Boundary Waters canoe trip (pic heavy)

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  1. Porkeater

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    My wife and I went for a long weekend canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota. For those familiar with the area, we entered at EP 16, Moose River North, and traveled up to Lac la Croix. We lucked out with the weather as it rained for much of our drive up and almost the whole drive home, but only about 10 minutes while we were on the water.

    I decided to dress in period attire for the first day. Our destination, Lac la Croix, was essentially part of what was the Interstate 90 of the fur trade era.
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    Here is our island campsite for the first 2 nights, about a 12 mile trip in:

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    We did a little bit of fishing, without much luck. Did manage to get a close look at this guy though:

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    We took 2 days to paddle the route out that we did in one on the way in.

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    I had a chance to try out both the self-made knife and bow saw that I posted about earlier. The knife held up very well. The saw developed a crack on the last night at the hole where the string passes through. I'm going to try and save it with some epoxy.

    All in all, a nice relaxing trip.

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    Wonderful scenery and companion. I am going to quote a regular here and say, "Ya done good young feller."
     
  3. Porkeater

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    Thanks! Although I don't know about the young part. Didn't feel so young after the first day portages.
     
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    Awesome. 12 miles is a long paddle for the first day,! You did good. Looks like a memorable event. Thanks for sharing.

    You guys have some good food along?
     
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    very nice. I'd love for the wife and I to kayak that area.
     
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    Thanks! We had fresh food the first night and morning - Steak, roasted potatoes and apple crisp for dinner; bacon, eggs and hash browns for breakfaston day 2. The rest of our meals were mostly grocery store preserved things like knorr pasta packets with foil pack chicken added.
     
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    Looks nice. Would like to get up there someday. However, I don't think you had on period footwear. :)
     
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    Nice report. I have deer hunted up there several times, but still have to make it back to canoe. Thanks.
     
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    I have mocs to wear in camp, but they're too slippery on wet rocks to use on the trail. Ask me how I know that.
     
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    My wife and I spent 8 days in the Boundary Waters back in the mid-1990's. We were in the same general area you were in. Our first-night camp was on Lake Agnes but our longer-term base camp was on Lac La Croix, almost directly across from Warrior Hill.
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    At the beginning of that second day, I hurt in places I didn't even know I had! :eek::confused:

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    And here's our friend "Persistent," the Red Squirrel about whom I have written before:

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    I think I know the island site you're talking about. There are pictographs just North of there as well. We avoided staying on Agnes because there have been a lot of reports of bear activity lately.
     
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    Very Nice! Hoping to get up that way next summer!
     
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    Sounds like y’all had a great time.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    The Lake Agnes campsite was a real mess, probably because it was relatively close to the put-in points. Food scraps and fish gutz were everywhere. We had to clean up/out the fire ring before we could use it.
     
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    Yup. "Picture Rock" is accessible only by canoe. Members of a tribe of Little People, known to the Chippewa/Ojibwe as the Maymaygwashi, guard it.
     
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    Thanks for the report. I manage to get up there every few years or so. I’m headed that way the first week in October with a few other BCUSA members.
     
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