National Geographic : 1965 Dec
On the blue ribbon of the Moose River, Lynda and her party set out through Min nesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Superior National Forest, following in the wake of French fur traders. Nowhere else does such a wilderness-a million acres stand in reserve for those eager to paddle and portage in search of solitude. 898 60 degrees below zero and snow sometimes drifts ten feet deep in Jackson Hole. There is gold dust amid the glacier-ground rocks of this valley, I learned. Local people say there is about twenty billion dollars' worth of gold in the area. Because it is not concen trated enough, it would not be profitable to mine it. But it was very exciting to think that we were floating on gold.