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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, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day Sushi Savior

Kate and I both had yesterday off from our busy guiding schedule. We decided to make sushi for our Valentine's dinner. I've never created home-made sushi, but Kate has, and it sounded like fun.

Kate stopped at the local grocer's to pick up the ingredients. Fresh salmon: check. Avocado: check. Shredded carrots: check. Green onions: check. Nori seaweed sheets: uh, well, we are in Ely... 2 hours from the nearest Wal-Mart, and four hours from a major metropolitan center.

No luck checking the aisles for the seaweed sheets. Kate asks the clerk at the checkout for guidance. The clerk responds with a puzzled expression. Fortunately, a nice lady in line at the checkout overhears the conversation and mentions she has some seaweed sheets in her pantry. She offers to share them. Kate follows this kind total stranger to her home, and is gifted four seaweed sheets. Only in Ely.

The sushi was delicious, thanks to the kind lady in Ely.

Today I pack out for a 7 day dogsled camping trip along the international border. We plan to dogsled from Gunflint Lake to Lake Superior via the border lakes and Grand Portage. This is new territory for us. I am looking forward to the new scenery, and a good challenge.


Betsy F said...

Indeed, only in Ely! Not your typical small town.

Jorge Farias said...

What a great story! I could probably get green chile from a neighbor in Taos, but in this land-locked high desert, seaweed sheets are like gold leaf!


Jason Zabokrtsky said...

Betsy, we are lucky to live near Ely, in a place with a strong sense of community.

Jorge, sounds like oceanfront property and seaweed sheets are both in short supply near you.