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TallMatt 02/12/2015 07:48PM
We helped carry eachothers' bags on the long portage from Knife to one of those "pothole" lakes and chatted a bit. Cool to see you are a BWCA.com member, small world!


We are usually preoccupied with moving through those "potholes" but on 2 trips caught numerous pike (late Sept) and walleyes/smallmouth in there.


Thanks for the thorough trip report, especially the campsite reviews. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. We were entering when you were leaving and had drizzly/misty weather for pretty much the whole 6 days we were there. Decided to leave a bit early because our weather radio forecasted a few days of t-storms.
AndySG 09/09/2014 12:39PM

A great report on a wonderful solo. Glad you got-r-done young fellow. You certainly deserved a long trip, and hope you have many more.


PS.....Smallies are tasty.
SaganagaJoe 02/08/2015 08:47PM
What a great trip. You really lucked out on the weather. Man.


I have to do this trip someday.
wetcanoedog 02/08/2015 09:27PM
great report and the map work and photos are about,if not,the best i have seen.
Northwoodsman 09/10/2014 03:58PM
What a great surprise at the end of a trip! Sounds like a great time. After a 3 week trip your were still smiling in every picture.
cooke350 09/23/2014 08:44AM
Great report & loved the pics! What are the odds that you met up with fellow Ohioans?!?
OgimaaBines 09/23/2014 11:52AM
Thanks for the report!Very good read and great pics.
opolka 02/20/2015 11:49AM
"Even though I had a crappy site, I was still in the Boundary Waters and life was good"


precisely. awesome report! loved every bit of it
Exo 03/27/2015 11:23PM
Great report and narrative! I thoroughly enjoyed it. To triple portage Boulder>Cap!!! The misery!! No wonder you were tuckered out a few of those days. Again, nice job.

Ohhh and the Adams> Boulder portage.... We had very high water, so it wasn't nearly as miserable....I think I commented a few times how much it would have sucked if the water was low. We had a stream flowing down the last bit of trail.
nlong 02/17/2015 11:54AM
I really enjoyed your trip report. It covered some of the route I took on my solo trip at the end of May. Looks like you had some great fishing!
HangLoose 02/12/2015 04:33PM
I truly enjoyed your trip report. Thanks for taking the time to create such a detailed and interesting trip report. Great photos and excellent fishing reports. What a nice surprise to have your dad and a cabin waiting for you upon your exit. I have 28 trips under my belt to BW, Q, and WCPP, but I have never done a solo trip. It is on my bucket list but for now I live vicariously through reports like yours. Nice job.
nctry 09/04/2014 09:37PM
Nice trip. I think 21 days is a nice length for a trip. You can really get into it as it sounds like you did. I wish you many more great adventures.
cowdoc 09/08/2014 09:36PM
Nice report.......neat route.
OldFingers57 09/09/2014 02:48AM
Great trip report and really nice photos.
Legacy13 09/11/2014 07:37AM
Excellent report! No clicking on thumbnails, each photo has a caption, perfect!



Thanks for sharing it.


Cary
bapabear 10/06/2014 12:54PM
This was a fun read and a great trip. Up through Thomas Lake I had been on those lakes. The rest were new to me and kept my interest.


So you take a hammock and a tent? Curious to know what you eat/pack for a 21 day journey or isn't it so bad when doing a solo?


Am jealous.
bobcole 10/06/2014 12:59PM
quote bapabear: "This was a fun read and a great trip. Up through Thomas Lake I had been on those lakes. The rest were new to me and kept my interest.



So you take a hammock and a tent? Curious to know what you eat/pack for a 21 day journey or isn't it so bad when doing a solo?



Am jealous."



Yeah, I took a hammock and a tent. I'd never slept in the hammock before, so I wasn't sure how I'd like it. I brought the tent along in case I preferred it over the hammock. In the end, I was glad I brought both. It's nice to have a little extra room to move around in the tent on rainy days.


Food/gear wise I brought way too much stuff. I ended up doing fish (with pasta or mac&cheese) for a little less than half of my dinners. Some freeze dried stuff, PB, clif/protein bars. A little food goes a long way when you're just cooking for yourself.
bobcole 10/06/2014 10:21AM
quote crazycanoe: "This was a GREAT report. I always enjoy reading these and viewing the pictures shared.


P.S. - I posted a report recently and cannot figure out how to get the pictures to the size you used... how did you do that? Thanks!
"crazycanoe" - Thanks! "


Hey, sorry for the delay in a response, I ended up going out on another solo trip! To do the pictures, I host on an external site (imgur/flickr/etc.) and they provide html code to embed your picture on another site. It usually looks something like this (I've deleted certain parts of it so these examples don't actually embed the images in this comment):

a href="http://imgur.com/2lXIyiv" img src="http://i.imgur.com/2lXIyiv.jpg" title="Sunset on Ensign."

Then, to make it fit to the bwca site, I add the "width" property like so:

a href="http://imgur.com/2lXIyiv" img src="http://i.imgur.com/2lXIyiv.jpg" width="800" title="Sunset on Ensign."

As you can see in this example, I set it to 800, which is the width of the reports on this site. To embed two pictures side by side like I did in my report, I do something like the following:

a href="http://imgur.com/N7K4CrZ" img src="http://i.imgur.com/N7K4CrZ.jpg" width="398" title="Sunrise on Ensign." a href="http://imgur.com/TmH5zk2" img src="http://i.imgur.com/TmH5zk2.jpg" width="398" title="After the Ensign/Ashigan portage."

Basically, I just add the width property for two images and set it to 398 pixels. Any more and it'll go over to the next line.
drrick 02/08/2015 08:00PM
Thanks for the report. Is your canoe a wilderness? Rick
Ho Ho 09/03/2014 02:09PM

Great trip, great report! Thanks for sharing it. You had great weather considering what it has been like up here most of this summer.


plumbbob 09/04/2014 09:48PM
Nice trip report and some really great pics.
02/26/2015 09:19PM
quote TallMatt: "We helped carry eachothers' bags on the long portage from Knife to one of those "pothole" lakes and chatted a bit. Cool to see you are a BWCA.com member, small world!



We are usually preoccupied with moving through those "potholes" but on 2 trips caught numerous pike (late Sept) and walleyes/smallmouth in there.



Thanks for the thorough trip report, especially the campsite reviews. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. We were entering when you were leaving and had drizzly/misty weather for pretty much the whole 6 days we were there. Decided to leave a bit early because our weather radio forecasted a few days of t-storms."



Oh yeah, I think I remember that! Seems so long ago now :-( I love fishing the potholes, and especially love fishing Carp where the first pothole flows in.
mjax127 09/13/2014 12:48AM
Outstanding!
02/26/2015 09:22PM
quote TomT: "Nice trip report for a cold winter night. I've done most of those lakes but on one trip couldn't find the portage to Cap from Roe. Your sat. pic shows the location pretty good. I ended up going down that clogged stream too far and bushwhacking a bit before giving up. Never made it to Boulder but got one of those great sand beach sites on Alice.



curious you never really mentioned bugs except for the deer flies. How were you able to sleep in the hammock without a screen netting? Also, were you triple portaging?



Thanks for taking the time with the maps and large pics. I may have to try catching crayfish on my next trip. Looks like you had some fun.



"



Those sand beach sites are amazing, I can't wait to go back. The bugs weren't bad at all, surprisingly. Dusk and dawn were obviously the worst times, but I had a bug net I'd throw over my head and they didn't seem to bother me after that. Oh, and I definitely used a screen for the hammock when I was sleeping, but I took it off during the day most of the time. Glad you enjoyed the report. I'm happy people keep reading it because I like going back and looking at these pictures in the dead of winter.
02/26/2015 09:27PM
quote TomT: "Nice trip report for a cold winter night. I've done most of those lakes but on one trip couldn't find the portage to Cap from Roe. Your sat. pic shows the location pretty good. I ended up going down that clogged stream too far and bushwhacking a bit before giving up. Never made it to Boulder but got one of those great sand beach sites on Alice.



curious you never really mentioned bugs except for the deer flies. How were you able to sleep in the hammock without a screen netting? Also, were you triple portaging?



Thanks for taking the time with the maps and large pics. I may have to try catching crayfish on my next trip. Looks like you had some fun.



"



Oh, forgot to answer your question. Yes, I was triple portaging. I decided to live the life of luxury and bring all kinds of shit I didn't need. The portages are a great work out so I have no regrets (except maybe that portage from Boulder to Cap...).
crazycanoe 09/14/2014 08:33AM
This was a GREAT report. I always enjoy reading these and viewing the pictures shared.


P.S. - I posted a report recently and cannot figure out how to get the pictures to the size you used... how did you do that? Thanks!
"crazycanoe" - Thanks!
AdamXChicago 09/02/2014 03:39PM
Great, detailed report. Nice photos. Thanks for posting.
Looks like the fish were hungry!
AdamX
alpine525 09/02/2014 04:16PM
Wow - you covered a lot of miles on your trip! Congratulations on what looked to be an amazing journey. Nice photos and report.
cyclones30 09/02/2014 04:25PM
Great report and all places I haven't visited yet. Have to add a few to the list now...


Thanks!
Mocha 09/02/2014 07:28PM
thanks for your report, thorougly enjoyed it! what a great treat and reward for finishing your masters program.
boonie 09/02/2014 08:29PM
Thanks, nice report and pictures. I really enjoyed reading about it since it was mostly places I haven't been and twice as many days as my longest. It sounds like you really enjoyed a much deserved trip.
cyclones30 09/02/2014 10:21PM
My wife and I are hoping to be finishing our master's this coming spring...maybe we should take a trip before we're done too :)
bobcole 09/02/2014 03:25PM
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Kiporby 09/02/2014 11:35PM
Well done and very cool. Thanks for sharing.
cycle003 09/03/2014 12:19PM
What a great trip.
mooseplums 09/03/2014 05:07PM
Wow! nice trip....how did you manage to eat all those bass...thanks for contributing to their demise.
bobcole 09/03/2014 08:47PM
Glad everyone is enjoying the report!


quote mooseplums: "Wow! nice trip....how did you manage to eat all those bass...thanks for contributing to their demise."


Haha, definitely didn't eat all those, I only ate 1 per dinner. Kept them on the stringer long enough to take pictures and then let them go.
builditbetter22 09/03/2014 09:31PM
Sounds like a great trip, thanks for sharing
Spartan2 09/24/2014 08:43AM
I really enjoyed your report--it felt like we were taken along on your wonderful solo!


We have been on most of those lakes and portages in our long canoe-tripping history, but certainly not in one trip! It was fun to relive it, and especially to see your great photos! I don't usually bother to click on thumbnails, so I always appreciate the large photos in a report.


Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
TomT 02/14/2015 10:32PM
Nice trip report for a cold winter night. I've done most of those lakes but on one trip couldn't find the portage to Cap from Roe. Your sat. pic shows the location pretty good. I ended up going down that clogged stream too far and bushwhacking a bit before giving up. Never made it to Boulder but got one of those great sand beach sites on Alice.


curious you never really mentioned bugs except for the deer flies. How were you able to sleep in the hammock without a screen netting? Also, were you triple portaging?


Thanks for taking the time with the maps and large pics. I may have to try catching crayfish on my next trip. Looks like you had some fun.


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