It was fun to meet up with some people this past trip. First met up with Zulu before the trip. Bunked at VNO and met Lynn. Was past up on nina Moose so I picked up the pace to meet the singe portaging guys and the bow paddler was Sam Cook (outdoor writer). Then it was dry for a couple days as I looked for a co worker from spring creek I finally gave up and started paddling back toward LLC. Then I got the hair brain idea to head south to Stewart Lake (I was in Iron, well on but eventually in). There was a guy at the portage and he says... I was told I might meet someone like you out here. It was Bumabu (hope I spelled that right). He said he was heading toward Mudro and the portages were pretty bad going to Stewart. So the decision was made to tag along to Mudro... (which there was no map between us for Crooked). At the base of the Curtain Falls portage I dumped and caused a little comotion. After gathering my stuff we headed to the nearby campsite to dry things out. And who should appear from the portage but my buddy Lance. We all camped together and had an enjoyable evening. Lance shared his map of Crooked with us. When I was coming back toward Ely after retrieving my truck from EP16 I poked into the parking lot at Angleworm and met Dan, canoe refurbisher from Spring Creek coming down the portage. Then I read about others that were in the same area and thought it would have been something if I'd run into them too.
Sounds like a great trip Ben. Glad to see you made it out of your dump safely. I'll bet that water is still pretty chilly up there. Always nice to run into someone you know as well. I did a boy scout bike trip with Sam Cooke nearly 30 years ago. We did about 200 miles or so over a few days around the Arrowhead region. He was much younger then. Somewhere I still have the Duluth paper story about it. If I recall it was nearly a two pager. I enjoy reading his articles and books. Sorry, rambling now. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you had a great dress rehearsal for your big trip later this year.
“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".
quote BWPaddler: "+1 on SC post... amazing to think about knowing so many different people up there and bumping into several.
Where are the "dump" pics? Bring 'em on!"
I was swimming for my life and you wanted me to take pictures? :) I think Bud has pics of our "yard sale" afterwards. Luckily we had time to dry things before night time. The good news is I didn't loose a thing... except a little dignity. I think Bud was more worried about the outcome than me. Bernice swam to shore and was ready to play. I learned a lot from the experiance... Glad I had a new PFD... It worked great.
Neat story about linking up with people on your trip. This year I have a "Flying Moose" on my pack and will have either a T-shirt or my hat on at some time or other so hope it will get recognized and I can connect with some new folks while up there.
May waters rise to meet you.
May wind and current be always at your back.
May the Good Lord paddle with you,
And may yours be the lightest pack.