I'm so excited that my trip is soon becomiing a reality!!! I will be going from Voyageur Canoe outfitters with a tow to Red Rock. Will be a 3 day trip to see if my wife likes it. Any last minute suggestions or recommendations to make it a great trip. All comments apprecaited even smartass ones...lol!
The sound of a paddle in still waters will steal your soul.
My suggestion is to take some surprise desserts or snacks for the trip. Either bring some oil and popcorn or buy a Jiffy pop popcorn pack for one night.
If you are bringing your wife many people suggest a solar shower. I don't own one and haven't ever thought of bringing one. But maybe it would be nice for your wife.
Have a great trip and I look forward to a trip report.
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A small, lightweight foldup chair (stool = no backrest. chair = backrest) would be nice. A pair of field glasses to see what's "over there". Baby-wipes and Purell hand cleaner would make her feel fresher and cleaner.
Best wishes to you for a safe and enjoyable trip! The only words of wisdom I have to offer are never, ever criticize your wife's paddling or portaging abilities...spoken from experience. Please be sure to post upon your return how things went!
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Box of Ho-Ho's repackaged in a Nestle Quik plastic chocolate mix container. If she is anything like my wife, a little bit of chocolate heaven goes a long way.
Sunshowers are also a great idea but you may not need or be able to use it on a three day trip. If she hates being dirty though, it may save the trip. Just be sure to be out of site of the lake when it is used and make sure your canoe is visible from the shore. This from experience...
I've never taken a girlfriend camping, but I've thought about what I would bring if I did to make the trip more tolerable for her... here are some things I have always had on my mental checklist:
Mountain House Blueberry Cobbler, or any flavor of Cheesecake. Fantastic desserts.
Stridex pads are awesome for that 'clean face' feeling, even moreso than a baby wipe - those go a long way toward making the grubbies go away. I haven't taken them on a trip in a long time as I trended more toward ultralight from maximum comfort.
I do like Dr Bronner's peppermit soap for camping... it can serve as soap, shampoo, dish soap... and it's biodegradable and organic. It also comes in eucalyptus, almond and lavender, but I find the peppermint to be the least pungent and makes me feel the most clean. I've never used it in bear country, though - I don't know if the peppermint smell is one that would attract bears, but I don't want to risk it.
A camp chair is definitely a good suggestion - even though most sites have some sort of rudimentary log bench or rocks convenient for sitting, a nice chair will definitely make someone feel more comfy in camp.
Does she like wine? If she gets anxious about being out at night, a "glass" of wine might make things more mellow ... or if she's like me, I never sleep well while camping because I just don't... it could be a sleep aid. You can get small plastic glass-size bottles at convenience stores or liquor stores. I've never taken booze into the BWCA, but I will tell you a nice cold beer with a burger by a fire after a long day on a river in TX was just about the best camp meal I've ever had.
quote Frenchy19: "Best wishes to you for a safe and enjoyable trip! The only words of wisdom I have to offer are never, ever criticize your wife's paddling or portaging abilities...spoken from experience. Please be sure to post upon your return how things went!"
+1 do NOT bring up paddling X2
Do most of the work around camp, she will appreciate the effort. Don't plan on her being your personal sherpa either, carry the heavy packs and give her the light stuff. Chocolates, hot cocoa, and a comfortable chair (that she knows she has to carry) and any other treats you can think of will make the trip more enjoyable.
Give her the book "Shades of Gray"...all will be good =)
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