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campNgirl
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12/11/2018 10:54AM
Last year, I posted looking for a trip partner. While I sadly ran into a few sketchy folks here on BWCA.com, I had one brave person who decided to give it a go. We chit chatted for a few months and finally she flew from NY all the way to MN to go to the the BW with me and my dog! I was so excited to meet a fellow adventurer and hopefully a new friend.

Well......the trip was phenomenal, it was as if someone were watching over us. Near/possible disasters? They all missed us. While my newly met canoe partner and I didn't end up meshing as well as I had hoped, I give her kudos for giving it a shot. Looking back at the whole thing, I wouldn't trade the experience.

As for my trip partner from NY? Frankly, she showed the true adventurer spirit that I wish on all of us. Just wanted to share and encourage others to be brave and adventurous.
 
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Cretbo
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12/11/2018 11:23AM
what lake is that? the pic is really nice ... is that from your camp?
Savage Voyageur
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12/11/2018 01:46PM
A few Sketchy folks here?
12/11/2018 02:49PM
Savage Voyageur: "A few Sketchy folks here? "

Hahahahahahaha

She must have gone to a Rockford wingnight
campNgirl
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12/11/2018 03:45PM
I believe that should be more of a bluhauaua (evil laugh)
campNgirl
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12/11/2018 03:46PM
One of the most amazing camp sites ever. I did a review of it. It's on Lac LaCroix at Fish Stakes Narrows. Had an amazing sandy landing with natural steps up about five feet to an amazing flat camp area with soft city-like ground (vs rock) grass, flowers, great views and that was just one side of peninsula. Other side was smooth rocks down to the water. 5 star site by far!
Jackfish
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12/11/2018 04:02PM
Congratulations campNgirl... and thank you for posting this. I think it's great when virtual strangers get together to share the experiences of a canoe trip with someone they've never met. Kind of scary, but kind of fun, too.

I've been fortunate over the many years to go with friends and/or family every trip I've taken so I haven't had to look for someone. And being a guy, I can't imagine doing that as a female. I can hear your family now... "You met this person ON THE INTERNET???" "You're going with this person INTO THE WILDERNESS???" "What if they're a serial killer???"

There have been dozens and dozens of people from this bulletinboard who have connected and had great times on their trips. In some cases, they never met each other until they got to the rendezvous point. I'd venture to guess that in many cases, these folks have become lifelong friends. Canoeing folks are pretty good folks.

Thanks for being part of this community. Hope to see you at a gathering sometime in the future.
campNgirl
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12/11/2018 08:12PM
Rock on Jackfish! I'm completely with you. Bummed this didn't turn out to be a lifetime friendship but glad we shared the adventure. I w
would do it again, fun to meet new peeps. What did my family think? My Mom passed a few years ago. When she was alive I did a few solo trips, she did NOT like that. Not sure if she would like this one more or less but I think she was responsible for all the good luck and amazing adventure we had.
Northwoodsman
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12/11/2018 08:54PM
Congratulations, I would classify it as successful. It's hard enough trying to find a good paddling partner even with people that you know well, including friends and family, I can't imagine choosing a complete stranger. I have been very lucky in selecting paddling partners. I have one brother who is a great tripping partner. This past fall I went with three other guys; one was my cousin and one was a friend of 35 years, these two guys were close friends in high school but haven't talked to each other in 25 years. The other paddler was my neighbor and a friend for the past 15 years; he had never met the other two. I didn't know what to expect and was a little hesitant early on in the planning process. You couldn't have found a more compatible group. This is a group that I would trip with every year.
OregonDave
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12/11/2018 09:56PM
Savage Voyageur: "A few Sketchy folks here? "

Mostly in the Politics and BWCA section; though it's improved in recent weeks.
bwcasolo
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12/12/2018 06:30AM

i met eric from st. louis here as well. we went to knife lake together in our solo boats and had a great week. i have some trips next year with new members here, looking forward to it. have not been disappointed yet.
campNgirl
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12/12/2018 07:10AM
OregonDave: "Savage Voyageur: "A few Sketchy folks here? "
Mostly in the Politics and BWCA section; though it's improved in recent weeks."

Perhaps I should clarify the sketchy folks comment. I had a total of five or six people respond to my search for a trip partner, most of them were men. The comment I received more than any were what were my real intentions and am I really looking for a trip partner or more? Also that they would be interested in a trip partner, but not me because I'm female.

My immediate thought? If you're not interested in me because of my gender, then why on Earth are you responding in the first place? Also, the men that thought I was looking for more than a trip partner? Come on, I'm a responsible adult and BWCA.com isn't a dating site. Granted, probably would find better folks on this site than dating sites. lol

Then I found a gentleman who I thought I found a good friend in who ended up being a bit of an odd duck. Glad I found that one out before meeting up.

Anywho, that's explains sketchy folks.
WhiteWolf
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12/12/2018 07:20AM
You seem like "Kruger Challenge" material. You might want to contact BeaV or me for next year's challenge. We are always looking for newbies to this challenge, for how many can say they CANOE from I-Falls to Lake Superior in less than 120 hrs???
12/12/2018 08:21AM
Another kudos for this post and campNgirl. I recall the original post asking for a partner and found a respect for the courage. Doubled down with this post. And by courage I mean the willingness to state what she wants up front, to be honest. To use a public forum, I can think of few that are more safe than this one. And I will not go into Facebook, no courage there... I admire campNgirl's kind of courage.

I have met and tripped with lots of folks from this forum. The meet ups at Wing Nights and upcoming Copia are great places to connect and reconnect. Looking forward to March. :-)
missmolly
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12/12/2018 10:19AM
Years ago, I paddled up north with a gal I met on this site. We're still pals and she's coming to visit this summer. I'll take her to one of the local lakes, where we'll be the only ones, which is FUN!
campNgirl
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12/12/2018 10:44AM
Gosh thanks bhouse46. My intentions are to encourage others and here I'm getting kudos? Thanks for the smile. Happy paddling! Already planning for softer water. :)
HayRiverDrifter
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12/12/2018 05:16PM
Do we need some acronyms on our site?

SCF - Single Canoeing Female
SCM - Single Canoeing Male
SCFNLFPP - Single Canoeing Female Not Looking For Permanent Partner

SCF seeking SCF for base camping trip to Moose lake, ...
Probably not :-)

I have done two trips with others on this board that I have never met. One was 4 guys all who had never met. I have tripped two times since with one of the guys.

Last year, I joined a group of three guys looking for a forth and it was a great trip. I have stayed in contact with two of the guys discussing equipment that we each had, ... It's a great way to see how others trip and gather ideas. May do a trip again this year.

It's been nice to meet others and I now have a growing group of people I can call if I want others to go with. After buying a solo boat, I much prefer to paddle solo. It eliminates a number of issues if you are in your own boat with your own gear.

You are very courageous to reach out. I have had a couple of gals interested in going, so I will keep you in mind if I have a lady who wants to trip and we need a second SCF :-)
deerfoot
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12/12/2018 09:15PM
Great topic and a great post by Jackfish. I have paddled with a number of new people over the past 12 years and mostly enjoyed them even the Canadians.
campNgirl
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12/12/2018 10:01PM
Ha... enjoyed the acronyms. Great sense of humor.

I must admit I would love to meet new people and try complete strangers again someday. I've met lots of amazing people up there generally on my solo trips. My spring trip this year, I'm taking a group of people who have never gone before, but have always wanted to go. It's quite a motley crew and should be fun.

I had a permanent canoe partner for 15 years, but then he was downsized. Okay, he was a jerk so I had to let him go. I also must admit when the guys on this site made comments about not wanting to go with a female, it made me laugh.

Background info, I'm a firefighter and am used to working and depending on men without throwing my sexy self at them so the comment was quite entertaining to me.

Here's to new adventures and canoe partners. Oh... and total strangers.

SCFNLFPP
Grandma L
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12/13/2018 11:05AM
WhiteWolf: "You seem like "Kruger Challenge" material. You might want to contact BeaV or me for next year's challenge. We are always looking for newbies to this challenge, for how many can say they CANOE from I-Falls to Lake Superior in less than 120 hrs??? "
campNgirl-you might consider this Challenge option, either as a solo paddler or linking up with other women who are forming a team. Contact me if you are interested - I do the coordinating for this event and I am very interested in women participating.
LindenTree
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12/13/2018 06:25PM
campNgirl, still loving the pics of your beautiful dog. I also paddle with my best friend, Elsa, she is 14 but still has one or two paddles left in her.

I didn't know you were a firefighter. Curious, are you a structural firefighter? I was on a volunteer dept and recently retired after 30 years as a full time wildland firefighter. (I still do wildfires on an emergency basis, just not 40+ hours a week). I always liked women on my crews, they kept the guys in check and those women were/are tough as nails.

I am pretty much a solo paddler, but I gave some thought to respoding to your post last year. Keep me in mind if you want a paddling partner for a day or two in the future. Despite what some who know me on this board may say, I'm (mostly) not sketchy :-) and am happily married, so not looking for a SCF.

If nothing else, give me a shout next time you are coming through Duluth. I'll buy you a drink, always fun to chew the fat with firefighters.

Pic of Elsa on one of my solo trips, sporting her missing eye.

nooneuno
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12/13/2018 07:56PM
There are a few sketchy characters around here, and the rest are just plain nuts.....
LindenTree
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12/14/2018 09:35AM
nooneuno: "There are a few sketchy characters around here, and the rest are just plain nuts....."
Kinda like a woman's chance of finding a boyfriend in Alaska. The odds are good, but the goods are odd. ;-)
QueticoMike
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12/14/2018 10:01AM
OregonDave: "Savage Voyageur: "A few Sketchy folks here? "
Mostly in the Politics and BWCA section; though it's improved in recent weeks."

I still haven't seen the Politics section, but then again, I'm not looking for it either. :)
blutofish1
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12/15/2018 12:18PM
maxxbhp: "Savage Voyageur: "A few Sketchy folks here? "


Hahahahahahaha


She must have gone to a Rockford wingnight"

Bill, you know we are all polite and upstanding citizens. We just get carried away sometimes.
12/15/2018 11:06PM
I loved my solo trips, but I found it pretty rewarding to go paddling with some sketchy people from this site. Although I’ve never got to paddle with moose plums... probably the most talented at sketching. Does beautiful work! Haha!
Glad you found a good paddlin partner even if for a trip. Keep on going, for some of us it ends way to soon.
Some of my favorite paddling friends have been female. It’s hard to get people excited about a trip many times. But the gals that do go are a lot of fun and don’t quit on ya. I’m sure many a boat and many float planes landed at that campsite in the day... I’ll bet it was a popular spot before they banned boats and stuff there.
 
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