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WhiteWolf
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12/26/2019 02:18PM
How many times ( tripped ((total trips)) being-- camped out)) have you been to the BWCA/Q? How many people have you camped (tripped with) in all these years?
I have an exhaustive list that I'am working on that still needs a little proof before final - but for now- ( I don't seeing it changing by more than +-2.)

Times tripped to the BWCAW/Q = 56 ( + or - 2) I have each logged, might be missing a few.
Souls tripped with = 33. (pretty solid on this)
My trips started in Aug of 1993.

How about you?

 
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bobbernumber3
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12/26/2019 02:37PM
36 trips Q and bwca.
26 different guys including my wife and daughter.
 
AmarilloJim
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12/26/2019 02:42PM
Probably about 50 trips. Been going since 77'.
Have gone with 45 different people, most have been scouts in the last 5 years.
 
WhiteWolf
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12/26/2019 02:44PM
bobbernumber3: "39 trips including WCPP, Wabakimi and Isle Royale.
26 different guys including my wife and daughter."


Would like to keep to it too just BWCAW/Q- but I understand the calling and urge. Personally could add at least half dozen outside BWCAW/Q in Canada but whatever- let's hear IT!!
 
TreeBear
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12/26/2019 02:50PM
I only first made it to the BWCA in 2003. 23 trips with 61 people since then (guiding really helped the numbers.)
 
VaderStrom
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12/26/2019 03:27PM
The Superior Hiking Trail is really where I spend most of my tripping time solo as it's so much closer and easier to coordinate or bike between start and finishing points.

I took one trip to the BWCA as a kid and many more since graduating college in 2010.

17 trips to BWCA (2 more planned in 2020 so far)
16 entry points used
27 different people on trips
17 first timers to the BWCA (3 more in May up to 5 more in June 2020)


 
straighthairedcurly
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12/26/2019 04:43PM
started in 1979 as a camper
guided from 1986-1989
variety of misc. friends and family trips through the years

Totals: more than 2 dozen trips, over 100 different people, more than half were first timers...nothing like being a guide to end up with high totals. Some of my favorite trips were leading first time adults during fall trips.

My only regret is taking so many years off from the BWCA. From 1992-1998, I focused on whitewater kayaking and canoeing which was awesome, but then I didn't do any BWCA trips again until my son was 12. Wish we had done more when he was younger so we could have had more years of traveling with him.
 
12/26/2019 06:12PM
Spartan1 started in 1967 when he was a camp counselor at Camp Easton. My first trip was in 1971 when we did the Namakan River loop together.

32 canoe trips, that includes two in Algonquin PP, and one in Temagami, the rest mainly BWCA, but a couple in Quetico. For the most part just us, a tandem couple.

Haven't introduced anyone except our daughter for a short trip to Algonquin when she was 8, and both of our children (teenagers) on one trip in 1988. One trip with three other people, but they were all BWCA veterans already. And one trip with HoHo and David, who were far, far more experienced.

We live in central Michigan, so we didn't have the luxury of taking off for a weekend trip or making several trips in one year. Our longest trip was 22 days in the BWCA and I really wish we could have done more like that.

We have been introducing our granddaughter to the canoe country since she was four years old (she is 16 now), but we don't take her on a wilderness canoe trip. It is just a cabin week with day trips. I hope that someday she will take a trip with HER family!
 
lindylair
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12/26/2019 08:23PM
First trip in 1972. Never actually sat down and figured it out but I know I am around or over 40 trips, with perhaps 60 or so people. About half of those 60 would be newbies that I brought up. All loved it, most returned, many with me.

I did take a quick look at entry points and it appears that I have around 27 entry points under my belt, so definitely a few yet to explore. Many of those include multiple trips like Moose(several), Baker(3 or 4), Lake One(3 or 4), Crocodile(2), John Lake(3 or 4), Lizz Lake(several), Homer(2), North Fowl(3 or 4).

Back in the day half a dozen or so of the trips were to the Q. Two of the BWCA trips were in January. Far as I know I am not even close to done yet.
 
Sandman2009
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12/26/2019 09:08PM
11 Trips
First trip in 2009
24 people tripped with, including myself (solo)
Brought my daughter twice, wife once, brother, brother-in-laws, father, friends, etc.
Introduced myself to BWCA on my first trip with BIL (also 1st trip)

Hoping to introduce my son and mother on another couple trips this year after taking last year off to recover from L4-L5 spinal fusion.

 
andym
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12/26/2019 10:04PM
Only 9 trips starting in 2001. Lost a bunch of years to lymphoma but did have some cabin only years during that span. Two people showed us the way, we've introduced 18 people to the BW, and 4 of those have returned for a second trip.
 
mutz
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12/26/2019 10:15PM
About 25 BW trips, two of us on every trip, two others on most of the trips. Probably six or seven who went on one or two trips. We have done more trips to Canada fo fly in or boat in trips because it’s about 1/3 as far. I will never come close to the numbers some on here have gone on, although I’m sure if I lived eight or nine hours closer it would be different.
 
12/26/2019 10:36PM
22 BWCA Trips
17 different entry points
8 people. 1st trip was a group of 4. 2 tandem trips with friends. 5 tandem trips w my wife. 5 tandem trips w big duckling who is 14. 4 tandem trips with little duckling who is 12. Each of them did their 1st trip at age 5. And 5 solo trips.
I’m looking forward to baby Bruin’s 1st trip.

My 1st trip was in 1993 but very sadly my 2nd trip wasn’t until 2008
 
preacherdave
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12/27/2019 08:34AM
11 trips - 3 to Quetico, 8 to BWCA
8 entry points
12 different people
1 regular buddy who has been on all of the trips
 
12/27/2019 09:32AM
I hope to one day have trip numbers like the previous posters here.

Only 4 trips to my name,but first trip wasn't until I was 56, tripped with either 1 or 2 of my pre-teen or early teen kids each time. All 4 trips have been in the last 5 years, and it's a pretty good effort on our part, a 1,000 mile drive one-way to the end of the Gunflint.

The best trip will always be the next one, and I think I've got the kids hooked long term. They want to take friends next year. So, I hope in my own little way, I've spawned a small growth of northern Ohio trip takers.

 
bloody stump
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12/27/2019 09:43AM
My first trip was Aug 1993.. for some reason my parents let me go (i was 16, the others were 18-20...) Boy did we learn alot on that first trip.

30 trips to date, all BWCAW. 26 of those are with you White Wolf....19 (going on 20 this year) with our typical May crew...

 
jillpine
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12/27/2019 10:00AM
lindylair: "First trip in 1972. Never actually sat down and figured it out but I know I am around or over 40 trips, with perhaps 60 or so people. About half of those 60 would be newbies that I brought up. All loved it, most returned, many with me.


I did take a quick look at entry points and it appears that I have around 27 entry points under my belt, so definitely a few yet to explore. Many of those include multiple trips like Moose(several), Baker(3 or 4), Lake One(3 or 4), Crocodile(2), John Lake(3 or 4), Lizz Lake(several), Homer(2), North Fowl(3 or 4).


Back in the day half a dozen or so of the trips were to the Q. Two of the BWCA trips were in January. Far as I know I am not even close to done yet."


+1; Same as lindylair, except a decade later. Haven't kept track of each trip but wished I would have done so. About 1/6 the number of people as LL, and about the same on EP's. Same hope that I'm not even close to done. :)
 
lundojam
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12/27/2019 10:26AM
Took my fist trip in 1978. Didn't go throughout the 80's and 90's; started again in '98. Counted once, looking at the big map, and came up with 30 trips. . I think it's more, though, because it seems we counted one other time and it was higher. Quick tally-mark accounting of those trips yields 40 trip-mates. Good thread. Wish I had a kept journals.
 
cyclones30
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12/27/2019 11:58AM
First trip in 2001 or so while in middle school. 7 total trips now, about 30 other people. I've led 5 of the trips, taken about 10 others and all have been back or want to go back from those.
 
airmorse
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12/27/2019 02:10PM
I started in 1993.

I was at a family reunion in July of 1993 when an uncle of mine told us nephews about the BWCA. That August was our first trip. Went thru Zups. (Have no idea why). Stayed on LLC and camped on Fish Stake narrows. I loved that sight. We had no idea what we were doing that year. As the years went by we gathered knowledge, bought our own equipment, reserved our own permits, and got more adventurous.

That first year it was two uncles, two of my cousins, and myself. The group pretty much stayed intact for the most part. There have been 6 or so people we introduced to the BW.

I've gone every year since then except for one or two years due to family stuff.

Sadly do to age, family, and health issues I am the last of the original that still travels north to enjoy and explore the BW.

This year i have a solo planned for early June. Then hopefully a group trip in August with a friend and his son(s).

Get out there and enjoy, time waits for no one and before you know it...
 
MikeinMpls
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12/27/2019 04:06PM
Approximately 40 trips. Total of 13 different partners. I thought it would be more than that, but half have been with my wife. I've also done numerous solo trips, which adds to the trips, but not the personnel. I haven't done a trip with anyone but my wife (or solo) since the mid-90s.

I took my first trip in 1978 with a 4-H group. I did two trips in high school with some high school classmates, both led by Cliff Jacobson. I didn't count those groups in my tally above.

Mike
 
cmanimal
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12/27/2019 04:58PM
Interesting reflection. It took a bit to think through the numbers.
16 trips with ~45 different individuals.
Half have been with Scouts so that boosts the number of individuals that I've gone with. All of the scout trips have been in Jan/Feb, and half of those while I was a Scout.
it wasn't until the 7th trip that I actually put a paddle in the water. All of the paddling trips have been with family (up to 3 generations) over the MEA weekend in October when the kids have a few extra days off.
 
Pilgrimpaddler
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12/27/2019 08:41PM
I think 14, possibly 15 trips, all to the BWCA, and 14 trip mates. Of those, I think perhaps 6 were first - timers. Two of those first-timers were my two sons and I’m hopeful they’ll be going with me for years to come. I started late, in my early 40s just about 20 years ago.
 
Captn Tony
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12/28/2019 06:33AM
25 trips and 40 people. I could be off on the numbers by one or two.
Every trip was a good experience, and I never had any real issues with the new news that went with me.
My first trip was 25 years ago.
 
12/28/2019 11:11AM
First trip 1969, approximately 100 trips give or take a few. I have introduced roughly 20 people .
 
Canoearoo
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12/28/2019 03:50PM
Wow I don't track as well as some of you. I'm well over 60 by now (Before kids hubby and I did multiple trips every spring summer and fall). I have also done a few winter trips (4 or 5). I lost count of people as well. I have lots of trips to go though, so maybe I should figure it out sometime.
 
mrballast
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12/29/2019 12:50AM
9 total trips so far, since my first in 2012?
5 newbies I can take credit for...a few more I shared the first experiance with but they weren't my guests so to speak.

As much as I enjoy making the connection for others...I am entering a phase where I will be focusing more on quality trips for the faithful who support my love of the BW, paddling and fishing. After you have been introduced, either you love it...or the novelty wears off quick. Good trip planning can help strike a balance. If done right, it adds capacity to what you can do. I hope I can find time for a solo some day...but there are a couple people that are my reasons for keeping tandem canoes.
 
Stumpy
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12/29/2019 01:19AM
You got me digging through my archives.

Total trips BWCA/Quetico = 87
Total different persons tripped with =142
People I introduced to it = 104

But, if you count day trips (non camping), all numbers are in the hundreds.
 
blutofish1
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12/29/2019 09:36AM
First trip 1987. I'm guessing about 30 trips. For several years we did a spring and fall trip. We haven't been for 4 years. Planning one for 2022 as we have already made plans for 2020. I've taken 12 to 15 friends and family on trips including my dad for 3 days to U.S. point when he was 70 years old. Can't wait to get back.
 
voyager
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12/29/2019 10:31AM
First trip was in 1968 with my girlfriend, her sister and hubby. We were outfitted through Don Belland. I introduced my brother, and first wife, and my current wife. I have no idea how many trips, LOTS! Went 5 times in 1 year, 1 of those was Feb. I live in N, Mich. 750 miles from Ely. Wish it were closer. Lots of solos, and trips with the wife. Introduced 1 other couple, but it cramped our style.
 
Grandma L
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12/29/2019 05:58PM
Wow, you are really going to make this old lady think pretty hard.
Started in 1962 as a kid at summer Camp and been going ever since. I will have to stop and count.
 
GraniteCliffs
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12/29/2019 11:00PM
I am with GrandmaL and having to count. I started in the BW when my family went in 1955 or 1956. I was scared to death of bears and rain. That is my only real memory of that trip.
By the end of 7th grade we were allowed to boat camp in the BW by ourselves, although we grew up only a truck portage away.
By college I was a regular and have not stopped since. The last 3-4 decades I have gone an average of four times a year. I guess I have gone a lot. And am still hard at it. A great source of marital discord!!
 
12/30/2019 08:59AM
Started going to Quetico in 1979 and have gone on an early summer or fall trip into Quetico every year since.

Happy to say I have introduced 19 people to the Q.

Planning on retiring in 2020 and will definitely take at least 2 or more annual trips into Quetico for as long as I can.

Getting left knee replacement surgery on Feb 6th and right knee replacement surgery March 19th. Orthopaedic Surgeon in Chicago that performs minimal invasive surgery doesn’t take Medicare so I am pulling the trigger on 2 new knees. Making regular visits to the gym to get in better shape and get legs stronger for Tripping. Planning a 15 day Quetico trip June 22 - July 6. Can’t wait.
 
blutofish1
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12/31/2019 07:19AM
voyager: "First trip was in 1968 with my girlfriend, her sister and hubby. We were outfitted through Don Belland. I introduced my brother, and first wife, and my current wife. I have no idea how many trips, LOTS! Went 5 times in 1 year, 1 of those was Feb. I live in N, Mich. 750 miles from Ely. Wish it were closer. Lots of solos, and trips with the wife. Introduced 1 other couple, but it cramped our style."
 
headwind
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01/05/2020 02:57AM
9-10 trips
3 of them solo

tripped with 12 total
introduced 7 if introducing myself counts :)

do I get any bonus points for introducing young people?

i've introduced 9 to the bwca if I can take credit for some people on a group trip


 
x2jmorris
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01/05/2020 07:53AM
I'm over 100 trips.

Been with 20 different people throughout these trips

Introduced 9 of them to their first time.
 
JimmyJustice
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01/05/2020 10:03AM
The number of trips to BWCA is probably similar to WW's. I started tripping in 1994 after being asked by a friiend to join an excursion. Other than one year, I have gone at least once every year since then and sometimes 2. So I will say 35-40 times.

Probably have introduced 15 to the bdub. Mostly scouts.
 
eagle98mn
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01/06/2020 11:02AM
First trip was 2013.

11 trips total
17 individuals

I will add at least 2 more individuals to my list this coming year, including my 7 year old son on his first trip! :)
 
mcsweem
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01/06/2020 11:10AM
I started going in 1984 fell in love right away, I would guess 75-100 trips. couple of dozen different trip mates. now I go with the same 5-10 guys. don't even know how many different entry points I sure count some day LOL
 
ckelley
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01/07/2020 12:18AM
First trip was 1998 with 4 others.
Second trip was in August with 3 guys that have never been to the BWCA.

My goal for 2020 is to double my number of trips!
 
dicecupmaker
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01/07/2020 05:58AM
Taken 25 + trips. Have taken 7 newbies on trips. Have taken all of my nephews on trips. My boyz would take a few different friends back in their HS days. Taking my girlfriends son this year. This will be his first trip at 27 yrs. of age to the BWCA. Looking forward to it! Planning another solo this year!
 
Abbey
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01/07/2020 11:58PM
First trip in 2011 after we moved to MN. Have done eight trips with seven newbies and six tripping partners, all family so far. I count myself as a newbie since I planned/organized the first trip. Had to teach myself that canoe trips don’t need to be ultralight like backpacking.
 
dogwoodgirl
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01/08/2020 02:02AM
40+...not 100% sure. Started as a camper at VL in 1972, took a long break from 1979-1992, then took my kids and partner, 3 of our friends, my god daughter and her son, and a small assortment of other folks in the past 5 years. I think I have introduced about 20-25 others to the joys of canoe camping, most in the BWCA, a few only to Sylvania.
 
srust58
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01/08/2020 02:38AM
20 trips starting in 1978. Only had three partners. First two trips with a girlfriend. Next two with my wife and she decided that was enough for her so she set me up with a girlfriend of hers and we have done 16 trips together with my wife's blessing because that means she doesn't have to go. This last summer I did a lake Superior sailing trip with my niece's friend as my wife couldn't go and now she wants to try the BWCA this coming summer so I have a newbie to introduce. All my partners have been women and I have found I prefer them as traveling partners.
 
MidwestMan
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01/08/2020 12:15PM
This is a cool thread. Lots of experience by many members - very admirable. I am at 8 BWCA trips and 1 Quetico trip.
 
bottomtothetap
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01/13/2020 02:46AM
27 trips so far and not counting myself I've traveled with 94 people total, 68 DIFFERENT people, and for 57 of those people, introduced them to the BWCA on their first-ever trip. I've gone in at 18 different entry points.
 
woodsandwater
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01/13/2020 03:28PM
Over 50 trips, lost count. Introduced around 100 people to paddling over 28 years or so.
 
nakor
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01/13/2020 08:40PM
12 trips since 2007. I have introduced a grand total of 2 people. 9 trip with the same guy. One trip with someone I won't ever invite again. 2 solos. I have had several people interested until they find out what is involved....
I'm perfectly happy with Mike who has hone on 9 trips with me. Trip # 13 is going to be Aug 1 through Aug 14 2020.
 
Savage Voyageur
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01/13/2020 08:51PM
I’m amazed at how many people kept tract of the numbers of trips, and people. The years have blended into each other. I could only make a guess at this point because I never wrote it down. I guess I should have kept some kind of a log or diary of trips. Two to three trips a year from 1980 to 2005, then one trip a year. Trip members are between 3-8 people, averaging 4 per trip.
 
RTurner
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01/13/2020 09:17PM
You folks are a sociable bunch. Most of you have tripped with more people than I know.
 
mooseplums
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01/13/2020 10:40PM
80+ trips since 1985
Not sure how many I've introduced for sure but probably more than a dozen.
 
Tony
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01/13/2020 10:41PM
I lost count a long time ago I would guesstimate well north of 50 trips and 30 to 40 tripping partners. Last year alone I did five trips and 14 different tripping partners.

Tony
 
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01/14/2020 09:19AM
Savage Voyageur: "I’m amazed at how many people kept tract of the numbers of trips, and people. The years have blended into each other. I could only make a guess at this point because I never wrote it down. I guess I should have kept some kind of a log or diary of trips. Two to three trips a year from 1980 to 2005, then one trip a year. Trip members are between 3-8 people, averaging 4 per trip. "

I've never written it down either but when asked, it's not hard for me to think back on the number of trips, people, newbies and entry points--I'm kind geeky that way! :-). One tends to remember the things they enjoy and I do like introducing new people to the BWCA. Will introduce another newbie this summer. He is all fired up to go!
 
GopherAdventure
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01/14/2020 09:32AM
I got a later start on BW trips because my family always drove up to Canada for trips as a kid. Now, my old man regrets all of those Canadian trips wishing we would have just gone to the BW all of those years in the 80’s and 90’s. My first trip to the BW was in 2008 and it changed my life. Since then, I’ve logged about 21 overnight trips with about 12 different people, and I’ve bought a seasonal cabin on the edge of the BWCA. I do an annual trip with my dad and one or two of my kids so I’ve done more trips with my dad than anyone else. I’ve introduced 4 people to the BW for the first time. I haven’t tripped with anyone that I wouldn’t bring with on another trip, but there’s probably some people out there that would rather not trip with me again. Lol. I’ve gone in at 10 different Entry Points, my highest number of trips is out of Moose River North (5). The longest trip I’ve ever done was a solo last summer when I covered 65 miles in 4 days (25 miles on the first day).

Tony
 
A1t2o
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01/14/2020 12:31PM
6 trips since 2014. I have gone with 7 people, one is my buddy who introduced me to the boundary waters and has gone with on every trip. I introduced one person and am trying to get my brothers to consider going as well. Maybe this year I can up that to 2 or 3 people introduced.
 
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