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Grandma L
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07/25/2022 02:33PM  
I receive occasional notices from John of his position. For those of you who are following his all spring-summer-fall adventure, I will post his locations so you can stop by and wave or say hello.
On 7-22-22 - John messaged that he in on hatchet Lake-campsite 1907 - south side middle of the lake. Hatchet is just south of Ima.
 
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Lawnchair107
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07/25/2022 04:54PM  
Grandma L: "I receive occasional notices from John of his position. For those of you who are following his all spring-summer-fall adventure, I will post his locations so you can stop by and wave or say hello.
On 7-22-22 - John messaged that he in on hatchet Lake-campsite 1907 - south side middle of the lake. Hatchet is just south of Ima. "


He’s at a beautiful campsite there on Hatchet. Very nice. I’d say East of Ima, but to each their own.
 
Grandma L
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07/25/2022 07:28PM  
John is on the move - 7/25/22. He is on Wisini - site # 1470 on the west side of the north fingerling. Just north east of the 10 rod portage to Strup lake.
 
Grandma L
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07/25/2022 07:33PM  
Lawnchair 107 - thanks for the direction correction - But, I got you to look and comment.
 
missmolly
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07/25/2022 07:56PM  
I'm just proud of John and happy for him.
 
Savage Voyageur
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07/25/2022 08:06PM  
Hi Grandama, is he using a InReach unit to communicate and give you a position? Thanks for giving us an update.
 
Grandma L
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08/01/2022 08:52PM  
He is using a Zoleo - I only get map coordinates - I am sure it can be setup for more but once he is in the BWCA he can"t change it. I much prefer tracking paddlers with SPOT or InReach. the MN Border Route Challenge is all SPOT or InReach. I have 17 to 30 paddlers there to track - depending on the event.
 
08/01/2022 09:39PM  
Grandma L: "John is on the move - 7/25/22. He is on Wisini - site # 1470 on the west side of the north fingerling. Just north east of the 10 rod portage to Strup lake. "

Thanks for the update, Grandma L...he's certainly seeing some beautiful country!
 
Grandma L
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08/06/2022 05:02PM  
John checked in today - He is currently on Kekekabic - the site on the north West end in a small bay.
 
Mocha
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08/06/2022 08:20PM  
When does he come out?
 
Mocha
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08/06/2022 08:20PM  
When does he come out?
 
BonzSF
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08/07/2022 01:16AM  
He was planning being on Crooked in three weeks
 
missmolly
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08/07/2022 08:14AM  
 
missmolly
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08/07/2022 09:38AM  
If you clicked on the just prior link, you know the tune:

Every mornin' at his site you'd see him rise
Coffee in his hand and a gleam in his eye
He's stand on the shore
And study the lake
But the man didn't dawdle
There were miles to make.

(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)

Paddlers saw him here
They saw him there
All together
He was pert near everywhere.

(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)

He started in the spring
When the water was cold
Some are guessing
He'll paddle 'til he's old.

(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)

He's slept with the moose
And the big, bad bears
He'll paddle away
The last of his cares.

(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)

A thousand years
And folks will say
John's still out there
Still paddling away.

(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)
 
Grandma L
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08/09/2022 10:03PM  
Just got a location from John. He is currently on Sucker Lake, just east of Prairie Portage. On the motor side.
 
Grandma L
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08/12/2022 08:38AM  
New location last evening. 8/11/22 John is at site 851 on the Basswood Fiver. East of Basswood Falls about middle of the 360 Rod portage.
 
CabinAfter
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08/12/2022 07:44PM  
Wow! I ran into him a couple days ago on the Carp-Birch portage near there. He was headed to meet an outfitter for a resupply and seemed in good spirits. What an epic experience! Is there a way we can follow him?
 
Grandma L
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08/13/2022 07:20AM  
Good question - I only get Zoleo Lat-Long positions now and then. He is not set-up for us to track.
 
MidwestFirecraft
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08/13/2022 08:21AM  
Grandma L: "New location last evening. 8/11/22 John is at site 851 on the Basswood Fiver. East of Basswood Falls about middle of the 360 Rod portage. "
I'm trying to follow along on the BWCA forum map. Is site 851 the same as 1684 on the BWCA forum map?
 
08/13/2022 10:21AM  
missmolly: "If you clicked on the just prior link, you know the tune:

Every mornin' at his site you'd see him rise
Coffee in his hand and a gleam in his eye
He's stand on the shore
And study the lake
But the man didn't dawdle
There were miles to make.


(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)


Paddlers saw him here
They saw him there
All together
He was pert near everywhere.


(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)


He started in the spring
When the water was cold
Some are guessing
He'll paddle 'til he's old.


(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)


He's slept with the moose
And the big, bad bears
He'll paddle away
The last of his cares.


(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)


A thousand years
And folks will say
John's still out there
Still paddling away.


(Big John, big John)
Big bad John (big John)
"


That's awesome! Well written, Miss Molly...Big John will love it when it gets back to the boards!!! :) :) :)
 
Lawnchair107
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08/13/2022 11:13AM  
MidwestFirecraft: "Grandma L: "New location last evening. 8/11/22 John is at site 851 on the Basswood Fiver. East of Basswood Falls about middle of the 360 Rod portage. "
I'm trying to follow along on the BWCA forum map. Is site 851 the same as 1684 on the BWCA forum map?"


Thats where I pictured him as well.
 
missmolly
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08/13/2022 04:44PM  
You are kind, Mr. Jedi.
 
MidwestFirecraft
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08/13/2022 07:07PM  
Lawnchair107: "MidwestFirecraft: "Grandma L: "New location last evening. 8/11/22 John is at site 851 on the Basswood Fiver. East of Basswood Falls about middle of the 360 Rod portage. "
I'm trying to follow along on the BWCA forum map. Is site 851 the same as 1684 on the BWCA forum map?"



Thats where I pictured him as well."


Must just be a different numbering system...
 
08/18/2022 07:26PM  
Now I have miss molly in my head using her Johnny Cash voice singing that. Good work MM.
 
08/18/2022 08:30PM  
nctry: "Now I have miss molly in my head using her Johnny Cash voice singing that. Good work MM."

I'll plant this one in your head Ben, with my voice while we ruminate around the campfire.

You hump a beat up canoe
what do you get
Another lake deeper into the BW
and yet
My wife keeps calling still I can't get home
Cause I've gotta milk this paddle
till it's dry as a bone
 
BonzSF
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08/19/2022 06:19AM  
Going in today to find John Galt. Unless he moves, we’ll find him on Tuesday or so.
 
missmolly
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08/19/2022 11:15AM  
nctry: "Now I have miss molly in my head using her Johnny Cash voice singing that. Good work MM."

Ha!
 
Grandma L
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08/28/2022 10:13AM  
8/27/2022 -John reported being on Crooked Lake - Site 1868 west side of the bay.
 
08/28/2022 06:14PM  
LindenTree: "nctry: "Now I have miss molly in my head using her Johnny Cash voice singing that. Good work MM."


I'll plant this one in your head Ben, with my voice while we ruminate around the campfire.


You hump a beat up canoe
what do you get
Another lake deeper into the BW
and yet
My wife keeps calling still I can't get home
Cause I've gotta milk this paddle
till it's dry as a bone
"




Oh boy... put that in the guys thread about staying busy... write songs!

Good to hear the Galt man is still at it! Getting to be an awesome time of year. Little wet now, but great days ahead! Sure miss my paddling days...
 
BonzSF
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08/28/2022 06:37PM  
Grandma L: "8/27/2022 -John reported being on Crooked Lake - Site 1868 west side of the bay."
Confirmed on Crooked. But I saw him set up at 1857
Edit* that was on 8/24 though
 
Grandma L
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08/30/2022 07:27PM  
8/30/22 - message from John with locations. On Wagosh Lake - straight south of Friday Bay. Only one site on that lake.
 
CatchMe
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08/31/2022 10:50AM  
I'll be in the area near John this weekend. If I bump into him I'll say hello. What does he look like?
 
08/31/2022 04:50PM  
CatchMe: "I'll be in the area near John this weekend. If I bump into him I'll say hello. What does he look like?"

He'll be the stinky, hairy, grubby guy that wants to talk a lot....to someone besides himself. You'll recognize him.
 
Grandma L
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08/31/2022 09:03PM  
Today 8/31/22 - John's message - He is on Gun Lake - south of Friday Bay - site 1086 on the south side of the lake.
 
Grandma L
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09/12/2022 08:34PM  
I heard from John today - here is the conversation I am not sure when these messages were written, I received them on the date before each message.
9/12/22
"It’s my first time using it as well (for this trip). So far, I like it. If they added crude weather radar, it would be perfect. That storm had me considering postponing my departure, fingers crossed I made the right call tomorrow ??"
9/12/22
Still on Moose & survived the storm. A tree fell across my canoe - looks okay at first glance, though I’ll know more later after clearing the tree. I’m taking it as a sign to stay on Moose for the opener. Now to clear a tree! ??
9/12/22
Still on Moose & survived the storm. Tree fell across my canoe & I spent time getting it free today, tho it looks to be scratch free. I took it as a sign to stay on Moose for the opener. Fishing + packing tomorrow & planning to move Sun
9/212/22
It seems my messages getting through to your email is hit/miss (more miss?). Paddled to Birch Lake last night. Was windbound yesterday & Thursday’s storm laid a tree across my canoe, so that delayed my planned Friday travel.
9/12/22 at Canoe Country Campground and Cabins (47.97977, -91.51431)
 
Mocha
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09/12/2022 08:59PM  
So, these are delayed messages fro the start of his trip? What other “opener” is there now? I guess it could be various hunting seasons..
 
BonzSF
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09/13/2022 11:30AM  
Yeah I got three messages about meeting up at Wed bay yesterday that were sent three weeks ago. Maybe the Zoleo needs some upgrades.
 
Grandma L
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09/20/2022 06:12PM  
I got a position message from John last evening - he is on Ensign middle - south side.
 
Grandma L
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09/22/2022 09:53PM  
9/22/22 - I got a message from John this evening. He is on Jordan Lake - northwest side
 
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