Maine cabin trip, fishing, shelter build

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  1. ANFwoodsman

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    @Sbrody and I kept the tradition alive and made a trip up to his dry cabin in Maine last weekend.

    Aside from hoping to do a little fishing and just get out in the woods, we also wanted to improve camp and "build something"

    We generally leave after work and make the 10 hour drive through the night to avoid traffic. That means we usually arrive in a mixed state of groggy and excited to be away...

    Last year when we arrived the lake was so low we had to use canoes and walk to camp.

    Luckily this year there was just enough to use the boat

    Unload the truck
    Put the boat in the water
    Put motor on boat
    Load boat
    Go!

    We couldn't have asked for better weather and seeing the early fall colors was an added bonus. I was tired of the constant rain and humidity at home.

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    After all the usual arrival routine we did manage some fishing from shore.

    @Sbrody had some luck

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    Continued...
     
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    And of course we have to eat good

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    Day 2 we set off on the boat to do some more fishing and a security sweep of some other camps.

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    Not so much luck on the fishing, but the camps were all ok, we did some exploring, and got to witness a plane land on the lake.

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    Then it was back to camp for lunch.

    Leftover shrimp in ramen noodles.

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    Then it was messing around in camp with various tools, processing wood, preping some spoon blanks...

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    These cold steel shovels are wicked! Digs, chops, de-limbs, and make a nice ringing "schwing" sound when in action...

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    A future spoon.

    Then it was back to fishing. Once again @Sbrody had the magic touch.

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    While I had an Alone moment, losing the fish just as it was almost on the beach.
     
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    For night activities @Sbrody decided to set up some new hammocks for testing. I messed around with roughing out a spoon and burning in the bowl.

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    Testing chair mode.

    Day 3 We decided to try building something. There were a good number of standing dead poles (Fir maybe?) and some birch to thin out.

    The first idea was a Teepee, but level space was an issue. So we decided on a shelter near the fire to use in the rain, in winter, and for extra sleeping space.

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    Great trip report - so nice to see that people still keep traditions alive in a world of constant change.
     
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    atta boy @Sbrody the bass slayer. chartreuse lure?

    nice trip.
     
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    The design for the shelter was just a rough idea we had, but it came together pretty well.

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    We still have some work to do on the next trip, but I think it was a good addition to camp.

    More tool experiments.

    The self-destructing survival axe testing
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    Despite multiple set-up variations, it continued to lose important bits during use - a design flaw. I have some ideas on how to fix it, but will save for another post.

    Sneak peak at the best-est-est bushcraft knife ever. Look for a full review to come!

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    Alas Monday we had to pack up and hit the road for the long journey home.

    And a long journey it was, complete with traffic delays (hours long), rain, and general nonsense.

    Luckily we discovered this place near Portland.

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    I highly recommend stopping by if you like meat and beer.

    I think @Sbrody has more trip photos to add, but that was it for me.
     
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    Great trip guys, and nice fish Mr. Brody. Gotta love Maine!

    Alex
     
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    Sounds like a great trip, thanks for the report.
     
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    Looks like a great time!
     
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    That sure looked like a fantastic time! Great stuff all around! Thanks for sharing your trip!

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    Nice trip report, how far up country were you to still find LM Bass?
     
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    Bangor area. It was a nice surprise caught from shore.
     
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    It was great to get out. Perfect weather and great company. I'll add some pictures if I have any good ones.
     
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    Wicked great trip
     
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    More of the fish...
    This first one was a fighter. I hooked him on the second cast but he got away as I was pulling him out of the water. I hooked him again and he escaped a second time! I didn't give up and amazingly I got him.
    The second fish is a beauty. 20181006_174446.jpg 69296.jpeg I like randomly inserting pictures of food.
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    Other random photos.
    Maine is a beautiful place. Until next time... 20181007_135333.jpg 20181007_182616.jpg 20181008_112644.jpg 20181007_170743.jpg
     
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    Awesome trip,thanks for sharing.
     
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    I like what you had on the menu!
    Great pics, too.
     
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    Looks like a great and yummy time. :)

    Has me looking forward to a trip later this month that I have planned. Thank you for sharing!
     
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    I am Sandcut's raging envy!!

    Looks like an awesome trip, lads!
     
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    Nicely done gentlemen!
     
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    TruSpec expedition pants. I really like them.
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    Great looking time. Love the fall colors.
     
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    Cool!thanks for the reply.looking for affordable non military trousers.These may do.
     
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    Thanks for sharing the pics and the story. Looks like a great place.
     
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    bumping some of the best trip reports of 2018!
     
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    Thanks for that. I had missed this one. It is always fun to see my State through the eyes of someone who doesn't live here and who doesn't take it for granted. :)
     
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    Very cool post fellas! those were some cool shelter and skills shown awesome stuff!
     

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