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tomo
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08/28/2020 11:53AM  
Got back on Monday from a 3 night solo (East Bearsking, Alder, Canoe, Pine, Little Caribou, day trip to Gogebic, Caribou, Deer, Moon).

Had one bad night sleep due to worry about bears, which was basically all in my head. My campsite had a strange odor--as though fish guts were buried nearby or there was a decomposing animal nearby. I walked around a bunch trying to pinpoint where the smell was coming from, but I never did find out. This made me worry that a bear was going to pay a visit in the night, and my sleep was fitful. Nighttime in the tent is not my favorite part of soloing.

Got super dehydrated one day. It was humid but overcast, and I failed to drink enough water. Felt like doo doo the better part of an afternoon until my re-hydrating efforts kicked in.

My solo paddle stroke is loud! Lots of J-stroke correction at the tail end.

Mice were out in force. My barrel had mouse turds on top, and in the middle of cooking dinner one evening a mouse was weaving in and out of the fireplace rocks.

Two out of three days when breaking down camp, I was approached by groups and asked if I was leaving. Site was claimed before I even left.

Lots of sap. On hands from tarp, on crazy creek from sitting on ground, etc.

Sitting under CSS tarp as rain pattered down was wonderful.

I want to try hammock camping, which seems like a soloist dream.

Winds from the East or no wind at all, which was the opposite of my other trips this summer.

Sailboat putting in on East Bearskin as I departed. Appeared to be a cabin owner. Something I've not seen before.

Trail Center burger as good as ever.

It's been a pretty good BWCA summer for me, albeit short trips: May: 3 night trip with my son. June: 3 night solo. July: 3 night trip with my brother. August: 3 night solo.



 
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MidwestFirecraft
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08/28/2020 12:43PM  
Your profile doesn't mention where you live. How far a drive is it for you? I have done 3 day trips before, and when planned as that I enjoyed them. Twice I have had to cut a trip from 5 to 2 days and it wasn't worth the 4.5 hour drive. Been planning 7 day trips the last couple of years and I don't think I will go back. I understand not everyone can do that, and 3 days is better than nothing.
 
tomo
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08/28/2020 02:39PM  
I live in Duluth so the logistics are relatively easy. I'd much prefer longer trips, but am taking what I can get this summer.
 
MidwestFirecraft
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08/28/2020 03:35PM  
If i lived in Duluth I would be all over the 3 day trips. Very fortunate!
 
08/28/2020 06:27PM  
I've done the dehydration thing before and it can really sap your strength. I do a lot better since I got a water filter bottle and keep it handy to drink while walking portages.
 
straighthairedcurly
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08/28/2020 10:16PM  
I love those lakes and almost did my solo there this summer. But it sounds like that area has been particularly busy this summer. Sounds like a wonderful little getaway. I am hoping for one more weekend. I NEED it with the shift in my job duties this school year.
 
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