Thanks for sharing your trip and welcome to BWCA.Com. It sounded like a really fun trip and I hope you have many more great trips. I wish I had the time and patience to build a Cedar Strip Canoe (hopefully someday). Good luck finishing yours and safe travels.
Just an excellent trip report. Welcome to the clan. I'm sorry (happy) to report that even moving out of state for a few decades will not cleanse your blood of this particular pathogen. You are incurably infected now. ;-)
Sounds like a great first trip! I was on Wind the week before and we did very well fishing the bays and shorelines for Smallmouth. We caught 110 fish in 3 days! Well worth returning to and conquering that lake. I too have portaged my kayak into Wind and found it to be equally unpleasant. Post pics of your progress on your canoe!