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Entry Point 25 - Moose Lake

Moose Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 21 miles. Access is an boat landing or canoe launch at Moose Lake. Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 27
Elevation: 1356 feet
Latitude: 47.9877
Longitude: -91.4997
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kanoes
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09/20/2011 06:24PM
 
New Trip Report posted by kanoes

Trip Name: THE trip (hunter island, quetico...solo)

Entry Point: 25

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billconner
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09/20/2011 06:37PM
 
Well done!
cowdoc
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09/20/2011 06:42PM
 
Good job k-man!

"What could happen?"
izzy
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09/20/2011 06:46PM
 
Very nice Jan ! Glad you are back.
Basspro69
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09/20/2011 06:58PM
 
quote kanoes: "New Trip Report posted by kanoes


Trip Name: THE trip.


Entry Point: 25


Click Here to View Trip Report"
Great trip report Jan, it would take me a month to do that trip because I saw at least 100 spots in your pictures that I would have to fish.

" I want to know Gods thoughts , The rest are details " Albert Einstein. WWJD
arctic
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09/20/2011 07:15PM
 
I enjoyed your report, Kanoes. I know that route well, and you certainly passed through some fine country!

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” -Edward Abbey
BearWhoSwims
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09/20/2011 07:18PM
 
Nice!
First the heat, then the snow and THE WIND!!!
A big solo for sure.

While some delve deep in mustie books in quest of learning rare, Ye wise folk walk by trees and brooks and gain of wisdom there.
fitgers1
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09/20/2011 07:21PM
 
Great job Jan. What an accomplishment to be proud of. Good read and photos.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
mocha
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09/20/2011 07:29PM
 
exciting trip! looking forward to hearing more...
SunCatcher
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09/20/2011 07:41PM
 
Jan, I read this from front to back and sometime...I want to hear the inbetween stuff! Great Trip, Proud of you,
SunCatcher

"WWJD"
Savage Voyageur
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09/20/2011 07:44PM
 
Thanks Jan, I opened every picture and video. It was just like I was there. You captured it great. I'm thinking trip report winner.

"So many lakes, so little time." WWJD
OBX2Kayak
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09/20/2011 07:56PM
 
Excellent TR. You capture the essence of a solo trip.

"I go because it irons out the wrinkles in my soul" -- Sigurd Olson
nojobro
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09/20/2011 08:07PM
 
Thanks for taking me along on your tropic.


Do you keep your pen and paper handy? Where? I found on my trip last weekend that I wanted to write stuff down right when it happened, but didn't want to sit and do it later. If I had had it handier I may have done just that. I also wanted a watch. I wonder how long it took me to do my hiking.
bapabear
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09/20/2011 08:23PM
 
That trip had a little bit of everything and was an interesting read. I don't envy the wind troubles but would love to try something like that myself someday, God willing. I'm thinking the group of guys you ran into and spent some time with would be a real welcome moment during a long solo trip. Looks like quite a group - Elvis especially. Thanks for sharing your trip, your thoughts and your humor in this report!


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
airmorse
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09/20/2011 09:54PM
 
Had a smile on my face the whole time I read your report. How did you like the Sierra Design tent. I love mine.

To the world you are just another person, but to your dog you are the world.
Pikehunter
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09/20/2011 10:33PM
 
Nice!
I could almost feel the wind while watching those videos.
wawasee
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09/21/2011 06:35AM
 
Wow what a trip! Kanoes I saw one gentleman had a Purdue Jacket on was he from Indiana? I'm glad you didn't dump it in the wind. Great trip report and excellent video!
Kendra
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09/21/2011 08:58AM
 
Jan, can I request there be a "Story Time With Jan" at wingnight? We will set up the chairs and you can be the guest speaker.


This was a great trip report but I find myself wanting to hear more!


I LOL really hard when I read the "Leave my Sh!t alone!" part. I have the first need and could so picture that hose, now sprinkler shooting out.


I am very happy for you being able to accomplish THE trip.
Zulu
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09/21/2011 10:03AM
 
Thanks for the great report and photos kanoes! I liked the video of the windy lake. Congratulations on an enjoyable and safe journey!
kanoes
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09/21/2011 10:14AM
 
thanks for the kind words everyone! it was certainly was one very rewarding adventure.


nola...i dont write as i travel, i just sorta remember it.


curt...love my little solo tent, actually its a big solo tent.


wawasee...tim, rick, and terry are from evansville. bob and bruce are from the twin cities.


paul and kendra...yes, many things didnt make the report. ill share some of the D'OH moments at wing night. damn paul, gunna miss ya.
BWPaddler
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09/21/2011 10:34AM
 
I really enjoyed the video clips with narration - added a great perspective to the report.


If you do story time at wing night - can someone video, pretty please??


Got any observations on what your outfit did well and what you'd change next time? Were you glad you took the chair? HOW DID YOUR FOOD last?


Thanks for sharing Jan - it was really really fun to watch your progress and imagine what you were seeing.

Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. -Thoreau
PineKnot
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09/21/2011 10:42AM
 
Luv it!! Great trip...congrats!!

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are -- Teddy Roosevelt
eglath
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09/21/2011 10:52AM
 
Well done...very impressive!!

cheers,
eglath

Pictures?

Trix
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09/21/2011 11:29AM
 
Awesome Jan! Great photos! Was right there with you during those wind video's. I am sure they don't do justice to what you had to endure. You are one brave soul and I commend you on an adventure of a lifetime.
So looking forward to hearing more at Wingnight!
You the Man!!!!




C-H-A-L-L-E-N-G-E: Do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can do.
Grumpy
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09/21/2011 12:24PM
 
Very well done! On Monday the 12th, I was at my sons football game when the wind hit. All I could think of was you in the Q. Glad you made it back safe.

SEMPER FI
Beemer01
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09/21/2011 12:36PM
 
Nice trip - enjoyed the report and pictures!

"You're not serious about wearing sandals on this portage.... are you?"
snakecharmer
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09/21/2011 12:52PM
 
Nicely done k-man. Welcome back!

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after"
~ Henry David Thoreau

jb in the wild
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09/21/2011 01:49PM
 
Nice job Jan one more adventure this year, Wing Night!


JB

You can't explain the obvious to the ignorant.
nctry
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09/21/2011 02:29PM
 
Had the same snow/sleet thing happen at home. I was thinking of you then. The videos were a good addition to your report. Glad you included a little humor and all. Welcome back and see ya at Wing Night. First thing I thought when you were on the Chat the other night is Am OK!

Nctry
bojibob
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09/21/2011 03:46PM
 
Awesome Jan! You did somewhere north of 150 miles and did around 40 portages. Not a trip for the meek and mild. I'm sure you inspired many to try this route or at least add it to the dream or bucket list.

"One inch on the map ~ is not one inch on the ground"
AndySG
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09/21/2011 04:33PM
 
THE Trip is a very appropriate title. Wow Jan, I am totally impressed. Consider yourself blessed to have been given the opportunity to do this. Thanks to you, I can't wait for my next solo adventure.


Great narrative, pictures and videos in the report. BTW, the beard is a good look for you. Still have it?

"WWJD"
rlhedlund
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09/21/2011 05:21PM
 
Fantastic. Wish I could make it to Wing Night to hear the stories.

Life is Good, Living is Better. Everlasting Life is Best! Pray for Us Amok.
Spartan2
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09/21/2011 07:01PM
 
Enjoyed reading your report, Jan. What an adventure!


But I don't agree that THE Trip is a good title. Because you will have to top it (you don't think so now, perhaps, but I think I know you well enough to predict that you will, in time, have to top it) and then what on earth will you call that one?? LOL!!


Great trip. Glad you are safe from all of that and able to share it with us. And glad that you had so many satisfying moments.


Beautiful photos--it seemed odd to see Curtain Falls with so little water. We have always been there in the spring.
kanoes
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09/21/2011 08:47PM
 
thanks for the comments.


you do know me well lynda, and yes, at sometime im sure ill be looking for a topper to this one. THE BIG trip? :)


right now im looking forward to group soloing with my buds again.
gutmon
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09/21/2011 09:14PM
 
I actually like your sparse writing style. Makes for quick read, captures your emotions well and lets me fill in the blanks with my imagination. I bet you're still thinking about it and running through things in your mind.
kanoes
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09/21/2011 09:32PM
 
quote gutmon: "I actually like your sparse writing style. Makes for quick read, captures your emotions well and lets me fill in the blanks with my imagination. I bet you're still thinking about it and running through things in your mind."
thanks and yes, my head still isnt "home" yet.
dicecupmaker
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09/22/2011 03:16AM
 
Way to go Jan! Can't wait to here the 'rest of the story!'

Joy is a great teacher, but so is dispair. Wonder is a great teacher, but so is confusion. Hope is a great teacher, but so is disillusionment. And life is a great teacher, but so is death. To deny yourself any of those in any aspect is not experiencing life totally.
mooseplums
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09/22/2011 07:12AM
 
Enjoyed the report Jan!
Damn, now I'm gonna have to do it!

"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
ryebread26
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09/22/2011 10:40AM
 
great TR. im planing on doing that route someday!
NorthwoodsHeaven
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09/22/2011 06:45PM
 
Great report. thanks for sharing
TomT
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09/22/2011 08:03PM
 
That's quite the trip. Battling wind is a bear ain't it? I know exactly what you mean when you say "white knuckle". I only had a fraction of the wind problems that you had though. It can get pretty hairy out on big water knowing that if you dump it will be a long ways to shore.


I would also like to know more about your food. Were there any items you could have left home? And how'd that seat treat your butt? Cool video too. Thanks for the report.




"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
kanoes
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09/22/2011 08:20PM
 
the gel seat helped much, i just had to stop once an hour or so to recenter the gel in the seat (per instructions), and the instructions were right on...that must be done.


all other gear worked well. i am glad i took the campstool


food? im off the MH bandwagon now...i had to force myself to eat it. ill be back to the knorrs and additives plan next trip. im going to take cheese next time too and softshells again. clifs builders bars are really good, they will be packed again. packed too many cashews and pistacios. i only had 4 cups of coffee the entire trip but the coffee didnt weigh much.


glad i packed 2 sets of long johns. first set got soaked on the basswood river portages...it was raining and i preferred getting wet from rain to getting wet from sweat.


my big water (waves) paddling skills really improved on this trip...i now know my absolute limitations.


learned much this time around. ill learn more next time too.
ripple
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09/23/2011 04:55PM
 
So many words...
entertained
jealous
impressed
inspired
relieved


So very glad you were able to make a dream come true- so happy you are safely home!!


Ripple in still water....
Corsair
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09/24/2011 11:24PM
 
Great report!

"Pack lightly, Tread lightly"
FB
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09/25/2011 09:30PM
 
Awesome!
bhouse46
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09/27/2011 07:22AM
 
Great report! I cashed out from Kawnipi and came back through Agnes on my attempt at this route. I did the Man chain to the Sag, highly recommended.
You inspire me to make the effort again, and to stick with it. And to take a chair. :-)
kanoes
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09/27/2011 08:10PM
 
quote bhouse46: "Great report! I cashed out from Kawnipi and came back through Agnes on my attempt at this route. I did the Man chain to the Sag, highly recommended.
You inspire me to make the effort again, and to stick with it. And to take a chair. :-)"

try again. it was the most rewarding experience ive ever had canoeing. (btw, id seen the man chain before)
paddlefamily
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09/27/2011 10:27PM
 
Great job! Really liked how you wrote things in a quick, but interesting manner. That wind was something. I don't envy you there.
campnscrap
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09/28/2011 01:00AM
 
DUDE!!! You " 'DA MAN!' " GREAT report!!

THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. - Hunter S. Thompson
mr.barley
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09/28/2011 02:12AM
 
Jan,I read very few trip reports as you know, but I finally got to yours in the wee hours tonight. Good stuff. I'm sure I'll hear more about it in the flesh this weekend.

serenity now
mooseplums
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09/28/2011 07:11AM
 
nice report Jan!!!!

"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
Ho Ho
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09/30/2011 09:22PM
 
Good report. It was fun running into you on the Falls Chain. I was sorry we didn't think to take a picture at the time. We thought about you in the following days of rougher weather, and when we got home and saw via Spot that you were windbound. Smart to play it safe in those conditions!
jamotrade
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10/03/2011 03:27PM
 
Great report! What an adventure!!
serenityseeker
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10/03/2011 05:56PM
 
quote ripple: "So many words...
entertained
jealous
impressed
inspired
relieved



So very glad you were able to make a dream come true- so happy you are safely home!!
"



I'm just going to steal Erin's words. Ditto to everything she said.


Loved the mixed media method for the report. although some names near some of the photos would have been appreciated.
kanoes
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10/03/2011 11:18PM
 
thanks jamo and ss.


ss? sometimes photos should remain anonymous...to peak interest. :)
MOgirl
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10/05/2011 09:13PM
 
Awesome report buddy! Loved the videos and of course the self photo. Congrats on the trip of a lifetime!


~Kristy
JoeWilderness
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10/06/2011 04:17PM
 
quote kanoes: "thanks for the comments.



you do know me well lynda, and yes, at sometime im sure ill be looking for a topper to this one. THE BIG trip? :)



right now im looking forward to group soloing with my buds again.
"




Big? Like circumnavigate Lake Superior????


Awesome trip Jan and I tip my hat to you too!!!!




"You only have one chance at life, so make it an adventure!"
wetcanoedog
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10/07/2011 10:30AM
 
Jan..great report!..i like the way it was done in sort of a "stream of consciousness" style..the mix of photos and video added a lot,heavy winds on that trip!!..

it's just a level trail thru the woods.
mc2mens
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10/07/2011 12:41PM
 
Nicely done Jan! Trip of a lifetime!
intrepidcamper
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10/07/2011 03:23PM
 
Good to read your report kanoes. I only made it to Wet lake portage, then decided there wouldn't be enough water to do McEwen to Louisa and backtracked. Thought about you on the windy days, snowy days and rainy days. Sounds like you had a good trip anyway...and fast!
kanoes
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10/07/2011 11:48PM
 
quote intrepidcamper: "Good to read your report kanoes. I only made it to Wet lake portage, then decided there wouldn't be enough water to do McEwen to Louisa and backtracked. Thought about you on the windy days, snowy days and rainy days. Sounds like you had a good trip anyway...and fast!"
nice to meet you. that was probably a good decision...the water was so low up there.
ducks
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10/08/2011 04:55PM
 
Finally read your report. Great job, I thoroughly enjoyed it and CONGRATULATIONS!

Ride EZ
Boppa
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10/27/2011 09:20AM
 
Extremely enjoyable read. As I am catching up on my reading I knew this would be a good one, and I was right on.


Your pictures were terrific and placed well, but movies too? We may have to start a Director's award with the number of reports that are including that great feature.


Jan, a nicely done report, where I admit, originally thinking that you had limited options to bail if so inclined, for any reason. But, you enjoyed it all and have a great experience to recall, although I hope your next one will have a bit less wind.


Thanks for sharing.
Boppa

"Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a GIFT, that is why it is called the present".
kanoes
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10/30/2011 04:16PM
 
thanks ducks and boppa!


for this loop i would break my vow of never repeating a trip. id love to slow down and spend 18 days on it some time.
kanoes
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06/09/2013 03:36PM
 
i guess ill bump for a new read too. ;-)
Primitiveman
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06/09/2013 08:48PM
 
Thanks for the bump Kanoes. Enjoyed the whole report, every word. Did you fish? Is the big one the border route IF to GM?
Jon
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06/10/2013 01:17AM
 
Yup, this was agreat trip report. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
kanoes
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06/10/2013 10:42PM
 
quote Primitiveman: "Is the big one the border route IF to GM?
Jon"

?
Primitiveman
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06/11/2013 09:46PM
 
International Falls to Grand Marias via the Voyageur route including Grand Portage. I did it in 1975 as a 14 year old in a church group and it changed my life.
Jon
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06/17/2013 09:20PM
 
Very nice report Jan. How many total miles and portages did you do?
kanoes
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06/18/2013 07:46PM
 
quote mcsweem: "Very nice report Jan. How many total miles and portages did you do?"
150 miles and about 40 portages in 12 days. not too bad for a 52 year old. :)
Rambler_Dog
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06/20/2013 12:34PM
 
Very nice report. Thank you.
Papa09
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07/22/2013 03:20PM
 
Still checking daily for this years trip report. Always enjoy reading anything that kanoes writes.
NotLight
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04/30/2016 06:40PM
 
bump.
walleye_hunter
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04/30/2016 09:00PM
 
Paddle on kanoes

"Man's heart away from nature becomes hard." Standing Bear
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