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Portage99
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06/23/2020 05:55PM  
Boo hoo....
 
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jcavenagh
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06/24/2020 02:12PM  
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Me, too...My buddy, Peter, wanted to go this year for the first time in several years. He was working out and everything. Now he is furloughed from work, stuck at home, and not a happy camper.
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Here is a pic of our last group trip to Wab....

 
goatroti
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06/24/2020 05:21PM  
I was just saying it's a tough summer. After going to Wabakimi for at least a week for the last 14 years, this year 'probably' not. Even though I'm Canadian, and there are trips heading up that way that are looking for a paddler, my new knee will not let me go right now. Maybe by early September it will be strong enough, but progress is slow. In the meantime I have this forum, the FOW website and the FOW Facebook page to keep me going, and this...

and this...

and this...

and this...
 
06/24/2020 08:34PM  
Yes, I'll join this support group as well :). I had a plan for a trip into the West side of Wabakimi all laid out with some faint hope that I'd get in there by the end of the summer. Realistically, it's not happenin' this summer. I love the BWCA and I'm glad for the short 1 week trip that I just did.... but it's not the same.....
 
06/24/2020 09:03PM  
Count me in too. This the first time in 14 years after 24 wks of trips in the previous 13 yrs that it is looking like a Canadian trip is not going to happen. And I already have most of the food for this yrs trip.
 
Portage99
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06/24/2020 09:31PM  
Yeah, it is tough stuff. Makes the next time sweeter, I guess. At least she is better off without us. : ) Cary took both of these, I believe.






 
06/25/2020 10:46AM  
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Yep, Even when we worked too late in the day (those late June days...) and had to camp on the portage. Where the hell else can you camp on a portage and not worry about it, 'cause no one else is coming along until it is mapped...
 
goatroti
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06/25/2020 10:52AM  
In 2018 John and Dick and Martin and I cut a portage out of the bottom of Granite Lake then went to explore the next portage at the other end of the next lake. By time we came back four hours later a party of four was coming out of the portage and loading their canoes. We worked on that sucker for four and a half days and thought no one's coming through here. We had probably just finished the end when they were approaching the start. Crazy.
 
Portage99
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06/25/2020 11:13AM  
goatroti: "In 2017 John and Dick and Martin and I cut a portage out of the bottom of Granite Lake then went to explore the next portage at the other end of the next lake. By time we came back four hours later a party of four was coming out of the portage and loading their canoes. We worked on that sucker for four and a half days and thought no one's coming through here. We had probably just finished the end when they were approaching the start. Crazy.
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Lucky bastards! Did they give you a tip? Ha ha
 
goatroti
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06/25/2020 01:46PM  
Portage99: "goatroti: "In 2018 John and Dick and Martin and I cut a portage out of the bottom of Granite Lake then went to explore the next portage at the other end of the next lake. By time we came back four hours later a party of four was coming out of the portage and loading their canoes. We worked on that sucker for four and a half days and thought no one's coming through here. We had probably just finished the end when they were approaching the start. Crazy. "
Lucky bastards! Did they give you a tip? Ha ha"

Strange thing is we got to chatting and they were from Toronto, like me, and they knew two of my neighbors from up the street. Small world.
 
06/25/2020 07:41PM  
Four and a half days to cut a duplicate portage but a least Ken arranged very comfortable accommodations for us that week.
 
Portage99
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06/25/2020 07:50PM  
Looks cozy!

Deerfoot, I just realized who you are in real life! Ha ha
 
jillpine
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06/25/2020 08:41PM  
Was hoping to go for the first time this year. Not going to happen.
It's been nice to be part of FOW; hoping maybe to join a trip for next summer.
In the meantime, paddling stateside, trying to keep a stiff upper lip. :)
~Beth
 
06/27/2020 06:49PM  
Portage99: "Looks cozy!


Deerfoot, I just realized who you are in real life! Ha ha"


Ya Amy it's just me. And all this time I thought you were ignoring me ;)
 
Portage99
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06/27/2020 08:05PM  
deerfoot: "Portage99: "Looks cozy!



Deerfoot, I just realized who you are in real life! Ha ha"



Ya Amy it's just me. And all this time I thought you were ignoring me ;)"


Never! : )
 
06/28/2020 10:22AM  
goatroti: "In 2018 John and Dick and Martin and I cut a portage out of the bottom of Granite Lake then went to explore the next portage at the other end of the next lake. By time we came back four hours later a party of four was coming out of the portage and loading their canoes. We worked on that sucker for four and a half days and thought no one's coming through here. We had probably just finished the end when they were approaching the start. Crazy.
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This was going to be part of my route this summer. I was planning to take my 21-in Corona saw and trimmer just in case. I'd suppose after three years, there might be some parts of that portage and others further west towards Windfall that need some clearing!
 
goatroti
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06/28/2020 12:09PM  
Our crews went from the bottom of Granite to Van Ness, Cache and Onamakawash. The route out of the bottom of Granite going up Ballast Creek was non existent after the first 200m as it was August and the was practically no water flowing into Granite. Lot's of dragging the canoe upstream going that way.
 
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07/01/2020 03:05PM  
 
Portage99
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07/02/2020 06:40AM  
Yeah this is going to be a long haul.

It’s interesting they mention the changes that occurred after 9/11. I remember traveling between Washington state and BC in the early 90s. Many times, they just waved the buses through. Ah, sweet innocence lost...

A vaccine would help. Hopefully, they can eventually can concoct an effective one.
 
07/02/2020 07:37PM  
My son-in-law is a pulmonologist/critical care MD and he tells me the virus is going to be with us for a long time until we have wide spread immunity.
 
Portage99
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09/19/2020 05:33PM  
I'm still homesick.
 
goatroti
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09/19/2020 08:02PM  
 
Portage99
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09/19/2020 08:36PM  
goatroti: " "

oooooooooohhhhh so gorgeous....Too bad I can't teleport.
 
jillpine
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09/21/2020 06:09PM  
I'm homesick and I've never been there. It was going to be a bucket list check off this summer, with my dear son. Well, we had other nice adventures and it will keep us dreaming! Thanks for sharing.
 
02/24/2021 10:56AM  
Any of our Canadian neighbors planning a trip to the park this year (since us 'yanks' won't be getting in any time soon :)? I'd love to hear where folks are going/planning to go. I'd love to get to Wendell Beckwith's cabin on Whitewater someday before it completely disintegrates.
 
dschult2
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02/24/2021 06:10PM  
HighnDry: "Any of our Canadian neighbors planning a trip to the park this year (since us 'yanks' won't be getting in any time soon :)? I'd love to hear where folks are going/planning to go. I'd love to get to Wendell Beckwith's cabin on Whitewater someday before it completely disintegrates."
I'd love to hear them as well. I had trip all mapped out on the crown lands west of Savant lake and all necessary maps ordered from F.O.W last year that I then put off till this year and will now have to put off till next year.
 
Portage99
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03/16/2021 09:59PM  
I'm still homesick.

I did make application as the Queen of the Cedars to enter as an official ambassador. Still waiting to hear.... Justin hasn't responded yet. I am sure he is busy.
 
goatroti
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03/17/2021 08:41AM  
Sorry P99, but after the Meaghen/Harry thing, even Canada is not so high on Queens right now. Maybe Ms. High Grand Imperial Exalted Poobah would be a more acceptable title on your diplomatic request.
 
03/17/2021 08:49AM  
Well, the waiting may be good for the soul but it's tough to wait! I asked Kevin C. during his first presentation if he was going into the west side of Wabakimi this season and he replied that he and Andy have a trip in the planning stage....it was a bittersweet moment -- I've got a trip in via a new entry and it isn't happening this year either! At least somebody gets to go.
 
Portage99
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03/17/2021 09:01AM  
goatroti: "Sorry P99, but after the Meaghen/Harry thing, even Canada is not so high on Queens right now. Maybe Ms. High Grand Imperial Exalted Poobah would be a more acceptable title on your diplomatic request.
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Hmmm...guess I'm back to working on my asylum application.
 
yellowcanoe
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03/21/2021 06:55PM  
Let me entertain you.
Or make you miserable Not my report but I did this years ago
 
04/02/2021 01:22PM  
I've been watching these too. They are well done. The videos are also making me get out my maps and see what kind of route I could do in that area with only 9 or 10 days. Not happening this year, but maybe.....
 
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