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Sobi
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02/21/2013 03:15PM
Do any of you sleep much the night prior to a winter trip? Three of us are to meet 5am tomorrow for a 3 day adventure (lake 1-2-3) and with all the anticipation and glee I never get much shut eye. Making those lists sure helps. Other helpful hints or process points that help get you through the night?

We aim to camp on the NE side of Lake Two. Fish that area, build the George style tombs, and ski all over hell. The weather looks really nice, almost too warm actually. Looking forward to building a solid trip report full of pictures and amusing stories. Hopefully nothing too crazy like falling through the ice, getting swamped in slush, lost in conifer, or starving for lack of fish.

See you Monday... God Willing!!
 
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TuscaroraBorealis
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02/21/2013 04:58PM
Hope you have a memorable trip for all the right reasons. Looking forward to the trip report.
GreatBigCubsFan
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02/21/2013 07:34PM
When I plan an early departure for any trip I never sleep well, I've lately been leaving in the afternoons and driving 6 hours and then sleeping over at a Days Inn. I can get a good rest on both nights that way.

Enjoy your trip!
Sobi
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02/27/2013 08:16AM
Slept pretty good this time around. Up and at em by 4am and had the boys picked up by 5:07. We piled through the north end of that Friday snowstorm and by the time we hit Hibbing the roads were almost clear. 9:30 we were parked at the end of the road Lake One! Just as we get moving through the little narrows the snow catches back up with us. What a pretty squall. Fallsy took a quick photo of me resting on the way in. Note the hi end gear I was using :) Note for next year... pack light rain coat.

More story to follow.
Sobi
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03/21/2013 02:11PM
So that trip report must have got stuck between the seats of the Caravan on the way home. Crazy how quickly we move on to the next thing. Takes a very diligent traveler to report back timely an in detail. To sum the trip in a few words, warm-wet-wonderful. After that snowstorm the sun came out late day 2 and all day 3. We skied and shoed and explored and fished and ate and slept and laughed. The pike were biting pretty good so we did get to try out the new pot Fallsy purchased with a fish chowder. Two of us slept in hammocks and one in the tomb... that be me. I built her on the lake near shore and after digging it out notice a big rock jutting out right in the middle. Guess a guy should double check that first. I liked the arrangement overall once I maneuvered around the rock and added a tarp roof to keep out the snow. The candle ledge inside really added to the atmosphere. The boys in the hammocks said they were cozy as well. Temps only dipped to right around zero. Skiing was the highlight overall. Sure sweet having a normal winter again. Can't wait to ski again later tonight. Here are few pix, help me out with what kind of critter suffered the quick ending.
OBX2Kayak
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03/21/2013 03:06PM
Hammock = no worry about rocks.

Nice pic's. Thanks.
Sobi
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03/21/2013 03:12PM
OBX, you would have a good time mocking me out there too!!
More pix, ancient hollow cedar score and brilliant sunset (should have brought a nice camera and worked with that more).
Sobi
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03/22/2013 08:07AM
Still plenty of wolves around!

TuscaroraBorealis
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03/22/2013 09:00AM
Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
03/22/2013 06:09PM
Look like some nice size Northerns!!!
Sobi
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03/25/2013 07:15AM
Most of the Pike were in the 20-22" range. We broke a few off too using that light 6 pound test since we were hoping for the other pike. This is the only one that found our tip ups (he looks weak at the moment, but recovered quickly and all 6 inches of him made it back to safety).
 
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