>> by  Ryan Karls

last weekend, some friends & I drove straight towards canada and didn't look back. we stayed up most of the night, dancing around in the light of the full moon and starry sky. we awoke at daybreak, to explore voyageurs national park: a magical place along the border of minnesota & canada, composed of over 900 tiny islands sitting upon the water, like puzzle pieces scattered on a sparkling mirror. surrounded by the golden north woods, we set sail at dawn, navigating the routes of the original voyageurs.