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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


A saying from Ely's famed Dorothy Molter: Kwitchurbeliakin.
Try saying it out loud if you're not sure what you're looking at.

Dorothy is regarded as the last person allowed to lawfully live in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A self-sufficient, hardy woman, she did very little "belly aching." Canoeists on Knife Lake loved to stop by for one of Dorothy's home-brewed, ice cold root beer. For her full story, see the Ely museum website devoted to her memory: http://www.rootbeerlady.com/.

The saying (word?) has now made it onto bumper stickers, and the Wintergreen truck, as seen with one of our senior dogs, Moki.

1 comment:

diva donna said...

This is beautiful. We're enjoying Rootbeer Floats from Dorthy's special brew tonight for Father's Day. Sometime next year my Author Friend Terry Spear who writes stories about real Wolves wants to do research up in Ely for a book. We may need your help.
And I'm not Belly aching at all. LOL