...in by canoe, she had a small outboard she used before it was illegal. She went out to the west of Knife to Ely. In winter, snowmobiles opened op the country for easier travel. In her later years, the USFS and friends would bring her provisions. For years, like most of the old timers up there, she "Put up ice." So they had refrigeration year round.
Unfortunately, we paddled right by Pine Island in 1984 and I never knew about her until after she was gone. Bob Cary wrote a book years ago about her, "Root Beer Lady."
Actually, a long day could get you from Sag to Knife, especially if you got a tow to American Point on Sag. I've only been to Knife in that direction. Sag to Swamp, Ottertrack, Ester, Hansen, then Knife as I recall. Never been there from Ely.