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shavdaddy81  
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04/02/2012 10:30AM
 
Hey guys, just wanted to see what else you guys do up there besides canoeing, fishing, exploring etc. Cards, dice games...I even thought about bringing some washers up for a good ol Okie washer game.

What do you guys bring up?
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CapitalCity  
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04/02/2012 10:33AM
 
Bait, booze, and a small cribbage board.
Jackfish  
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04/02/2012 10:37AM
 
We have a saying in our group... "We're up. Might as well fish!"

It might not be QUITE to that extent, but we still are there to fish. If it's too windy or bad weather, we might play cribbage or take naps.

In the evening, we'll enjoy a cocktail or two, but getting drunk isn't even on the radar screen. Nature is too beautiful and we work too hard to get into the place we're at to want to spend it with a hangover.


It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
shavdaddy81  
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04/02/2012 10:38AM
 
yeah...and the beer thing, whats up with that whole deal? I have read no cans in bwca no glass bottles, plus being out for a week in June would make for some warm beers...How do you guys all roll on that?
GSP  
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04/02/2012 10:55AM
 
quote shavdaddy81: "Hey guys, just wanted to see what else you guys do up there besides canoeing, fishing, exploring etc. Cards, dice games...I even thought about bringing some washers up for a good ol Okie washer game.

What do you guys bring up?"

Would of been nice if the guys playing a washer game would of hauled their game out with them. 4" pvc couplings and 12 1" galvanized washers, but you guys weren't on Iron Lake.


German Shorthair Pointers Rule Serenity is found in your mind, not somewhere you seek.
john 800  
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04/02/2012 11:26AM
 
hackey sack is always a good time, then you can make up other games with the hackey sack like bocce ball with a hackey sack, well sort of like bocce ball, and toss the sack into a hat, ect. we also usually take cards. we always said we need to take lawn darts, That might be a little much.
shavdaddy81  
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04/02/2012 11:33AM
 
quote john 800: "hackey sack is always a good time, then you can make up other games with the hackey sack like bocce ball with a hackey sack, well sort of like bocce ball, and toss the sack into a hat, ect. we also usually take cards. we always said we need to take lawn darts, That might be a little much."


hackey sack is making it a long for sure! You ever play out? Everbody in the circle has to hack it once, then its live and once you have hackied it three times,you try to hit guys with the hackey sack...you are not allowed to move your feet and if the hackey hits you and you can hackey it then you kick it at somebody else...if not then its a point, three points and your out. Sorry for the long explanation...just need you to understand the awesomeness of it is all =)
shavdaddy81  
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04/02/2012 11:38AM
 
quote GSP: "quote shavdaddy81: "Hey guys, just wanted to see what else you guys do up there besides canoeing, fishing, exploring etc. Cards, dice games...I even thought about bringing some washers up for a good ol Okie washer game.


What do you guys bring up?"

Would of been nice if the guys playing a washer game would of hauled their game out with them. 4" pvc couplings and 12 1" galvanized washers, but you guys weren't on Iron Lake."



No, this will be my first time to BWCA since 1999...funny though we are going to Iron Lake. We bring six washers and toss them in a plastic cup because we are ninja like that.
boonie  
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04/02/2012 11:40AM
 
Besides that, I usually sit, do nothing, observe nature, read, write, nap, day dream, take pictures. But I'm usually alone and more easily amused than most.
Beemer01  
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04/02/2012 11:53AM
 
Fish, read, fish, smoke cigars, explore, gather firewood, have an evening cocktail, build a fire.

Life boils down to essentials quickly.


"You're not serious about wearing sandals on this portage.... are you?"
boss_angler  
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04/02/2012 12:11PM
 
Good point Beemer.... Life in the BW does boil down to the essentials rather quickly. Not to sound too extreme or anything but when you have to REALLY work to get a hot meal or drink clean water, enjoy the comfort of shelter and just get from point A to point B.... The "little things" tend to take on a whole new dimension of satisfaction.

We tend to bring a small cribbage board & cards. Doesn't seem to get too much use unless the weather is poor. Otherwise, when we are not doing "chores" such as gathering wood or water, preparing meals, setting up or breaking down camp, or touring... we spend a lot of time fishing and exploring.


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Huntindave  
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04/02/2012 12:23PM
 
Besides fishing?????


I can't think of a single good reason why I couldn't be fishing! All that water and so little time. :>) :>)
bhouse46  
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04/02/2012 03:43PM
 
Beer, the English drink it warm. :-( I will often bring one beer for the first fish dinner or other special occasion and something harder from the fine spirits section for after dinner around the fire or watching the stars. Fine spirits weigh less and take up less space.
Like the others, the chores of travel, setting up camp, fixing food and then the clean up and break down fill a lot of time. Chatting around the fire or star watching or just enjoying the experience. Mostly stopped taking the extras like a book or game as the BWCA is entertaining enough.
fishonfishoff  
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04/02/2012 03:47PM
 
quote shavdaddy81: "Hey guys, just wanted to see what else you guys do up there besides canoeing, fishing, exploring etc. Cards, dice games...I even thought about bringing some washers up for a good ol Okie washer game.

What do you guys bring up?"

In Ohio we aren't blessed with a beautiful place like the BDUB. With that being said every minute possible is spent enjoying it to the fullest like canoeing, fishing, exploring, etc... We can play cards back home.


"JUST TRY IT!"
fishonfishoff  
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04/02/2012 03:47PM
 
quote shavdaddy81: "Hey guys, just wanted to see what else you guys do up there besides canoeing, fishing, exploring etc. Cards, dice games...I even thought about bringing some washers up for a good ol Okie washer game.


What do you guys bring up?"!$/i

"JUST TRY IT!"
mirth  
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04/02/2012 04:06PM
 
I bring a journal, look at the maps to plot our next moves, and generally just sit around poking the fire and observing nature.

And fishing, like HuntinDave said - all that water & so little time. :)

In regards to beer, there are plenty of ways to get things cooler than air temperature - tie on a sturdy line & deep six your item for several hours. It'll be plenty cool when it comes up. There's also evaporative cooling, but I don't know how well that works on liquids.
analyzer  
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04/02/2012 04:31PM
 
I go to the boundary waters to relax and do NOTHING. I fish, and take guilt free naps. When you take a nap at home, you almost always feel like you should be doing something. In the bdub, you can take a nap completely guilt free. There's nothing better.

If I have others along, who are not so comfortable doing nothing, then we have a deck of cards, and some dice. There are lots of games you can play with either.

Backgammon can be played with nothing more than 2 die. You simply make the board in the dirt, and use rocks or pine cones.

Bring a few steel tip darts. Instead of a dart board, use pine cones on a log. Bigger ones for less points, and smaller ones for more points.

You can always throw a chunk of wood in the water, and chuck rocks at it.

Frankly, I enjoy sitting around, just enjoying the view, and the peace and quiet. By the time I get done with camp chores, sitting around doing nothing is quite enjoyable. I'd take some of that right now.


schweady  
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04/02/2012 04:51PM
 
Fishing is right up there at the top of the list, but if you bring the kids, there's no telling what they will come up with to put a new wrinkle on a trip. I had collected a pile of wrist-sized logs -- straight, smooth, and rock hard--- off of a beaver lodge for firewood but they became Louisville Sluggers for a game of rockball instead:








(They thought I should paddle out and put a 328' sign on the little islet 'down the right field line...')



"You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra
walllee  
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04/02/2012 06:02PM
 
If I am with the guys ,fishing morning, noon , and night, if I am with my wife it is #%@*!*#@ dusk till dawn.
overthehill  
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04/02/2012 06:16PM
 
Beemer makes a good point. When the essentials ARE done and it's pouring rain.....it's read, shoot the breeze and EUCHRE!


Not to Hurry-Not to Worry
mc2mens  
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04/02/2012 08:30PM
 
Paddle, portage, set up camp, fish, collect firewood, cook, clean, explore, photograph, nap, sit around the campfire, smoke cigars, drink wine, drink coffee, poop, daydream, look at maps, paddle, fish....do it all over again, take down camp, paddle, portage.


"Big fish eat little fish."
lundojam  
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04/02/2012 08:56PM
 
fish, read, fish, read about fishing, have a whiskey
AdamXChicago  
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04/02/2012 09:59PM
 
Read, shoot photos/videos, BS
tom m  
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04/02/2012 09:59PM
 
how about a good old fashion sock drying, yar! its been a while


TOM
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04/02/2012 10:24PM
 
quote shavdaddy81: "yeah...and the beer thing, whats up with that whole deal? I have read no cans in bwca no glass bottles, plus being out for a week in June would make for some warm beers...How do you guys all roll on that?"


you can buy plastic bottles......long rope, mesh sack with a rock......deep six them keeps them fairly cool.


"What could happen?"
sunnybear09  
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04/02/2012 10:42PM
 
Let's see, as a solo tripper/fisherman after paddling, portaging, fishing, tent setting, wood gathering, cooking, clean-up, clothes drying, food hanging, coffee percing, journal writing, rain dodging, photographing, hook sharpening, more wood gathering, and water purifying, I study maps over and over.... and then go snipe hunting. Over and over and over....till I drop. Sometimes I have time to talk to myself...
Dregs_88  
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04/02/2012 10:51PM
 
We always go for a random walk around. You never know what you will find while exploring. We look for small ponds, lakes or things that are kind of off the beaten path that most people dont take the time to find. Helps break up the trip so your not on the water the entire time. Otherwise a deck of cards is easy to pack.
stormrider1  
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04/02/2012 10:55PM
 
paddle, set up camp, get water, go fishing, make fire, cook food, smoke cigar, drink whiskey, get up and do it all over. I cant wait to go again!
fitgers1  
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04/02/2012 11:14PM
 
Fish, nap, booze, fish, nap, booze, go for a hike, paddle to next lake and fish, play cribbage and read, try not to fall asleep in the hammock, cook, drink, fish. Huh.
Oh, stare at the stars and moon in the evenings while fishing.
Listen to twins games in the evenings.
Bushwhack exploring with my GPS.
Fish.
Look for wood, start fire, cook.
Relax, read, fall asleep and take a nap in the hammock.
Write notes about all the fishing, drinking and napping in my journal notebook. Take lots of pictures to show to all the lazy scared people back in the city that will not go to the wilderness.
Day trips to other lakes for more fishing and exploring and some shore booze. I mean shore lunch.
We really don't drink that much. Or do we.
Look for wildlife.
My lady and I did some other things up there but what happens in the bdub, stays in the bdub.
Drink.
My favorite thing/time is getting up early and making coffee. Watching the light envelope the world, throw a line out, make some breakfast and get some water. Not particularly in that order.



“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
shavdaddy81  
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04/03/2012 09:10AM
 
Cowdoc, that is pretty much what we were thinking...
shavdaddy81  
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04/03/2012 09:12AM
 
quote schweady: "Fishing is right up there at the top of the list, but if you bring the kids, there's no telling what they will come up with to put a new wrinkle on a trip. I had collected a pile of wrist-sized logs -- straight, smooth, and rock hard--- off of a beaver lodge for firewood but they became Louisville Sluggers for a game of rockball instead:









(They thought I should paddle out and put a 328' sign on the little islet 'down the right field line...')
"



hahaha...beautiful, thanks for sharing!
TuscaroraBorealis  
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04/03/2012 09:55AM
 
Relax


Swimming


Take a bath









Go for a hike


Feed the animals. :)


Have a cocktail








Play cards


Go rock hunting


Climb a hill









Take pictures


Never know what you'll find in the woods.


Read a book










Cut some firewood


Pick some berries


Did I mention, pick some berries?!?!









Take a nap. But, go to the bathroom first! :)


Jump in the lake


Watch the wildlife









Play with your children







Look for animal tracks


Enjoy being immersed in the splendor God has created.








.......and if all else fails? Hug a tree! :)
Sobi  
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04/03/2012 01:41PM
 
Lovely pix.
I too find it the perfect time to explore. A great part of that is getting up close and personal with the little things. It's a fun meditative journey into someone else's life. From there you can take your fully relaxed person back out to that warm flat rock and pour yourself into yoga!





"The price of anything is the life you pay for it." -HDT
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04/04/2012 06:54AM
 
TB... that was great! How old was your daughter in that picture?
Aaron79  
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04/04/2012 06:59AM
 
We pack a football and a frisbee on our trips:)
Spartan2  
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04/04/2012 07:22AM
 
Most of the things TB said, although we don't take children and we don't jump off of cliffs. Instead of cards, we might play Racko.

Write in my journal. Just sit and look at the lake. Pray. Meditate.

Plan the next trip. Think about all of the other trips.

Stalk butterflies.

Take photos.

Lie on a warm rock and do absolutely nothing. :-)
Jackfish  
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04/04/2012 07:26AM
 
quote Spartan2: "Stalk butterflies. "
I had heard there was a stalker somewhere in the BW. Finally, she has been identified! (We can all sleep better now.) :)


It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
TuscaroraBorealis  
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04/04/2012 08:11AM
 
quote hwdhusky: "TB... that was great! How old was your daughter in that picture?"


2 months
boss_angler  
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04/04/2012 08:42AM
 
quote Spartan2: ".... Lie on a warm rock and do absolutely nothing. :-)"
+1

quite possibly one of the best indulgences to be had in the BW...




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Kots  
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04/21/2012 07:44PM
 
Cliffjumping, slow paddle to check out bluffs, islands and points, swimming, euchre, poker with mostacolli noodles as chips, 4 hr hike (just pick a spot, pack some water and a snack and go- you never know what you'll find!). We also play a great campfire drinking word game- for example- "name a guitarist (and we go around in the group and keep naming 1 each til we can't think of anymore), name a lead singer, name a baseball team, etc. If you get stumped, drink! :D


When I die, sprinkle my ashes in the BWCA!
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04/21/2012 11:09PM
 
I'm an English professor, so I look forward to nothing more than reading a good book out on a rocky point. I am also an avid fisherman, but if I had to choose between carrying weight for fishing gear vs. books, I'd choose the books. And yes, books (plural).

In fact, I love finding books in the winter that I really, really want to read but won't because I know they'll be perfect for the BWCA. I love Sigurd Olson books, and any of the ones published by the U of M that deal with the north country.

But I'm a bit weird. People look at me pretty funny when I find my little bit of heaven by doing nothing but reading and taking breaks by looking at trees and water.

On a solo trip, I'll forego a fire for the last hour or two of daylight to get out on a point and read. After it gets dark, I'll go into the tent and either go to bed or continue to read by headlamp. Wake up in the morning, read through sunrise, paddle, and repeat. That's when life is good.

GSP  
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04/22/2012 08:01AM
 
quote schweady: "Fishing is right up there at the top of the list, but if you bring the kids, there's no telling what they will come up with to put a new wrinkle on a trip. I had collected a pile of wrist-sized logs -- straight, smooth, and rock hard--- off of a beaver lodge for firewood but they became Louisville Sluggers for a game of rockball instead:



(They thought I should paddle out and put a 328' sign on the little islet 'down the right field line...')"




Like moms say all over "its all fun and games until someone gets a rock to the head"


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04/22/2012 02:20PM
 
Read. Sometimes I carve things.
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04/24/2012 09:08PM
 
stare at the backwoods tv (aka fire)


trashbag
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04/25/2012 08:56AM
 
What I do totally depends on who I'm with. I go up with some friends and we fish all day every day. We actually fish too much sometimes so that we are stuck doing camp chores in the dark, we need to learn to plan that better but the fish are always biting somewhere.


When I'm with my wife the pace of the trip is drastically different. She loves to just sit and read. She also brings multiple books since she can burn through an 800 page book in a day.


While the wife is lounging and reading I'll do all kinds of stuff. i will do some reading and some napping but I have a hard time sitting still, I'm always wanting to do something. So i'll usually do camp chores for awhile, I collect fire wood and organize it according to size next to the fire grate, then I'll take a picture of the pile like so.


After thats done I'll go exploring to see if theres anything cool behind camp. I'll cast some lures off shore to see if I can stumble into a few fish. I'll play with the dog since he's usually following me around through this entire process anyways. I'll play around with primitive fire starting but I normally get bored before it actually works.


I normally have no trouble entertaining myself.
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04/25/2012 01:06PM
 
Schweady....
I think i have about that exact same pic of our group playing 'rockball'....great way to pass the time (and quite amusing, we have a member of our group that can mimic a twins announcer to a tee)....We also bring a small football, passes some time and is a great way to stretch out your muscles the day after a long day paddling/portaging.


Other than that, time is spent doing camp chores, checking the diptherm(water temp), checking the leeches, checking minnow trap, etc etc....you can keep yourself entertained even if it is raining and 4 of you are sitting under an 8x10 tarp...
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