Now that most of the canoeing season is over in the B-Dub, how would you rate your trip(s) this year? Was it a thumbs up or thumbs down?
Mine would be a thumbs down as I didn't get to go. Had a chance but broke a couple of ribs and hurt my shoulder about a week before leaving.
"Always leave the woodpile higher than when you found it."
To the tune of an old song........ "it was a very good year".
Set my sights on 3 trips and at 3 different times of the year. One in the far NW corner (May 31 entry at LIS north), one in the middle (Aug 17 at Island River), and one on the east corner (Sept 13 at Bower-Trout). This winter I will try and write a report(s).
I like the daylight and wildlife activity of early Spring
I do not like summer
I like fall the best........ the color and the feel of the air. A few lines of "Urge for Going" dance in my head "ya see the geese in chevron flight flapping and a winging on before the snow, they got the urge for going, they got the wings to go, and I get the urge for going......" (Tom Rush)
"Boredom, Tyler - that's what's wrong. And how do you beat boredom, Tyler?... Adventure...(Never Cry Wolf, 1983)
In spite of the fact that we didn't get a trip in the "real" sense, still a "thumbs up". We stayed in a great place, thanks to some amazing friends, took day trips into the BWCA, and were able to be there. Until Spartan1 gets a new kidney, that is the best we can do. We took our five-year-old granddaughter on her first BWCA day trip. We spent time with TGO and Arkansasman, as well as some friends from Quiet Journey, and some other good Minnesota friends we have developed over decades of travel to the canoe country. We heard loons and saw the mist on the lake. Life is good.
Both June & August trips definately a Thumbs Up! Had great weather both trips & saw a Moose on both trips. Only negative for our June trip was not catching any fish. Caught fish on our August trip. The only negative on our August trip was finding one leg thigh high in mud! I was trying to get back in my canoe after we had to get out to drag the canoe over rocks & beaver dams, etc., etc. on Moose River South. Very low water level! After this trip my Husband says No More River Routes when the water level is down! Don't tell my husband but I have another River route planned for 2009 or 2010. Hopefully the water level will be up or he may just get out of the canoe & leave me stranded.
C-H-A-L-L-E-N-G-E: Do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can do.
Thumbs up!!!! Early Aug. basecamp on Bald Eagle. My wife and I had our first trip together and both said it was our favorite vacation in our 11 years of marriage. Looking forward to another trip next year and anxious to start bringing our little ones in a few years.
This year I thought I wouldn't get to go. The surgery I had in March caused me to miss my spring trip. That would have been the first time in 23 years, that I missed a trip. So, the trip I took in September, although a mere 5 days...was 2 thumbs up, Waaaay up!
"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
Thumbs up! Any opportunity to get away from the hustle is greatly appreciated. To be able to spend the week with my Dad in BWCA was "priceless". Not sure how many more years we have left but definitley want my son to be able to do a three generation trip in a few years.
Our annual Quetico trip in June was a bit of a bust. While it's always fun to be in Canoe Country, especially with my son and our friends with whom we've been paddling for years, this particular trip was cold, windy, rainy and the fishing was tough. First time I've ever worn my rain gear for warmth practically the entire trip.
I never like to use the words "worst trip", but relatively speaking, it was pretty close.
Considering we've been going for 20+ years, we were due for a cold, windy and rainy trip. Now, maybe we're good for another 20 years.
"Keep close to Nature's heart, yourself; and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir
After missing my annual spring trip, I was lucky enough to get a September trip in instead. It was a 3 man trip and I finally got to go in my solo canoe. It was great, but a few days too short. We were only in 5 days. But I still give it the thumbs up.
My first solo was in early June. Wet, windy and cold except for one of the eight days. Even so, it was my favorite trip because the satisfaction I got from my handling of the adverse conditions. I saw a moose in the BW, two groups of wild horses in Nevada and hundreds of antelope during my drives across the country. I also stopped and made a surprise visit, in Montana, to someone I hadn't seen in 46 years.
The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that's all there is. ___Mr Carson (Downton Abby)
I didn't get quite to the BWCA unfortunately, but I'm working on it for next year. I did get to the Quetico, and that was definitely a thumbs up! I got to lead a group of high schoolers on their first major canoe trip.
i was lucky enough to take 4 trips with a bunch of different folks-it was a great soft water season...
i started the year with an ice breaking trip for the fishing opener up Nina Moose to Oyster (with my buddy clayton)-trip report filed
then in early june i got to take my dad, sister and girlfriend into Lil Gabbro for a few gusty days-got to practice my open water rescue techniques (dad and sister capsized)-trip report overdue
then in august shadypaddler and i made a great circuit entering at Ram and exiting Bower Trout-again trip report in progress
and a couple weeks ago I took a couple good friends/former classmates/colleagues Gary and Tom up through Slim lake. It was my first trip in a solo canoe and we had a great time-in spite of some issues early on-interesting trip report pending
we (my girlfriend, myself and the pooch) also spent a couple nights on the edge of the bwca in September at a wonderful B&B called the Blue Heron (on Farm Lake near Ely). I would highly recommend it to anyone! Got to take a day paddling trip from there.
unfortunately had to abort a September hiking trip with my dog when she apparently hurt herself while riding in the car. got out to water the trees/grass at a rest stop near Cloquet and she was limping and not putting any weight on her passenger side rear wheel. that was too bad but there's always next year!
hopefully now i can get around to some trip reports-i'll have to dust off some cobwebs!
two thumbs way up. Made it from Mudro to Beartrap in good time and it wasn't taken. Had fish supper every night. Saw lots of deer and a moose, and I believe we heard a bear "huffing and puffing" not very far behind our camp. 15-30 yards not very far. Real loud, real close, and definitely not a deer. Wouldn't trade this trip for anything. Hope to get more friends along for the trip next year. Maybe even get them hooked on this site.
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S Thompson
Feb. 4 days: Dog Sled trip Snowbank thru numbers- Family trip
May- 3 days: Isabella down the river- w/son
May- Weekend: Slim Lake to Little Rice- w/son
June- 4 days: Baker thru Fire lakes to Sawbill- w/son
July- 4 days: Hog to Isabella- with son
August 5 days: Larch, Clove and up the border- Family trip
Sept.- 3 days: Slim, Big Rice- Solo
Oct.- Weekend: Isabella to river- Solo
Oct.- Weekend: Lake 1 to three- Solo
We had cold, rain, ice and some snow in May. Bugs and rain in June. Storms in July, perfect weather in August and October.
Not in BWCA but managed to get on a raft trip this spring in the Grand Canyon.
Another great year in 2008 and Looking forword to many trips in 2009!!
"With an ax, you can build a life. With a stove, you can boil water. That is if nothing breaks and you don't run out of fuel." -Samuel Hearne
Like Moose Plums; they're ALL thumbs up, and this one was a double! Decent weather (one drzzle/mist day,one pour-down day, onw WINDY day, the rest calm and a bit overcast, and the morning to paddle out, the lake was like a sheet of glass! The fishing was good, and found a nice campsite on iron! (on the fourth stop, but nonetheless a good one) Two thumbs up! It's either 16 or 24 hr. driving time (I drive because of our gear). Only wished I lived within a few hours so we could do it more often.
I guess I have 2 more trips on the edge of the BWCA that I should add. Both were a big thumbs up.
4 day trip in June to Kawishiwi Lake campground. Because of many health reasons my father in law can't do a trip into the BWCA so I took him and my brother in law for the next best thing. It was very quiet and relaxing with only the 5 campsites. Also had the peace of mind with the car right there. Just filled out the day trip permits and toured and fished the lake. Besides seeing his grandkids this was the best medicine for him.
3 day trip in Oct. to Bearskin Lodge on East Bearskin Lake with my wife and our 2 daughters (3 and 1). Did a lot of hiking and took some nature drives. It's amazing how happy the 2 little ones are whenever we're in the woods. My 3 year old fell in love with fishing. We didn't catch anything but she absolutely loved it. Both mornings we were there she was up at 6:00 (still pitch black out) and the first thing she did was wake me up and say "let's go fish Dad".
Thumbs up! It was a great trip this year.
I treated my brother-in-law and his 10 and 15 yeard old boys to the trip this year in August. It was the first time either of the boys had ever been camping. By the end of the week they were taking the canoe out to go fishing without any help.
Only 4 trips this summer...Numbers lakes on June 1, LIS at the end of June, Lake 3 in August, Kawasachong/Polly in September.
But we are blessed in that we are able to daytrip almost anytime. And, when the moon and stars align just right, (as in we both have a night or two off at the same time), we can pop up to the ranger station, find an open entry point and get a permit.
Life is good in the northland.... TG
"Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world." ~Josephine Demott Robinson
TWO Big thumbs Up!! Took a new paddling partner on a 10-day July trip on the northern edge of Quetico this year along w/ the usual riff raff I paddle with....the idea being...if she could enjoy that trip w/ that group she might be a keeper!! Bottom line?: She drove up to Ely in October and bought "us" a new tandem Bell Northwoods for lots of future trips. What's more, she caught more fish than the rest of us combined....and SHE had never had a fishing pole or a paddle in her hand before that trip. SHE'S A KEEPER!!!
..there is nothing- absolute nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats - Wind in the Willows
I had a good 4 day short trip to meeds lake, least people you'll ever see on an entry lake after the mile portage, we only saw 3 other groups the whole trip, had a nice island site, and the lake to ourselves.
The creation of a thousand forests is in a single acorn- Ralph Waldo Emerson
May trip. It snowed once. It rained daily. We took the wrong trail at a portage. Wet footed it in 38 degree weather and cold water. All the fire wood was soaked from the rain. Two thumbs up it was a great time.