Monday, February 25, 2008

Hegman Lake Pictographs

One of the things that originally attracted us to Ely was the fact that it is almost completely surrounded by a designated wilderness area - the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Yesterday was or first trip into the wilderness since moving back to Ely. We hiked with Rowan, his brother Jacob, and their parents Hans and Traci out to see the pictographs on Hegman Lake. Scott and I have canoed to this spot several times before, and Scott has skied there in the winter, but this was my first visit during winter. I was a little nervous because we had to cross two lakes to get there. We were on the ice about three hours - it was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the upper 30s.

The pictographs are painted on a large rock outcropping - shown here to the left of Jack. There are a number of images on the rock, but the most well known is the one depicting a moose, a fox, and what is often interpreted as a benevolent spirit. I believe these pictographs are about two hundred years old.

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