Over the years, we'd continue backpacking at the same places we car camped: Nordhouse Dunes and North Manitou Island, as well as other places. One location we went camped at was Pancake Bay in Ontario, Canada and I remember that being one of my favorites, probably because of the name.
In 2007, when I was 10 years old, we took our first family trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). The BWCA is a wilderness area in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, and turns into Quetico after you cross the border into Canada. The BWCA / Quetico is for canoe tripping. Canoe trips are basically backpacking trips, but instead of hiking from campsite to campsite, you canoe! Connecting each lake is a trail called a portage, where you carry all of your gear (and the canoe!) to the other side. Some portages are very short, like a couple hundred feet, while others can get up to a couple miles. Now if you're a hiker, that probably doesn't seem so bad, but unless you can carry all of your gear in one go, you'll have to do the portage 3 times: twice with a load of gear, and once without. The portages were tiring since you had to carry all your gear, but also felt great to get up and on your feet since the rest of the day you're sitting in the canoe or sitting at camp. Arriving at the portages was always a mix of excitement and nerves because you never knew what the trail was going to be like. Some portages had a beautiful flat trail, some were straight uphill and rocky, and some were mosquito-infested swampy trails. The same nervous-excited feelings arose when paddling up to a campsite. Some campsites were just average campsites, while others I can still picture so vividly. There was one really small campsite we stayed at one year that was super buggy, and pretty miserable. Another one, on Grandpa Lake from one of our earlier trips, was a big and beautiful campsite on an island. We stayed 2 nights at this site because it was just that great! On the extra day that we stayed at the site, we went fishing, read books, went swimming, and just hung around camp soaking up the sun and enjoying the rest day.