BWCA- Ely, MN
Dog Sled Trips
Rates & SPECIALS!
We couldn't have said it better...
read the testimonials below:
It truly was a trip Josh and I will cherish forever! I
will not hesitate to recommend a Wilderness Journey with you to my family and
Thanks again for a great memory.
HUGE THANK YOU for guiding the Assenmacher Group into the Boundary
Waters this summer! We were all awe struck by the beauty of the
really enjoyed the fishing and seeing the wildlife, and though
the canoeing was sometimes challenging, we all found the experience
You are a great guide, an exception al cook, and we look forward to
some day going back to the BWCA.
Thanks so much!
Rosie, Andy, Nick, & Jordan Assenmacher & Mike Nadeau
|We had a great time - what an adventure. It took
us a couple of days to recover. |
We have wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for
love of BWCA with us - and your love of good food!
The Raycraft Family
Craig, Pam, Bryan & Nicklas
Note from Pam: top 5 things I appreciated :)
home cooked food
chairs with backs in the canoe
mattress to lay on at night
bag of trail mix
folding chairs to sit on
What a gorgeous slideshow. It just can't compare, though, with really
being there. It would have been enough to just hear the wolves, but
seeing them was divine intervention. And your great guidance. Danny
incessantly talks about the wolves with his friends; he grew up a
little on this trip.
Thanks again for such an incredible
journey, gourmet cooking, and wonderful company. We're hooked and we'll
be back. Looking forward to seeing you in your own store in Ely.
Rhonna and Mark Shatz
September 3, 2008
We will be talking about our wonderful adventure until we go
again. It is easy to see why you are so exuberant when discussing the area, and
as hard as you try, the only way to appreciate the totality of the experience
is to be there. I have been fortunate to visit most of the world, including Alaska,
Russia, Australia, and Yellowstone (over 20 times) and this ranks right up
there with the best. But, you have to be ready to do your part in canoeing,
portaging and traversing the Beaver dams and I hope we did. That 20 1/2 inch
smallmouth and over 40 inch northern added excitement to our everyday
better-than-expected catches. Visits to view the Pictographs and Curtain Falls
were true plusses that no one should miss, but I do have one gripe; You fed us
too well. At 74 years of age, I take pride in being in shape and controlling my
weight, but I gained 5 pounds on this trip even with the arduous physical
demands. Your steaks, pork loins, walleye, bacon-and-eggs, burritos and summer
sausage took its toll. I have to add one other comment, and this is the result
of? Thinking during the past ten days about where we were, what we were doing,
and our surroundings. I am a retired commercial pilot with many thousands of
hours at 40,000 feet and the feeling a person gets at that altitude is one of
serenity with the beautiful skies and majestic clouds filling the windshield.
However, we always knew that the environment could be instantly hostile if an unforeseen
occurrence took place.
Our means of peace knew that we were superbly trained
and the person sitting in that left-front seat could deal with such an occurrence.
The remote vastness of the BWCA creates a much similar atmosphere and anyone
venturing into that world would be well advised to have a competent, well
experienced Captain at the helm. Ramsey, you fit that profile. In the aviation
fraternity we have one measure for judging a Pilot, and that is "if we
would put our family in the cabin behind the person at the controls".
Without hesitation, I would be comfortable with my family following you into
Thanks for a wonderful experience; it was everything and
more that you said it would be. Everyone
with an inkling that they would want to try this, should go!! Two things though: 1.) they should be in decent physical
condition and we were, and 2.) they should take exactly what you tell them and
nothing more. Your experience, know-how and enthusiasm made the trip. Thanks again.
A belated thank you for an outstanding trek into the BWCA... The scenery with bald eagles, rock strewn
islands, radiant sunsets and full moon lake reflections were gorgeous. The real (not freeze dried) food was delicious,
the coffee a true eye opener in the morning, the pictographs impressive and
mystical, the Curtain Falls a must-see, the call of the loon at night haunting,
the canoeing and portaging a pleasure, a challenge as well as a push to one’s
limit and the Smallmouth Bass fishing just a rod bending, high jumping out damn
outstanding experience!! You did a great job.
I would welcome the opportunity to have you as a guide again anytime on
another BWCA adventure. Hope you enjoy
I loved to listen to my
friends tell their story about their wilderness journey through the Boundary
Waters. They said the Boundary Waters Canoe Area could not compare to any
outdoor journey they have ever experienced and they had you to thank for it.
Portaging, canoeing, paddling, fishing, camping... the whole kit and kabooddle!
I was intrigued to step into this unfamiliar
territory. I am not a fisherman or fisherwoman,
to remain politically correct but their stories stirred up my curiosity. So along
with a few of my girlfriends- we finally booked a trip. Low and behold that curiosity allowed me to
experience the most amazing journey I have ever been on. I was told that it was
no walk in the park but it was an experience everyone should experience
firsthand. We were lucky to have you as our guide. Your organization,
expertise, guidance and knowledge allowed me and my girls to enjoy all of what
the BWCA has to offer.
Our group had limited
experience in the wilderness, but thanks to your guidance we came out alive! You taught me how to pack a canoe correctly so
there is even distribution and how to paddle a canoe when the wind kicks up.
You showed me how to rutter. You taught me where, when, why and how to choose
the perfect campsite. I even got a
history lesson about how the BWCA came to be and how it stays so pristine.
The wildlife was so cool! I saw a
deer 10 feet from my canoe, bald eagle every day, a beaver, and the largest
snapping turtles which weighed about 30 lbs each.
OH and the FISHING!!!! What a rush
it was to have my first stringer of mighty bass, weird eyed walleye
and super slippery pike. Slimmy! You
better bet we were giggling our butt off. It is fun to use terms like jig head and white
twister tail. My favorite thing to say during the trip was "Pam.... GET
THE NET!!!!" What an incredible feeling of accomplishment.
My mind was on constant high speed
of what to do next. I believe that every experience we have in life happens for
a reason. Yes, you have heard my story of what I learned and experienced on
this trip but I found what I was truly looking for on the last day. Right
when the sun was setting and the water looked like glass, I sat at our campsite
listening to the sounds of the loons. It
was then that I allowed myself to witness the most beautiful image no camera
could ever capture ... it looked like heaven on earth.
Thank you for sharing your
passion. I am forever grateful and I look forward to another incredible trip
with you as my guide.
an experienced camper and
fisherman it was difficult to picture what could possibly be different
weeks foray into the boundary waters in comparison to other
trips. As it turns out, there is no comparison. The
Boundary is a special place that only
through personal experience can be fully appreciated. |
personal experience was phenomenal due in no small part to Ramsey
Dowgiallo. Ramsey possesses the three
qualities most desirable in a guide:
Passionate, knowledgeable and competent. As passion goes, Ramsey is a lifer when it
comes to the Boundary. He has made the
Boundary a major part of his life. His
knowledge base includes history, wildlife, and geography among others. Perhaps most important, Ramsey is a
competent, seasoned woodsman. He fully
appreciates the care that must be used while enjoying time spent.
is a disadvantage to be a first timer to the Boundary without a knowledgeable
person along. Ramsey allowed for fast
and efficient travel to the best camp sites and best fishing holes and
sights. No time was wasted fumbling over
maps and wondering what might be an interesting place to visit. My trip was maximized. Has anybody else watched an osprey grab a 20”
northern out of the lake near your canoe or have to ice their arms from reeling
in so many fish? Ramsey will do more
than give you an experience, he will share in it.