BWCA season is almost here~! Are you going to be a part of it?

Due to our busy schedule I just do not have time to write a new newsletter so we pulled one from our archive. This newsletter was posted in April 2012 and has the year ending stats and many wildlife and fishing stories.   Big changes to Wilderness Journey in the coming months. We will not only be guiding but we’ll be able to set you up with rental equipment. All of our clients know what I as a guide provide the clients with…great fishing…great history…primitive skills…great wildlife experiences and great memories. However, there are some people that want to go out on there own and for these people we can set you up with rental equipment. Anyone interested should contact us asap since the season is almost here.       April 2012 WJo Newsletter

I try to make a point of sitting on this cliff every evening and watching the sunset

New Season… New Stories… Are you going to be a part of the experience?!

I love April! Spring is in at full force…although we didn’t have much of a winter. When the snow was falling, we hosted a booth at the various Michigan sports shows where we got to share our love for hte BWCA with all sorts of people.  Now that the weather has broke, we are looking forward to a handful of springtime presentations:

Save the Date!

  • May 5th 11 am Wilderness Journey Clinic @ Island lake Recreation Center- near Milford (RSVP)
  • May 12th 11 am BWCA presentation at REI in AnnArbor… slideshow and equip recommendations (RSVP)

Speaking of weather… last season, we had phenomenal weather. It only rained 2” the entire season which is nothing compared to the usual 15” we usually receive. We went swimming more than I could ever remember. I talked to Mark at the tow boat service the other day and he said unless we get a lot of rain this spring the water will be noticeably lower. This could be bad… or it could be good! The portages will be a little longer but being an optimist, think it will be great for the fishermen/photographers out there because the fish will be more concentrated and it also will bring the wildlife out in the open where they can get to the water.

This shorebird was so fearless it let me take photos within just a few feet of her
This shorebird was so fearless it let me take photos within just a few feet of her

Still Time to Book a BWCA Trip!

We have a few slots to fill so if anyone is at all interested please call/email and we’ll talk over your options. Permits are going fast and the schedule is filling up so time is of the essence.

Last Year’s Stats!

We are looking forward to the 2012 season and what memories it will bring this was last year’s stats:

Fishing Stats

Nice!
Nice!

1 – The largest bunch of walleyes I’ve ever seen in the Boundary Waters!  Normally walleyes are between 15” and 20 “. However, last year I would say that 50% were over 22”.

Largest Northern of 2011

2 – Even though we had many 40+'” on the line, we could only get one in the canoe and that was achieved by Jacob Ritchie. The average Northern was between 28” to 37”. However, keep in mind we had many monster fish that we couldn’t even bring to the canoe…so we’ll never know?

 

 

 

Tom has mastered the pop’r

 

3 – As usual, the smallmouth were very cooperative and we caught over 40 that were 5+ pounds and hundreds that were over 3 pounds.

 

 

Fishing Stories

 4 – Fishing/ Gator Wrestling

When we were working our way near a shoreline, I looked over at Eric & Trenton I could see them heading for shore then both of them got out. I saw Eric bend over then jump on the ground. He then stood up; knee all bloody, a big smile on his faces and then… big High 5! I knew this had to be good. I paddled quickly to see what all the fuss was about. Eric told me they had caught a Northern over 40” dragged it to shore because it was too big to put in the canoe. When they got it to shore, he didn’t drag it far enough away from the water and when he went to grab it, it jumped up and threw the hook. In an act of desperation he tried to wrestle it to the ground. But too no avail; the fish jumped back into the lake and swam away. Neither of them was upset because the fish gave them a great story and Eric has the scars to prove it!

A great moment for me with the boys was when Eric said he had learned more in a ½ a day of fishing than he did in his entire life. That let me know we did our job.

 

5 – Some of the best top water ever!

This week we caught 273 fish! We decided to let the others swim around so fellow campers could have at. Walleye for dinner? Yum! Five pound Smallies? Yes please! On one special evening I just sat back and watched what I now call “The Don Show”, where Don caught a bunch of fish and I sort of just watched in amazement. Within a ½ hour he caught 12 fish; a five pounder, three four pounders, and eight three pounders. What an evening! He was very excited, claiming “the best smallmouth fishery in the world is the Boundary Waters!” Don is one tough SOB, but after this evening he was acting like a young boy just sitting in the canoe smiling and shaking his head in disbelief. Don managed to use his fishing voodoo to wrangle two 17-inch Smallies on one lure! I laughed and said he had finally caught his 6 pounder.

Then, I had a personal best; 4 Northerns using my figure eight maneuver. For you that don’t know, the figure eight is when a perusing Northern comes to the canoe, I stick the end of my rod three feet into the lake and swirl in the water in a figure eight pattern. The pike would come back and hit my lure every time! It was driving Don crazy and leveling the tally at the same time.

We had a 73 fish day and we are pretty sure 50 of them were over 3 pounds. What a day!

Wildlife

1 – Where did that boulder come from?

This is one of the top wildlife encounters of my career. We were up early and making the move to a lake 8 miles away. The fog was thick but lifting, which made a beautiful morning! We made our way around the peninsula, a few miles away from camp, when I looked over about 200 yards I saw a new boulder. From all my experience in the Boundary Waters, I know this area very well so a new boulder sticks out like a sore thumb. When it started to move I told Don to paddle faster so we could get closer. As we closed the distance, we realized that it was a bear swimming across the lake! We were within 20 yards when it scaled a small rocky outcropping. Once it reached the top it shook off the water like a dog, stood up, turned and looked at us and ran down the trail. This bear was very large and beautiful. Our guess was she weighed about 300 to 400 pounds. Don is a die-hard fisherman but when that encounter happened he turned to me and said that was one of the best things he ever saw!

2 – Then we had a trip where we saw an eagle take a goose down and plucked it like it worked at a poultry processing plant. There were feathers floating for at least a mile down wind.

 

It was just like Disneyland!

3 – Otters were everywhere. I even took some great photos of three pups on a rocky outcropping playing like puppies wagging their tails. It was like a scene from a Disney movie… a sight I will never forget.

4 – I’ve noticed over the last 4 years we have seen and heard more wolves howling than ever before, the population is definitely on the rise.

The upcoming season

Nothing like a father and son bonding together in the wilderness

We are looking forward to the upcoming season so much and especially since we have more return clients more than ever. Just to mention a couple, John Stefko brought his 18 year old son a few years back. His other son just turned 18 so now its his turn at an adventure he will never forget. The trip report from the last Stefko trip.

Dave Tait went on a trip by himself with me as his guide. This year he is bringing his 2 sons with along with him. Tait trip report.

The Assenmacher family

Then of course, we have our other return clients who have upgraded to be known as “regulars”  who I have written about numerous times.

Wilderness Journey’s New Website & EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS!

We are up and running… What do you think of our new site?  Show your support by subscribing to our email list!  The “new” Wilderness Journey site is full of information and everyone on our list will be notified by email to any new posts: newsletters with great trip reports, wilderness advice, weather reports, event details and more!

Look for “Subscribe to WJ newsletters” on the sidebars of the website and follow the directions. PLEASE Sign up!  Next year’s FREE TRIP raffle will be pulled from our website email subscribers.  Sign up as you will not only get all the important info but you could be the 2013 winner!  Be sure to verify your entry by clicking the feedburner link that will be sent to your email inbox.

We received some wonderful feedback on our new site in the comment sections: (contact page).

Just emailing to say the website looks great! Hope you have a great season in the BWCA this year. But how could you not? I started a new job this year, but I hope to get back the BWCA one of these days when I earn some vacation time.

Good Luck!

Nick Assenmacher

and another one:

Ramsey,

Dreaming of the day the boys ask me to go back to the Boundary Waters. I frequently look at the pictures of the trip and smile. What a great experience to share with friends and family.

Rosie Assenmacher

All of our recent posts can always be found on our front page: Wilderness Journey

Thank you and enjoy the new website!

 

Munching away while we fish within feet of her

Want to join a group?

In bookings this year, we are going to try something a little different. We have a few small groups of people who are interested in joining other small groups. In doing so, we will be able to give the show discount to the entire group. We will try to match the groups to be compatible with each other. This is something that we are really interested in…getting new people with similar interests to meet each other on a wilderness adventure. After all, variety is the spice of life.

All interested people please contact us. If there is anything hindering you from taking a trip, call and see if we can help you find a way around it. We have already combined a few groups together but still have a few more people that want to go on a trip of a lifetime.

 Check out our slide-shows page

Check out our newsletter page

PERMITS are on sale!!!  – Booking early is very important not only do we close our books early but you will also get a shot at a premium entry point. Entry points only allow so many groups in per day and they went on sale January 28th on a first come first serve basis.

 

Please Subscribe to WJ Newsletters & Posts

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new WJ newsletters… full of trip reports, events, BWCA info and up to date info! You will find the subscription application on each page here is a link to the website.  It is very important that everyone subscribe to our newsletter and posts. All those who subscribe will improve their chances of winning our annual WJ free trip, which we will draw on March 28th.

Newsletters:

For a complete list of newsletters click here.

Fishing – Ferocious Hits…Aggressive Fish and Relentless Attacks: Oct 2014 Newsletter

Wildlife – The Hector trip: We had great fishing, great wildlife encounters and we even experienced a spectacular celestial event.

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Enjoy:

NEWSLETTER DIRECTORY

PHOTOS

Checkout the three photo slideshows below: Fish, Wildlife and Scenery. We think these photos are a great example of what you can expect.

Check out our “NEW” Video: Top-Water Boundary Waters Style

Top - Water Boundary Waters style!!!

    Top-Water Boundary Waters Style   

 

Going for a swim

 WILDLIFE PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Soaking it all in

 SCENERY PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Nicklas with a monster northern

 FISHING PHOTO SLIDESHOW

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Ramsey Dowgiallo

28285 Summit Drive, Novi, Michigan 48377      (734) 664-0353

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The Ultimate Sports Show is only 6 days away!!

The Ultimate Sports Show is only 6 days away!!

Its been a long show season and the last show is next week. This is your last chance to ask us questions, go over options, maps, checkout our presentation and have a face to face with Ramsey and book that trip. Ramsey will be there all 4 days and presenting “Top Water Fishing boundary waters style”.

The free trip raffle will be drawn on March 26th after the show.

Ultimate Sports Show

The Ultimate Sports Show is just 6 days away March 19th through March 22nd.

 

Devos Place

303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

Directions

 

Show Dates & Times

 

Thursday, March 19th 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, March 20th 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 21st 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 22nd 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wilderness Journey Presentation schedule:

About these Shows and Presentations

Anyone that is at all interested in a trip should take advantage of these shows and especially the Presentations where we will have a power point slide-show with many photos, stories and important information. This years presentations will concentrate on Top-Water tactics boundary waters style! We will also have a Q & A session and if we don’t have time to answer everyone’s questions you can always visit us at the Wilderness Journey booth and we’ll answer every question you have. Like Charlie Gray said in his testimonial Everyone with an inkling that they would want to try this, should go!!

 

Thursday, February 26

Topwater Fishing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Stage B

Friday, February 27

Topwater Fishing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area
01:30 pm – 02:30 pm Stage D

 

PERMITS are on sale!!!  – Booking early is very important not only do we close our books early but you will also get a shot at a premium entry point. Entry points only allow so many groups in per day and they went on sale January 28th on a first come first serve basis.

 

Please Subscribe to WJ Newsletters & Posts

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new WJ newsletters… full of trip reports, events, BWCA info and up to date info! You will find the subscription application on each page here is a link to the website.  It is very important that everyone subscribe to our newsletter and posts. All those who subscribe will improve their chances of winning our annual WJ free trip, which we will draw on March 28th.

Newsletters:

For a complete list of newsletters click here.

Fishing – Ferocious Hits…Aggressive Fish and Relentless Attacks: Oct 2014 Newsletter

Wildlife – The Hector trip: We had great fishing, great wildlife encounters and we even experienced a spectacular celestial event.

Contact us to be added to the email list. Wilderness Journey newsletters are sent the first week of every month!

Enjoy:

NEWSLETTER DIRECTORY

PHOTOS

Checkout the three photo slideshows below: Fish, Wildlife and Scenery. We think these photos are a great example of what you can expect.

 

 

Check out our “NEW” Video: Top-Water Boundary Waters Style

Top - Water Boundary Waters style!!!

    Top-Water Boundary Waters Style   

 

Going for a swim

 WILDLIFE PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Soaking it all in

 SCENERY PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Nicklas with a monster northern

 FISHING PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Share our newsletters with other adventurists and encourage them to join our EMAIL LIST!

Ramsey Dowgiallo

28285 Summit Drive, Novi, Michigan 48377      (734) 664-0353

info@gowildernessjourney.com

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Quiet Water Symposium Tomorrow!!!

Quiet Water Symposium Tomorrow!!!  

Presentation is 2:00 to 2:45

We’ll be at booth 148

qws

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March 2015 newsletter: Blast from the past – 2013 The Camorlinga trip

March 2015 newsletter: Blast from the past – 2013 The Camorlinga trip

 

Because we’re in the middle of the show season and we just don’t have the time to write a newsletter, we will feature a blast from the past the Camorlinga trip back in 2013. This is a great story about a mother who wanted to provide the memories and experiences that her father shared with her many years ago. This trip was a special experience for me also.

 

We only have 2 shows left and about 6 weeks before we close the books so if anyone is interested in a adventure of a life time contact us and we’ll provide memories that will last you a lifetime.

Permits

Permits are on sale as of January 28th and booking early is crucial. There are 85 entry points and they only allow so many groups in each entry point, if you want a permit for a great area then book now! If you are at all interested please contact us and we’ll talk over your options.

 Stop dreaming and book your 2015 trip NOW!

I know for a fact that there are quite a few people out there that want to go on an adventure with Wilderness Journey. We have thousands of people on our email list and every month I can see the numbers on our website stat page, many of you check out the newsletters, the route pages, the testimonial page and the rates page. We are also aware that some of you have never taken a wilderness trip and are hesitant about taking on such an endeavor. But its our job to show you how to travel safely, efficiently and confidently. Almost all of our regular clients have never traveled into the wilderness before taking a trip with wilderness journey and now they come every year and now they even want to be included in the route planning and want us to teach them how to pack the packs, pick the right campsites and after all these years they even dress and act like guides.

So make that decision…take that leap we are not getting any younger and for those that have the boundary waters on their bucket list stop dreaming and book that trip!

SAVE the DATE!

We have many repeat clients and new clients who come by referral and word of mouth recommendations is ever growing.  We are so grateful for all of you who spread the word about Wilderness Journey- grassroots style.  We are looking forward to a booked 2015 season! We would love to see you at the sports shows:

“Open” groups (new)

 5% off- to label your small group as “open”

Every year we are doing more open trips (combining small groups).  It happens often that people wish they could have a larger group.  They want people to share the experience, meet new people with similar interests and get the rate for 4 -8 people.   We pair small groups or individual persons who have similar dates and goals for the trip.  You will have the opportunity to “meet” each-other before the trip.

 

This year we have a father and son that is looking for another father and son to join them on a trip. David and his son is from Arkansas the date of their trip is June 15th through June 25th. This is the best week of the year for fishing. anyone that is interested should call us and we’ll talk over you options.

Quiet Water Symposium   (Lansing, MI) March 7th 2015

Presentation 2:00 -2:45 Grand River room

Ultimate Sports show (Grand Rapids, MI) Mar 19 – 22 2015 (Presentations)

 Booth 1151

Wilderness Journey clinic (Island Lake recreation area- Brighton, MI) 11am May 2nd 2015

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August 2013 newsletter: Gadgets, New Trip Package and a Great Family!!!

July was another great month with some large fish and wildlife.   We had some of the usual spectacular weather along with some that was a little scary weather. This newsletter will feature reports from the Camorlinga trip. We will open the newsletter with a little segment on a new gadget.

Gadgets:

Over the years some of our gear recommendations have come from clients. While on the Camorlinga trip I discovered one of the best gadgets I’ve ever seen!  We all the know the Boundary Waters is a photographer’s paradise, but taking an expensive camera out there can get tricky.  I have noticed the traditional camera is being replaced by using the smart phone camera.  It can’t replace the high dollar SLR digital cameras but they are replacing the average camera. Now, with this new discovery it may be catching up with the SLR.  Tor Camorlinga broke out one of the newest gadget to hit the smart phone camera industry a interchangeable lens… that’s right  interchangeable lens for your smart phone.  Not only is this a great and simple idea but it works! To top it off, its very cheap!  You can buy a pro quality Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angle and Macro lens for $49-  now that’s a great deal!  The fisheye is my favorite. (pictured above) Everyone that uses their smartphone as a camera (which is most everyone) should buy this add-on gadget.

Here’s a link to the Photojojo web-site: http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/cell-phone-lenses/

The Fisheye Lens is an ultra wide angle lens that wraps your photos into round, hemispherical images:

The Wide Angle/Macro Lens is a 2-in-1 device. The removable Macro ring captures shockingly high quality close-up detail while the Wide Angle Lens expands your view:

The Telephoto Lens gives your little phone lens that could zoom power. With it, you’ll be able to home in on subjects two times closer:

Time to leave your bulky camera bag at home and fill your pocket with these bad boys!

 

Testimonial

2013

Kristin Camorlinga

To Whomever is Looking into a GREAT Wilderness Experience, 
LISTEN HERE!

We just got back from an amazing trip with Ramsey Dowgiallo 
with Wilderness Journey Outfitters. I grew up going to the 
Boundary Waters/Quetico Canoe Area with my father and 
brothers and though never a piece of cake, I always came 
back with a greater appreciation for nature, the 
opportunity to share quality time with my family, and 
have a good story or two to tell.  Fast forward 25 odd 
years and I am now a single mother of three teenage boys.  
I have always wanted to provide my boys with a similar 
wilderness experience in the Boundary Waters.  This year 
they had reached good ages to venture out and test their 
abilities in the wild, but I needed to have a refresher 
course and a knowledgeable guide to help me.

Ramsey was the perfect guide for this task. Always upbeat
and motivated, he made sure everyone was enjoying 
themselves and lent a helping hand whenever needed. The 
boys thought he was a legend!  They were in awe over his 
raw strength, comforted by his knowledge and skill and 
impressed by his cooking abilities. My youngest thought 
he must have been a Navy Seal!

Ramsey was the best role model I could have dreamed of in 
terms of teaching the boys the right attitude about the 
rigors of camping and portaging while maintaining a sense 
of fun and adventure at the same time. His joy and 
enthusiasm toward camping and being in nature were 
contagious. He shared many wonderful stories about his
travels and experiences with wildlife which always kept 
the boys engaged. In addition to that, he shared his 
expert fishing knowledge and favorite hot spots making 
sure the boys were successful in catching a good meal, 
which he cooked to perfection!

Everyone had the time of their lives! We will definitely 
be back and hope Ramsey is ready for another Camorlinga 
adventure!
Thank You So Much Ramsey,
It was truly an unforgettable experience and we miss you!
Kristin

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The Camorlinga Trip

When Kristin booked their trip in April, we talked for a while and she shared with me that she had been on several trips into the canoe area when she was a youngster with her father.  She explained that she had the experience but she wanted me to teach her 3 teenage boys and kinda “give her a refresher course” so that she and the boys could go on a trip on their own in the future. I thought to myself, “what a great mom!… taking her boys out into the wilderness as her father had done with her.”  This was not only a great trip for the Camorlingas but also for me I felt as though I was part of their family. I am forever grateful for them and this trip.

Being a little naive, I had doubts about getting to our destination the first day. As we were unpacking the van and started to take the collapsible chairs out she said we wouldn’t be needing them.  I thought “okay this woman is serious.”  By the second portage, she said “We’ll portage all the gear in a single portage.” something I have never done with a group. Well that just made my job easier!  When we reached the area where I had planned for us to stop for the night, I asked if they wanted to continue on. All of them were very enthusiastic and positive… these are qualities that Kristin exudes.  To my amazement we made it to our destination and the trip was in full swing.

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Over the course of the trip, I noticed that this was something very important to Kristin. She had told me about the trips with her father and how those trips had helped her in her life.  How when things got tough in life she drew on those memories of the trips with her father and she knew she could overcome any obstacle that got in her way. This trip was about giving her boys the tools in life that are so important… the tools of perseverance… the tools to overcome any obstacle… the tools that no matter what in the end- you will make it!

In a 5 day period the boys learned how to set up camp, build a fire, catch fish with artificial lures and paddle in calm weather, rain and wind. I tried to fill them up with as much information as I could and they were always willing to help and always asking questions. I told them story after story about wildlife, fish and weather.

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We saw deer swimming, beavers, muskrats, mergansers, loons, turkey vultures, snakes, turtles, frogs and many…many eagles. I showed them how clean fish, cook them and we ate them. I also showed them how to start a fire with a fire bow. I shared with them my knowledge and they shared with me their enthusiasm.

Kristin really wanted to do a loop and not cover familiar waters. As I was understanding, the boys followed.  This is something not everyone is willing to do but then again, Kristin is not “just anyone”.  We continued on through new areas and even did a one mile portage and to my amazement the boys were on my heels the entire way and when we reached the end the boys said that wasn’t so bad.  Mom was minutes behind them and as always she was very positive…supportive and proud.

The last night Kristin and the boys went out fishing. After camp was set, I sat back and watched her across the lake fishing with her boys and couldn’t help but think about the trips I took with my father and how that molded me and made me the man I am today. She was doing the same with her boys…what a great mom! That’s what trips like this can do for your children and yourself.  It will create lifelong memories that none of them will never forget.

When all the boys hit the tents that final night, Kristin and I sat and talked about many things. When all was quiet again, I told her that I hoped all of them had enjoyed themselves. She told me that while they were fishing on that final windless evening with the sun-setting that one of the boys said they would want to come back but for the next 4 years… they would want me to come along, That’s when I knew I did my job but on this particular trip this wasn’t just a job I really…really had a great time.  I would love to take this group out again if they wanted me to.

We all shared personal stories about life, tragedy and triumph. We bonded and I am very proud of all of them. To tell you the truth I really care about this family and they will be sorely missed.

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Please Subscribe to WJ Newsletters & Posts

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new WJ newsletters… full of trip reports, events, BWCA info and up to date info! You will find the subscription application on each page here is a link to the website.  It is very important that everyone subscribe to our newsletter and posts. All those who subscribe will improve their chances of winning our annual WJ free trip, which we will draw on March 28th.

Newsletters:

For a complete list of newsletters click here.

Fishing – The Tapley trip: Three Men and a Boy

Wildlife – The Hector trip: We had great fishing, great wildlife encounters and we even experienced a spectacular celestial event.

Contact us to be added to the email list. Wilderness Journey newsletters are sent the first week of every month!

Enjoy:

NEWSLETTER DIRECTORY

PHOTOS

Checkout the three photo slideshows below: Fish, Wildlife and Scenery. We think these photos are a great example of what you can expect.

Check out our “NEW” Video: Top-Water Boundary Waters Style

Top - Water Boundary Waters style!!!

    Top-Water Boundary Waters Style   

 

Going for a swim

WILDLIFE PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Soaking it all in

SCENERY PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Nicklas with a monster northern

FISHING PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Share our newsletters with other adventurists and encourage them to join our EMAIL LIST!

Ramsey Dowgiallo

28285 Summit Drive, Novi, Michigan 48377      (734) 664-0353

info@gowildernessjourney.com

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This is in my backyard, I’ve paddled this entire route.

Check out this story, This is a route I paddle frequently its practically in my backyard. everyone should read this.

Paddling the border route in the boundary waters

 

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