With the economy on the rocks and money on the mind, it can be difficult to contemplate the expense of taking a vacation. Travel tip number one would be to get good insurance, I haven’t been to Nepal but Tibet is very similar and health care is pretty basic by our standards in a lot of places and the altitude sure takes some getting used to if you are a coastal dweller :). Travel light and be prepared to enjoy the people and the country and you will have a ball especially if you make an effort to meet the travel insurance locals. The next morning, after my travel companions and I had a tasty dinner down at the lodge and spent a night in the canoer cabins, we finished organizing our gear, transferring canned foods to reusable plastic containers (because cans aren’t allowed in the Boundary Waters-read the BWCAW rules ) and watched the Boundary Waters Leave No Trace video. Then Bonnie issued us our permit, fitted us for PFDs and paddles, and we loaded our gear and boats for the shuttle to our entry point on Bearskin Lake.