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Photo courtesy of Karla Lindgren Wotruba.
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OUT OF BOUNDS: THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS

If you’re a Great Lakes trailer boater, or any Midwesterner with a bent for watersports and the great outdoors, chances are you are familiar with Up North — that vast country stretching from northern Minnesota, across Wisconsin and Michigan, to eastern Ontario. Like a magnet, it draws the region’s population into its embrace throughout the summer months, the fall color season, during holidays and on snowy winter weekends.

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The author on a Sunsail charter in the Kingdom of Tonga.
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SMARTER CHARTER

The process of planning an offseason charter can seem daunting to the uninitiated. The world is a big place, with seemingly countless options for a snowbound boater seeking some warm-weather relief. Yet if you keep a few simple questions in mind, you’ll be well on your way to organizing the charter trip of your dreams.

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LONGING FOR LA PAZ, BCS

The best way to discover the real Baja California is to spend a few days before or after your on-water adventure in La Paz, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Located just 100 miles, or roughly three hours, north of the more famous Los Cabos corridor, this bustling, friendly seaport has managed to retain its laid-back, muy tranquilo character even in the face of increasing development and a population explosion.

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ON TONGA TIME

I gripped the steering wheel and tried to feel confident as our Tongan skipper Raymond cheerfully pointed out a narrow gap between the northernmost tip of Nuapapu Island and the tiny islet of Kitu and told me to aim for it. I wasn’t entirely thrilled… yet the side trip had been my idea, and the charter cruise was supposed to be all about new experiences.

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KEWEENAW PENINSULA

Stubbornly extending from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into vast Lake Superior, the Keweenaw Peninsula is a largely undiscovered boating destination. It’s an isolated land of seemingly impenetrable woods, toothy reefs, the notorious gales of November and what the native people respectfully called “tall water,” yet the locals call it “God’s country.” They may be right.

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