3 of 59 : Voyageurs National Park

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service we are doing a countdown to highlight all 59 of the National Parks that we have visited on this journey. 57-days out of the centennial we are on our third park, Voyaguers National Park.

Let me start by saying that I don't own a kayak, canoe or powerboat. Knowing this fact is important, because it colors my impression of a park based around water activities. I honestly did not have a great time in Voyaguers. We went to relax by the beach and heard the consistent buzz of outboard motors. We went on a National Park Service short canoe excursion that included zig zagging across the lake and complaints about the fact that we showed up and they had to do the program to begin with. The one long trail, Kab-ash, was closed due to the number of downed trees that they hadn't cleared from its path. With a boat, or canoe I think that Voyageurs has the opportunity to escape the unmaintained trail, the grumpy ranger and the outboard motors. I need to go back, better prepared. Enjoy these photos until then!!

 One of the shorter hikes in the park, I did enjoy this one!

One of the shorter hikes in the park, I did enjoy this one!

 Dew berries, one of the other redeeming parts of the hike/run

Dew berries, one of the other redeeming parts of the hike/run

 Our canoe trip to the beaver house

Our canoe trip to the beaver house

 This was moments before I had my first run in with a NPS law enforcement ranger, he asked me to get off the sign. 

This was moments before I had my first run in with a NPS law enforcement ranger, he asked me to get off the sign.