That is a great report! The trampled area where the wolves were howling is very cool. It's nice to hear you mention Venus in the western sky because I can see that here in D.C. right now too so at least I'm not 100% separated from the real world. I think the unidentified track you saw on the way out is otter, they leave a lot of drag (from the tail I think).
Are you really sure it's "no way" on buying one of those properties? :-)
Ho Ho - thanks for the compliment. The howling wolves so close to our camp was one of the many highlights and something I will always remember. It was amazing how bright Venus was those 2 nights. Must be the air. It was easy to see why people call-in Vensus as a UFO.
Mongo and Paddleaway - Yes there are a lot of differences between winter and summer BWCA but it still does have a few similarities. For instance, basically this trip was one long portage.
The wolves were definitely a high point of the trip. I kept thinking they were watching me as we traveled out. Being the slowest one I figured it was me they would go for first. Kind of creeped myself out a few times but I survived to tell my story. (grin)