"A few hours' drive north of the Twin Cities will transport you into one of the most unique spots on the continent: a dense, green forest replete with glacial lakes.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area's isolation and wilderness protections make it so the scent of the pines or rustling of tree branches are most likely to hit your senses before anything else.
This lack of many people and modern worldly distractions are part of what make the BWCA special to visitors.
The Boundary Waters may seem unchangeable and stoic. But humankind's actions over time are far too much for nature.
If you know where to look, you can already see the Boundary Waters transforming from a lush forest into a desolate grassland. "