? Is this an awkward first date that I didn’t know about or are we trying to paddle to Key West.”

Key West isn’t going anywhere.

“Then we have something in common.”

No, Wally, we’re moving, we’re going places. Minnesota is gone. We’re almost out of Wisconsin.

“Wait, but I like the ‘Sconnies.”

Me too, Wally, me too.

“They’re like Minnesotans with a catchy nickname.”

But they don’t have their own brand of “nice.”

“Who cares about that when they have potlucks in Cornucopia and homemade lasagna in Prescott. Not so sure about the raves though or their ability to park cars in rivers.”

Those were the days, huh?

“Well, now you’re just playing with my emotions, making me sad to say goodbye.”

Wait, Wally, was that a tear?

“A tear? A tear! Don’t be silly. I just, I just got something in my eye is all.”

Don’t worry, Wally. I’ll miss ’em too.

“Don’t tell anyone about this, ok? It’s bad for my rep.”


15 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Four Months (10/11)

  1. Great to read this. Terrific photo! I so enjoyed your posts about Minnesota, my old home, and family-state. But just this morning while enjoying breakfast with my sweetheart, we were talking with sincere concern about how much time you spent there – and how the REAL cold is coming fast. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures (I really enjoyed reading “Deer Herding”.)Wishing your fast paddling and the river’s current carry you down to warmer places soon enough!

  2. Daniel, where are you now? Good thing you are not in mn, at least not northern! Woke up to snow! At my cabin that you are someday coming to! You would like it. Set it up w mr nick and Mrs. Erin. What a time you could have.

    How is your momma? You know how much we love our boys..

    Take care and keep paddling! What are great adventure you are on. It really is amazing.


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  3. Daniel,
    Happy to hear you enjoyed your summer visit to Minnesota. Come back and see us again some time!

  4. “A bit? I remember when we started and you said we’d could be done by October. I didn’t realize you forgot to add ‘with Minnesota’ on the end of that prediction.”

    Laughing out loud! I love Wally!

    Time is an illusion. Is winter an illusion?

  5. Minnesota is sad to sea the wake of the canoe,yellow floating thing ,kayak and the Captain I am not sure who runs the show sometime.We will surely meet again in the future.Safe paddling.

  6. wondered if you had ever run across this wonderful Lord Byron passage – seems to fit you!
    Am really enjoying your narratives – enjoyed the Mississippi from Bellevue to Sabula Iowa in a jon boat for years – know you will like that stretch too. Also houseboated from Lake Pepin south to Alma and Wabasha – and had a Delta Queen early morning vision very similiar to yours.
    Safe travels, new friend!

  7. • “There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture • “There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love man not less, but Nature more.” -Lord Byron

    1. You Minnesotans are always talking trash to the Iowans, I swear! 🙂 Iowa has been great and kindly let me escape south without circling around it like a lost fool!

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