Nice! That sounds like fun. The UP sounds cool. I've always wanted to do a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters...is it sorta like that?
I know what you mean about being leery about backpacking in different places. I was used to packing around the mountains, so I wasn't too sure about doing the whole canyon thing. I figured it would just be hot and dry and sandy and miserable. But I was totally wrong...it was sweet! I've heard from other people that have done cool trips in places that you wouldn't normally think of going backpacking, so now I'm open to anything. I think it's just awesome to be in the wilderness, no matter where you are