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adam
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12/31/2023 04:07PM  

Join in the 2024 roll call. Let us know what you are up to in 2024!

 
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12/31/2023 04:36PM  
UPBoy here in Stacy MN.

I'm still tickin' at 73 and planning another few trips this year.
 
scottiebaldwin
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12/31/2023 04:36PM  
I’ll be working in China again from mid March until early August but will get at least four trips in after that!



 
12/31/2023 04:52PM  


Looking forward to 2024!
Little guy just turned 5 and will do his first father /son bwca trip in August after training at SNF campgrounds with me the last 2 years.

Echo the old dog turned 12 at Christmas and has slowed down, but loves the bwca as much as anyone. Hopefully he can join me for another October solo. I’m kind of hoping this mild winter continues and I can make that solo my first April trip instead.

Big duckling turns 19 and it’s her turn for a daddy/daughter trip but has changed what she wants, but we will still be up the north shore and Gunflint Trail hiking. I’m looking forward to our one on one time while her sister gets her turn with mom.

The whole family will also enjoy our annual cabin stay at Rockwood in August and our annual October stay at Nelson’s in Grand Marais.

 
12/31/2023 04:57PM  
Happy New Year!

Bloodvein whitewater WCPP Ontario, Atikaki PP Manitoba
Hoping for a week in Quetico in May

Ryan
Wabakimi Allanwater River 2023
 
LesliesDad
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12/31/2023 05:08PM  

We're just waiting for 9:00 AM on the last Wednesday of January.
 
12/31/2023 05:09PM  
So happy to see how the forum has grown over the years. Thanks Adam for the perseverance.

Good luck to you all this year!

 
tumblehome
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12/31/2023 05:17PM  
Present.


Somewhere in a far away place.
Tom
 
straighthairedcurly
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12/31/2023 05:31PM  
Planning a family BWCA trip and trying to figure out how to fit my annual solo trip in between my new found thirst for canoe marathons. Heading south for the Suwanee 230 in May and the Mississippi River 150 in June.

Have a great New Year everyone!
 
YetiJedi
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12/31/2023 05:43PM  
Happy New Year!

Looking forward to three or four canoe trips to the bwca and a return to the Bowron Canoe Circuit in British Columbia with two of my daughters.

 
TuscaroraBorealis
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12/31/2023 06:03PM  










Still here. Looking to new adventures with the Black Pearl in 2024.
 
Deeznuts
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12/31/2023 06:13PM  

Made my trip this past August so it will be an off year for me in 2024. Planning my trip for august/sept 2025 so i have 18 more months of planning until my return! Looking into the NFCT or the ADK to fill the void this summer.

 
Ahahn366
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12/31/2023 06:47PM  


Got gorgeous out this year and have some adventures planned for next year
 
12/31/2023 06:55PM  
Lindentree has just returned from a galaxy far far away. Hoping to volunteer again for the Superior National Forest this year in the BWCA.

 
12/31/2023 06:57PM  
MN_Lindsey present!

We will do our annual VNP trip again this year. My husband is currently training for our local fire dept, so two family trips are likely out of the question.

I think I'll do a solo day trip or weekend warrior trip somewhere on my SUP.

Ideas include:
- Crocodile
- Sawbill
- Isabella
- Hog Creek

 
EmmaMorgan
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12/31/2023 07:01PM  
Happy New Year everyone! Looking forward to 3-4 trips this year, including a 15 night solo with my dog Ze’ev to Quetico in August, a group solo BWCA trip with a friend and her dog in June.
 
RetiredDave
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12/31/2023 07:07PM  
Like UPBoy, I'm 73 and still moving my limbs. I'll be back up for another solo this year (knock on wood). Every day, month, year is a gift!

Dave
 
12/31/2023 07:23PM  




Checking in for 2024! Only did two trips last year. Will try to get back to more, but have an Isle Royale hiking trip planned, as well as my boys' Scout camp. Running out of time??
 
12/31/2023 07:27PM  
Happy New Year to all. And thanks Adam for maintaining such an enjoyable website.
 
12/31/2023 09:04PM  









I hope everyone has great adventures and good health in 2024!
I’ll be hiking and winter camping in Arizona including a three night paddling trip in Glen Canyon.
A trip to see The April 8th Eclipse where the skies are not cloudy that day.
Camping and Backpacking The Elk Mountains in Colorado.
A BWCA trip.
Utah in the fall including (hopefully) a 4 night trip through Cataract Canyon.
 
preacherdave
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12/31/2023 09:39PM  
I’ll be 62 this year. Looking forward to a fall trip with both my boys!
 
12/31/2023 10:28PM  
72 and still can get the boat on the water and good to paddle. February trip to ACE Basin SC and lots of paddling on local rivers and lakes.

Hope y'all have a wonderful New Year!
 
12/31/2023 11:32PM  
Here, still trying to figure out what to do in 2024 . . .

Happy New Year!
 
01/01/2024 07:13AM  
Present! Planning another Quetico adventure for late-August, and just pulled permits for Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge starting February 27.

TZ

 
01/01/2024 09:43AM  
Still kicking! Planning a 2 week trip with my son in mid July, and a shorter solo in late August.

Been fighting pneumonia all December...almost well enough to go back to the gym and resume training.
 
01/01/2024 10:08AM  
Happy New Year! 2024 will hold a few BW trips and also planning on doing more brookie fishing in the rivers and creeks.

 
01/01/2024 10:37AM  
Still here. No plans yet for 2024 trips, but hope to get up there several times!
 
01/01/2024 10:41AM  


Happy New Year! And it looks like it will be another good one!

Plans include winter camping, 3 months in Florida, May Pictured Rocks hike, spring Quetico trip, June Fall Lake camping, summer Kopka River Trip, November in Sedona AZ.
 
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01/01/2024 10:57AM  


Happy New year!

Looking forward to a 2024 trip.
 
01/01/2024 11:27AM  

Happy New Year all!

Looking forward to BWCA, Quetico, and Isle Royale trips this season. Here's to happy and safe travels out there!

Cheers
 
01/01/2024 11:52AM  
Present and accounted for.
Going for a paddle today in the local slough.
April or May ( when the snow melts) headed to Spicer Meadows in the Sierra Nevada. Paddle across to the Wilderness side for a night or two of camping.
End of May. Utah backroad camping tour on the motorcycles with 6 friends
July annual family campout in the Redwoods.
August return of the cousins to BWCA/Quetico. Though the other cousin is talking only 5 days this year because he wants to bring some raw newbies. So I'll probably do solo for 5 days beforehand to get my annual allotment of days.
Then Ireland in Sept.
And Back to the Sierra to catch some trout in the fall.
Happy New Year All!



 
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01/01/2024 12:15PM  

Happy New Year and hope y'all get a good paddle-in!
 
01/01/2024 12:17PM  
Happy New Year!

No firm plans for this paddling season yet, but hope to get in at least one trip.

 
01/01/2024 01:53PM  
The Spartans are still here in south central Michigan. We have plans for Canoecopia 2024, and a cabin week at Rockwood Lodge in June with Anna. Also have plans for some international travel not canoe-related later in the summer, but don’t want to jinx that by telling you about it.

 
01/01/2024 02:13PM  
Happy new year everyone!
 
01/01/2024 03:17PM  
Happy New Year. This year will hopefully be a dream come true with 3 trip in the BWCA.

 
01/01/2024 04:45PM  
Happy New Year and safe travels to all. Planning another trip with my cousin, but we may try to basecamp and do a few day trips between moving days, I'll probably call this the "Return to Malberg" trip. I am also hoping to do a short solo to Mudro in May, and if things work out, I may get a fall solo to Sterling! I had planned Sterling for this fall, but work was too busy and my knee hurt! I have retired from MN Townball baseball after nine years with mixed emotions, 30 was my number and Smoke was my handle! Now more time for horses and paddling, so life goes on as I try to complete my 59th trip around the sun.

 
01/01/2024 05:22PM  
The crew at Gabbro Lake on our 36th annual trip. Currently just waiting until we can reserve the permit for number 37.

 
01/01/2024 06:37PM  
Happy New Year Paddlers :)
We are planning to check out Voyageurs NP this summer. I am hoping to do a couple of trips to the BWCA as well. There will be lots of time chasing trout in the streams.
 
01/01/2024 07:37PM  
Still around, not canoeing anymore. Trips in a motorboat and preferably with a guide is my speed.
Bought my first house at 58, Got married at 60 and can’t wait to see what else is in store for me.



 
SaganagaJoe
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01/01/2024 08:19PM  
Present. I took my first trip in 7 years this past July. I’m putting the finishing touches on the trip report and hope to get it up soon…but the boys (one just born) keep me busy.

This year probably won’t hold a BWCA trip but lots of canoeing with the family hopefully. My wife had dear friends move to Calgary, Alberta so I am thinking about a road trip to Banff, with the canoe on top of the car…I’d settle for that. :)



 
wrestlencanoe
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01/01/2024 08:56PM  
Checking in, mostly floating the waters of northeast Iowa and hopefully a few trips up north.
 
Fearlessleader
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01/01/2024 08:57PM  
Another 73 year old. Planning on getting my wife up to see Woodland Caribou in August and hopefully a week in BWCA in September.
 
MichiganMan
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01/01/2024 09:10PM  


MichiganMan present and accounted for! Pic is a largie from North Bay in June 2023. We'll be hitting Quetico again in June 2024, although which part is yet to be determined.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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01/01/2024 09:51PM  
SaganagaJoe: "Present. I took my first trip in 7 years this past July. I’m putting the finishing touches on the trip report and hope to get it up soon…but the boys (one just born) keep me busy.


This year probably won’t hold a BWCA trip but lots of canoeing with the family hopefully. My wife had dear friends move to Calgary, Alberta so I am thinking about a road trip to Banff, with the canoe on top of the car…I’d settle for that. :)





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Good lookin kids & looking forward to the trip report!
 
SaganagaJoe
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01/01/2024 09:53PM  
TuscaroraBorealis: "
SaganagaJoe: "Present. I took my first trip in 7 years this past July. I’m putting the finishing touches on the trip report and hope to get it up soon…but the boys (one just born) keep me busy.



This year probably won’t hold a BWCA trip but lots of canoeing with the family hopefully. My wife had dear friends move to Calgary, Alberta so I am thinking about a road trip to Banff, with the canoe on top of the car…I’d settle for that. :)


Good lookin kids & looking forward to the trip report!"


Thanks! Levi has been in canoes since he was just a few months old and loves them. Boat was one of his favorite words for a while there. I am looking forward to taking them to the Boundary Waters when they get old enough. Your trips with Aurora are an inspiration.
 
thegildedgopher
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01/01/2024 11:00PM  
Alive and well. My tripping partner is growing up, almost done with high school and will be taking his first trip without me this year. Has me thinking about the transition to solos for a bit. I have high hopes that we will explore together again in the future, but I know that at his age I was ready for some independence. The circle of life, around it goes.

Wishing everyone a healthy 2024.
 
andym
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01/02/2024 01:29AM  
Still here, BWCA plans for 2024 are unformed. But I recently passed 20 years since my diagnosis with lymphoma and this year will hit the 10 year anniversary of my stem cell transplant. So I truly am just happy to be here.
 
pastorjsackett
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01/02/2024 06:20AM  
Here for 2024!

Planning a winter trip to BWCA with my son--he's eager to try, I've gone twice in the colder months.

Early June trip to Crooked, fourth year in a row. I'm totally hooked on that lake.

Our church is working on an outdoor ministry that I hope will include an intergenerational trip in to the wilderness. Plans still a bit fuzzy on that one, stay tuned.

Other activities include western bowhunts in the Dakotas, SW MN trout, state park camping with Lisa and Murphy the Wonder Dog.

That's the good stuff planned right now.
 
Ottertailvoyageur
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01/02/2024 10:51AM  


Alive and kicking!
I’m excited about planning a couple of trips this year! …maybe a solo trip out of Cross Bay or Little Indian Sioux and a “trip lite” out of Sawbill with my 8-year-old granddaughter and her dad. She’ll be a first timer this year so we’ll take it easy on her!
 
tomo
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01/02/2024 11:17AM  
Happy 2024. No firm trip plans as of yet. Waiting to hear what my college freshman is willing to do with his old man this summer--maybe a longer trip?

Hoping to get out on a river solo--maybe Bloodvein.
 
paddlefamily
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01/02/2024 11:30AM  
Here! I'll be in the BW quite a bit this year as I work as a seasonal wilderness canoe guide. Looking forward to reading everyone's trip reports and highlights.

 
KawnipiKid
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01/02/2024 12:09PM  
Present!

Thank you, Adam, and thanks to you all. We keep on dreaming, planning, learning and paddling. Looking forward to late August, entry unknown, 44 years after my first trip to the Q from Trails End.

 
gonorth1
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01/02/2024 02:42PM  
Here and ready for more in ‘24. Today if I wasn’t putting the finishing touches on packing for a trip through the Panama Canal, not in a canoe, I’d be paddling a section of the Rum R. Would have been a first to paddle it in January.
Several trips are in the works. Question, would you go to Wabikimi or Woodland Caribou P. Park? Why? I can only go to one of them this summer. Remoteness or isolation is not an issue as I’ve been farther north on previous trips. Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts.
 
Driftless
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01/02/2024 02:46PM  
I'm still here! Happy New Year and here's to a great 2024!

I'm currently waiting for snow to XC ski on. Looking forward to another BWCA trip this August.
 
01/02/2024 03:19PM  
Still kicking, but with a little less force. Been dealing with a lot of family stuff some good, some bad. Granddaughter is delightful. My son was diagnosed with brain cancer in Sept of 22, tumor removed c. 95% - radiation done - chemo nearly done - it's going well. I have some back issues to deal with, maybe some physical heart stuff, and glaucoma. It was all good until it wasn't. I need to paddle and cogitate.
 
01/02/2024 05:54PM  
HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Turning the big 70 in 2024. Thinking my days of portaging deep into the center of Quetico are coming to an end. Planning on going into Pickerel Lake for a 2 week paddle in late June.

Also looking at doing a Fall 2024 3 week 525 mile canoe trip starting at the Erie Canal to the Hudson River to New York City and the Statue of Liberty.

 
01/02/2024 08:14PM  

Happy New Year to everyone.

Got a trip plan for voyages national Park after Ben's little wing night get together around July 4th. Probably a solo canoe trip around the end of May and then a family trip in August unsure where yet

Tony
 
Jackfish
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01/02/2024 09:06PM  

Jackfish is here for another trip around the sun! Glad to be a part of the board for 20 years.
 
airmorse
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01/02/2024 09:11PM  
Here.

Planning on two trips this year. One group trip in June and a solo in August.

Happy New Year to everyone.
 
AdamXChicago
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01/02/2024 09:20PM  
Here. Hoping to get in a couple of trips in 2024.
AdamX
 
grizzlyadams
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01/03/2024 08:21AM  


Alive and well in SE Minnesota. Hoping to get a permit for Stuart River this summer. Will also be paddling and trout fishing on the Root River this spring/summer.
 
papalambeau
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01/03/2024 09:50AM  
Present and still kicking. My wife and I will be heading to Punta Cana in two weeks as a 45th wedding anniversary gift from our youngest son and his wife. They and their 4 boys will be going with us too! We are so blessed!
BW trip planned for the second week of June with two sons and 5 grandsons. 31st year of tripping!

Blessings to you all in 2024,

Papalambeau
 
01/03/2024 11:20AM  
Happy New Year everyone. Still here, no plans for this year yet.
 
Northwoodsman
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01/03/2024 11:31AM  
Present and accounted for. It appears that I'm turning 60 this year, it sure feels like 80 however. Hoping to get up to MN this year but paddling in the BWCA isn't likely. Sold my canoe in 2022 and bought two fishing boats. Sold the fishing boats in 2023 and bought a ski boat for the family. I miss the quiet and relaxing pace of canoe camping but my body just isn't on the same timeline.
 
01/03/2024 12:21PM  
Northwoodsman: "Present and accounted for. It appears that I'm turning 60 this year, it sure feels like 80 however. Hoping to get up to MN this year but paddling in the BWCA isn't likely. Sold my canoe in 2022 and bought two fishing boats. Sold the fishing boats in 2023 and bought a ski boat for the family. I miss the quiet and relaxing pace of canoe camping but my body just isn't on the same timeline."


I bought a ski boat a couple years ago to take the kids out in and am already sick of that thing. Such a PITA if you don't have a lake to keep it on. Personally I'd much rather be in a canoe.

I hope to do another family trip this summer and maybe even a personal one but the decision deadline has really snuck up this year.

This site and the people on it have been an invaluable resource.

 
01/03/2024 12:40PM  
Hello and Happy New Year to All.
Excitedly planning a trip for this Summer with Son and two Granddaughters. It will be their 5th, 6th trip and 7th trip respectively. At 76 and admittedly too getting slower but thankfully still capable every trip is a blessing for me. this community has always been so supportive and helpful.
Hope when we choose are dates it is when I may come across some of you.
Boppa
 
Grandma L
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01/03/2024 02:32PM  
I am here - making plans for the 2024 paddle season! Hope to see some of you at the Fall Border Route Challenge or the MR150.
 
01/03/2024 04:32PM  
I'm still kickin'!
I only got 30 miles or so of paddling in 2023.
But we did the "Downsize."
Officially empty nesters now and moved from 4000sq ft suburban house on a wooded lot with 10 acres of public woods abutting to an 1100 sq ft apartment in the city with neighbors abutting.
In the burbs I had to drive everywhere, but I now walk just about everywhere!
Trimming the caseload and might actually get up north this summer....
a man can dream can't he?

X-mas photo from the old back yard
 
01/03/2024 04:37PM  
I'm happy to be a part of this community in 2024! Currently I'm planning a June BWCA border lakes trip with some high school buddies and then a July Quetico loop with a college buddy.
 
Portage99
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01/03/2024 04:37PM  
Planning a Wabakimi trip and hopefully two small solo BWCA trips.
 
01/03/2024 04:43PM  
Still Kickin' :) Great to have been able to take a group of 8 (largely newbies) in August 2023! Happy New Year to All!
 
01/03/2024 05:51PM  
Still kicking,
Headed to the Quetico in May with Kiporby,
Cowdoc, and Mooseplums.... Great to see old familiar names.
Have a Great 2024.
SunCatcher
 
pastorjsackett
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01/03/2024 09:27PM  
Still here. Enjoy this website so much over the years.

2023 was crazy--some losses in our extended family and both daughters got married. I turned 60 along the way.

2024 plans: Crooked Lake, church trip (I hope we can do one), bowhunts in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa (depending on tags we draw), SE MN trout, winter camping and lots of shed hunting.

Welcome to the new year! Let's do this thing!
 
MichiganMan
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01/03/2024 09:55PM  
pastorjsackett: "Still here. Enjoy this website so much over the years.


2023 was crazy--some losses in our extended family and both daughters got married. I turned 60 along the way.


2024 plans: Crooked Lake, church trip (I hope we can do one), bowhunts in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa (depending on tags we draw), SE MN trout, winter camping and lots of shed hunting.


Welcome to the new year! Let's do this thing! "


Love the Public Land Owner shirt. BHA member here as well. Love the walleye too!
 
01/03/2024 11:56PM  
Still around. Hopefully I get up there this year - really need to start planning.
 
01/04/2024 12:40AM  










Looking forward to more adventures in 2024

 
MajorMal
  
01/04/2024 12:41AM  
Planning another solo trip this year. I find it to be kind of zen to go alone

Mal
 
BearMandolin
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01/04/2024 07:20AM  
Present! Looking forward to trips in 2024!

 
misqua
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01/04/2024 07:36AM  
Still here. Did a few trips last year and plan on a few more in 2024. All of them are solo. I’m getting older, but I’ll keep going as long as I am able.
 
01/04/2024 09:06AM  
Hanging around but no canoing. Old age, arthritus, and legs. Still check out this forum now and then.

butthead
 
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01/04/2024 10:47AM  
Happy New Year all! 1191 miles paddled last year. Signed up for the Suwanee River 230, and the Border Route Challenge ( my 7th ) Have unfinished business in Grayling, Mi. ( the Ausable River Canoe Marathon) We missed the 7 hr. Mio dam cut-off by less than a minute and a half. Going to try again if I can find a partner crazy enough to paddle with a 76 yr. old guy. Might do a BW trip with the wife if she's up to it.
 
Canoe42
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01/04/2024 11:36AM  
Canoe42 is still here.
 
01/04/2024 11:52AM  
Mcsweem here I'm still kicking LOL
 
uqme2
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01/04/2024 01:05PM  
butthead: "Hanging around but no canoing. Old age, arthritus, and legs. Still check out this forum now and then.


butthead"
 
01/04/2024 01:29PM  
BearMandolin: "Present! Looking forward to trips in 2024!


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Nice Brookie!
 
01/04/2024 03:39PM  
AdamXChicago: "Here. Hoping to get in a couple of trips in 2024.
AdamX "

A couple hours ago I was cleaning up files on my computer and came across this one of you, and then I see your post and just had to show everybody what a studly looking canoeist you were 25 years ago :-)

Hopefully my health issues will soon be resolved and we'll be able to do a trip to Quetico during 2024

 
520eek
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01/04/2024 08:01PM  
I'm here.
 
01/04/2024 08:03PM  
Been hang'n around since 2010. Hope to get north for at least one trip this summer.
 
01/04/2024 08:30PM  
Here… in Arizona for the winter…




 
01/04/2024 09:24PM  


Present! Planning a June trip with a daughter and a July/August trip with dads and their sons.
 
01/05/2024 08:15AM  
Happy New Year!

Picture is of my 2023 Border Route Challenge team. Signing of the red bladed voyageurs paddle (all finishers get to sign this paddle). I'm in the green shirt.

Trips for 2024 will be an Ensign Lake base camping trip and the September Border Route Challenge.

 
01/05/2024 08:18AM  

Looking forward to another year. Hopefully another fall trip with my three sons!
 
Michwall2
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01/05/2024 08:23AM  
Hope to get 2 trips in this summer.

Michwall2
 
01/05/2024 09:24AM  
Priceless, Ben! Man, your group really wanted that campsite!
 
01/05/2024 10:00AM  
rtallent: "Priceless, Ben! Man, your group really wanted that campsite!"



Yep… we were ready for a bang up job!!! Good to see your still active Ray!!
 
MikeinMpls
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01/05/2024 10:08AM  

Though things aren't as easy as they used to be, we'll be doing a May trip, and I'll do a solo later in the summer

MIke
 
01/05/2024 10:43AM  
A little late, but happy to be here! Did my first solo in June and my first October trip last year and got some great new experiences. Hoping everyone here is doing well and getting excited for the next paddling season! I'm looking to do another solo, longer this time, via Baker, along with a shorter fishing focused trip via Mudro with a buddy who's never been to the BWCA (in a canoe anyway), and probably a longer group bucket list trip, hopefully a Frost River/Lil Sag tour via Cross Bay/Round.



 
Hurricanes4
  
01/05/2024 01:14PM  
Looking forward to another trip or two.
 
01/05/2024 02:37PM  
Mocha: " Still around, not canoeing anymore. Trips in a motorboat and preferably with a guide is my speed.
Bought my first house at 58, Got married at 60 and can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. "

So fun to hear this update, thanks for sharing.
 
01/05/2024 02:40PM  
I'm here... Technically no BWCA in 2023, but two canoe highlights:

1) canoe-camping in a state park in MN. My eldest and a friend of hers, with friend's 4yo. The two young adults insisted we go "glamping" and thus we made two trips in with gear, set up a gigantic 8-person tent somehow wedged perfectly between trees, used an actual hard sided cooler with dry ice, brought air mattresses (a sin), and the "kids" paddled to the park campground for a hot shower. Not my usual style, but I was a good sport and actually very grateful for the screen tent as it was open season on humans for the bugs. Plus we got the 4yo off to a good start with paddling. Got to see Grandma L on our way home and spend a night in her guest cabin. :)

2) paddled 12 miles of the Colorado River downstream from the Hoover Dam (Black Canyon National Water Trail) with nojobro. Although even September was too warm, the river water was a consistent 53 degrees, so I swam often. It was beautiful and different to paddle over to incoming streams that were naturally HOT water. Too warm outside for soaking, but I could see a repeat trip in cooler weather. Putting in just below that amazing dam was a surreal experience.

Not sure what 2024 holds. Doing PT on three different body parts hoping to reclaim them all before paddling season. Then again, here in MN paddling season didn't end and there have been water skiing and bass boat fishing on my lake into the new year. As I'm walking in a boot at the moment, I'm not gonna complain, but it sure is strange.
 
sunnybear09
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01/05/2024 03:06PM  
Still paddling along, but cutting down on portage trips at age 76. Last trip in the BW three years ago out of Moose for twelve days with Macamper. Have been hitting Montana Rivers (don't ask how much the shuttles cost!), last years big trip a fly-in out of Yellowknife, NWT--hope to repeat this year for less money! Glad to see so many long-term names still aboard. Paddle often, paddle safely!
 
Jackfish
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01/05/2024 03:56PM  
Navigator: "Still Kickin' :) Great to have been able to take a group of 8 (largely newbies) in August 2023! Happy New Year to All!
"

Great photo, Navigator!
 
mrballast
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01/05/2024 09:55PM  
Present.

Hoping for another father son trip this year. Might just need it as much as want.
 
AdamXChicago
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01/06/2024 06:59AM  
johno: "
AdamXChicago: "Here. Hoping to get in a couple of trips in 2024.
AdamX "

A couple hours ago I was cleaning up files on my computer and came across this one of you, and then I see your post and just had to show everybody what a studly looking canoeist you were 25 years ago :-)


Hopefully my health issues will soon be resolved and we'll be able to do a trip to Quetico during 2024


"


Wow, time sure does fly. LOL
 
01/06/2024 10:53AM  
preacherdave: "I’ll be 62 this year. Looking forward to a fall trip with both my boys! "


I recognize that canoe! Will be getting her back up north at least one time this year.
 
01/06/2024 11:05AM  
Checking in. Just finished my first ever January paddle in NW Wisconsin in a new to me Prism that I scored off the buy and sell here at the Flying Moose. Looking forward to 3 BWCA trips (Ottertrack, Fourtown and TBD in the plans) plus a 5 dayer down the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
 
01/06/2024 12:15PM  
OneMatch still paddlin' & pickin'!
 
pswith5
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01/06/2024 12:39PM  
Nice picture one match. I am hoping to be able to take 2 or 3 trips this year. Plan is to retire in a few months and maybe look for a flexible part time job just to keep my body in motion. I'm thinking my wife will be grateful for me to get out of the house a few times. May also be looking to buy myself a retirement gift. A lighter boat! Mine seem to be getting heavier all the time. Happy New Year everyone.
 
01/06/2024 12:49PM  
Happy New Years Everyone! Looking forward to a few trips this year. Winter, hike, and paddle trips are in the works! Here's a couple from my Woodland Caribou solo in May '23.
 
Morchella
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01/06/2024 02:56PM  


I'm a little late to the game here. I am grateful to have been on 4 shorter canoe trips in 2023. I am hoping to do at least four short BW trips and one long one this next season--potentially in the Quetico. A new office job has me daydreaming of the coming season and for exploring new areas around Lake Superior.
 
01/06/2024 03:28PM  
nctry: "Here… in Arizona for the winter…

"

Ben, I'll tell Rooster you're coming through... ;) You got that look...

 
01/06/2024 03:43PM  
I'm still here and have trips planned through 2025.
 
preacherdave
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01/06/2024 04:13PM  
Fishman53: "
preacherdave: "

I’ll be 62 this year. Looking forward to a fall trip with both my boys! "

I recognize that canoe! Will be getting her back up north at least one time this year.

"

That is a pretty boat. Hope you get many great trips out of her!
 
QueticoMike
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01/06/2024 05:05PM  

I’m still here!
 
01/06/2024 08:26PM  
QueticoMike: "I’m still here! "

Wow! That fish caught a big human! Haha! I’m always thankful guys like you will reveal a few secrets that mediocre fishermen like me can use to fill our stringers from time to time.
 
01/06/2024 10:00PM  

2024 will likely see me do a quick winter trip or two, then fishing opener, and maybe a Quetico trip if I don't do a trip in the Rockies.

 
Kermit
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01/07/2024 08:44AM  
Happy new year all! Thanks for all the great discussions, insight, and stories. What a great community. Looking forward to many more adventures with my wife and our canoe dog, Bell!
 
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01/07/2024 02:59PM  
Still here. Hoping to make it back in 24
 
01/07/2024 04:49PM  

Here! My paddle moved a lot of water in 2023, and I'm hoping for the same in 2024! Hopefully an early June fishing trip, the Border Route Challenge in September, and as many trips as I can squeeze in between!
 
01/07/2024 05:13PM  
I'm passing my fishing lures on down to the grandson these days. With all the water I should be drinking (I have afib) and the resultant peeing, I'd rather shore fish than be out in a boat. I'll be 78 by summer.
 
MidwestMan
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01/08/2024 11:56AM  
Alive and well here in northwestern Illinois. My wild side has been suppressed a bit too long. Need to get out and adventure more. Thankful for all you bwca forum guys and gals. Keep on keepin' on!
 
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01/08/2024 04:57PM  
Checking in for my 21st time! It's good to see everyone here
 
01/08/2024 07:26PM  
Greetings! With retirement fast approaching (4 months), I hope to spend much more time in the woods and on the water this year.
 
Snorty
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01/09/2024 06:42AM  
I’ve been wondering what you were planning this year.
 
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01/09/2024 07:32AM  
Checking in folks.
 
Jefflynn06
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01/10/2024 09:57AM  
Checking in from the Madison WI area. One solo trip in 2023 and one with my paddling soul mate (my wife) to the edge of the BWCA at Iron Lake Campground in the fall. Planning to renew our annual June trip somewhere off the Gunflint this summer. Both 56 so the portage lengths become reduced each year but still looking forward to getting out. Happy paddling everyone!
 
01/10/2024 06:09PM  
I am still around and planning another trip for this summer. Bought a canoe from VNO in December so I need to get it in the water.
 
01/11/2024 01:36AM  
OneMatch: "OneMatch still paddlin' & pickin'! "

Paddling, picking and peeing?
 
beanpole
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01/11/2024 02:13PM  
present in Southeast Wisconsin

Still pinning down plans for our trip this year but hope to get up there in August.

 
01/11/2024 06:36PM  
Still hanging in there, still working although I thought I would be done by now. Unforeseen circumstances have delayed it but I expect to be done by fall. Have our traditional late May trip in mind, not sure of entry yet. Hopefully at least one more.

Did a lot of solo camping last year in campgrounds but pretty remote and found it to my liking so contemplating an easy solo canoe trip where I don't have to depend on anyone else to make it happen. My April trout fishing trip in SE MN is always a highlight of my year and definitely doing that again. Still trying to be present and contribute to this great community when I can.
 
01/12/2024 10:01AM  
Although I'm rather late to this roll call, it was enjoyable reading the responses so far. I missed a canoe trip in 2023 because of health problems, but I hope to be in the BWCA once this year whether solo or with a friend. Happy paddling, everyone!
 
01/14/2024 09:45AM  


Still padding
 
RedLakePaddler
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01/14/2024 10:48AM  

14 years with leukemia and still around. Hope to make a few simple trips this summer. So if you see an old man with an oversized Poodle stop in for coffee or a meal, there is always room at my table.
Carl
 
01/15/2024 10:33AM  
Still hanging around. I'd like to make the drive back there early September for a week canoe trip. Will see how the summer goes.
 
01/15/2024 04:49PM  
MHS67: "Still hanging around. I'd like to make the drive back there early September for a week canoe trip. Will see how the summer goes. "

Nice pic Larry. Where?
 
01/15/2024 08:11PM  
I am planning to make another trip to Quetico this summer with my son to catch a few pans full white, flakey goodness.

 
01/15/2024 09:28PM  

Thank you for a great site. I am on here frequently and appreciate all of you. Almost 69 but still paddling.
 
CarolynS
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01/16/2024 02:17PM  
Still afloat! If I get out for a paddle in someone’s canoe this year I’ll be pleased. If nothing else I’ll be floating on my air mattress. Just being on the water soothes my soul.
 
01/16/2024 10:39PM  
LindenTree: "
MHS67: "Still hanging around. I'd like to make the drive back there early September for a week canoe trip. Will see how the summer goes. "

Nice pic Larry. Where?"

Hi Linden, this is Mammoth Pool out of North Fork on the San Joaquin River.
 
HWMinngrl
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01/18/2024 05:43PM  

Hello!

I am Hannah, aka "The Northern Philosopher." :) My husband and I first made it to the BWCA in Sept. 2020 due to our college classes being remote still that fall. It made it easy for us to travel to MN (where I am from). Since then we have gone to the Gunflint or Ely sides every summer, but we have taken it slowly, doing only day trips on border lakes. My husband is from Louisiana and did not grow up doing much hiking, canoeing, etc. We both love to kayak and canoe but are still novices at camping! My goal this summer is to possibly do our first overnight in the BWCA (staying in a cabin both before and after the trip). I think we can do it!
 
JohnGalt
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01/19/2024 06:04PM  

JG checking in! Have a great 2024 everybody. :)
 
01/19/2024 09:54PM  
Shock is HERE! Ice fishing at the moment (on beautiful Lake Waconia) and hoping to get in an opener trip on Seagull this year.

 
01/20/2024 08:47AM  
shock: "Shock is HERE! Ice fishing at the moment (on beautiful Lake Waconia) and hoping to get in an opener trip on Seagull this year.

"


I grew up in Waconia. Love that town and lake. Town has changed a bit in the last 30 years.
 
LittoralZone
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01/20/2024 10:09AM  
LittoralZone and Crawford still here. Looking forward to our return to Quetico this June.

We really need to get a donation in!

 
martian
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01/20/2024 05:07PM  
Still vertical & planning solos of a week the first of August and ten days first of October if all goes well. Cheers Everyone!
martian
 
mgraber
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01/20/2024 08:18PM  
Still kicking! Have to have a spinal surgery but will hopefully be rehabbed in time for a trip or two.
 
01/21/2024 10:35AM  

Dreaming of paddling season, but can’t pass by the hard water fishing!
 
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01/21/2024 08:07PM  


Always here! and maybe it's time to start contributing like I did 10 years ago! Taking 3-4 trips a year with sights set on the Frost River Loop, a new PMA and Adams for this spring!
 
wetcanoedog
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01/21/2024 08:32PM  
just here to look around once in a while.at 77 and walking with a cane my bw days are over.i do tent camp and enjoy being out.lots of canoe trip videos on youtube
to watch.the bw and the Q are so huge that i seldom see someone where i have gone since the 80's.thats a camp on my first trip in 1985,sort of slack on gear..
 
SouthernKevlar
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01/22/2024 09:05AM  
I just realized that I didn't remember signing in at the first of the new year.

I didn't make it up north in 2023. I was too busy with work, mucking about with boats, hiking the TMB in the Alps, getting Covid on the way home, addling local flatwater and whitewater, more work, ordering and waiting for my new Northstar Phoenix (it's a beauty!) and then it was generally to cold in the BWCA to be paddling.

It looks like maybe late 2024 for me. After my "bucket list" hike last year, this summer it will be filling another bucket list; motorcycling the remaining states (South Carolina to Oregon) on my quest to ride all 48 contiguous US states. In the fall I will be doing a trip up north, but I'm not sure if it will be the BWCA, Algonquin or some other area in Canada.


A happy 2024 to all!
 
LaVirginienne
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01/22/2024 09:49PM  
Happy New Year Adam and thank you!

I’m currently an icicle in rural Virginia. Hope I thaw in time for the annual permit madness next week.

Two trips planned this year with girlhood chums from summers spent on the water in Michigan and Wisconsin. Will get some solo paddling in September. For those of you who gave such good suggestions last year, I really loved both September trips to Adams and then on the Temperance River. Bliss!

Thank you!
 
01/26/2024 09:35PM  
Happy New Year everyone. I'm still able to check in every now and then but with 3 teenagers and different hobbies for everyone it's not nearly as much as I'd like. Best wishes to everyone on your trips this summer.
 
adam
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01/28/2024 09:03PM  
Great to see some many old and new faces!

Fall wingnight is reserved for 9/20-9/22 at a Baker Park Group campground.

I look forward to seeing many of you in person!
 
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01/29/2024 12:07AM  
Thanks for that update Adam, it's been a while since I made it out to one of those. I'll put that one on the calendar.

Currently planning for a couple trips this year. Hopefully a winter trip yet this year if it doesn't get too warm up there...
 
01/29/2024 10:50AM  

Still kicking.
 
01/29/2024 03:02PM  
adam: "Great to see some many old and new faces!

Fall wingnight is reserved for 9/20-9/22 at a Baker Park Group campground.

I look forward to seeing many of you in person!"

Where is this campground?
 
01/29/2024 03:03PM  
Speckled: "
shock: "Shock is HERE! Ice fishing at the moment (on beautiful Lake Waconia) and hoping to get in an opener trip on Seagull this year.

"

I grew up in Waconia. Love that town and lake. Town has changed a bit in the last 30 years."

FYI... I responded to your email but haven't heard back from you.
 
BWfishingfanatic12
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01/29/2024 10:36PM  
papalambeau: " Present and still kicking. My wife and I will be heading to Punta Cana in two weeks as a 45th wedding anniversary gift from our youngest son and his wife. They and their four boys will be going with us, too! We are so blessed!

BW trip planned for the second week of June with two sons and 5 grandsons. 31st year of tripping!

Blessings to you all in 2024,

Papalambeau
"

Glad to hear you are still going strong Dan! Grace and Peace!
 
BWfishingfanatic12
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01/29/2024 10:42PM  
Still here checking in on the site to live vicariously. Unfortunately, no BWCA trip for me this year. Birth of my second child soon puts a wrench in that for the year. However, should be able to get in a lot of great day trip fishing action in Wisconsin.
 
adam
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01/30/2024 05:33AM  
shock: "
adam: "Great to see some many old and new faces!

Fall wingnight is reserved for 9/20-9/22 at a Baker Park Group campground.

I look forward to seeing many of you in person!"

Where is this campground ?"

Baker Park Reserve - West of Twin Cities

Link to map
 
01/31/2024 02:28PM  









Still alive and well!

I hope to be more active on the message board in 2024.

Hans Solo
 
papalambeau
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01/31/2024 03:03PM  
BWfishingfanatic12: "Still here checking in on the site to live vicariously. Unfortunately, no BWCA trip for me this year. Birth of my second child soon puts a wrench in that for the year. However, should be able to get in a lot of great day trip fishing action in Wisconsin. "


Congrats Bryan! Those young ones will be taking trips with you before you know it! And those are the best trips ever!!

Blessings
 
02/01/2024 09:46AM  
Back to being more active on the site.
I'm very glad for this resource!
This year EP 60 and 32 Possibly tagging along on another trip.

Barnabee
 
mnrackhunter
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02/02/2024 08:26AM  
Still here, haven't got the paddle wet since 2018, though. Did purchase a pontoon last year. Hopefully will get the paddle wet this year. Looking forward to catching walleye out of the canoe again!!
 
burrow1
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02/02/2024 08:54AM  
Checking in. Wife retired end of 2023 and I am only working three days a week as of this week.

Got a permit for Sag in June. Going to Cherry for 3-5 days depending on the fishing.
 
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02/04/2024 11:32AM  
Hmmm... a month or so late getting my name on here. One trip planned for July; just my wife and me again. Many of the guys from church have passed on or aged out and the interest has waned for some. Thirty trips with that group. And, Italy has called the two of us, occupying our usual September BWCAW time slot.

Here's a rare sight for us lately: a campfire.
Solitude on Canoe Lake, September 2023

 
02/04/2024 03:52PM  
Barnabee: "Back to being more active on the site.
I'm very glad for this resource!
This year EP 60 and 32 Possibly tagging along on another trip.


Barnabee
"


Amazing photo !
 
iCallitMaize
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02/04/2024 08:14PM  
Tennessee boy getting back active on the board. Excited to be on LLC last week of June through July 4th weekend.


 
02/05/2024 07:50AM  
HWMinngrl: "
Hello!


I am Hannah, aka "The Northern Philosopher." :) My husband and I first made it to the BWCA in Sept. 2020 due to our college classes being remote still that fall. It made it easy for us to travel to MN (where I am from). Since then we have gone to the Gunflint or Ely sides every summer, but we have taken it slowly, doing only day trips on border lakes. My husband is from Louisiana and did not grow up doing much hiking, canoeing, etc. We both love to kayak and canoe but are still novices at camping! My goal this summer is to possibly do our first overnight in the BWCA (staying in a cabin both before and after the trip). I think we can do it!"


You for sure can! I’m from Arkansas and was the same as your husband but now my wife and family go canoe camping or backpacking every year. It’s totally worthy it.
 
02/06/2024 04:37PM  
Still here!
Recently retired, planning on a May trip (East BearskinEP) and wanna get into some low-key backpacking, maybe a trip to the Porkies this year.
Hoping to see some familiar faces at Canoecopia this year!

-George

 
ForestDuff
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02/10/2024 09:45PM  
Accomplished my goals for last year by taking a fall boat trip to VNP for the first time.
And also finally planned a canoe trip around my aging golden, she has a half dozen winter BW trips under her collar, but has always been a little big for my solo. So I picked an easy to get to spot and we enjoyed listening to the Twins in Oct together.
I have already booked a repeat trip to VNP this year.
I am hoping to try some winter camping in the next month up there.
This might be a rare year to fit in an April trip.
And there's always the Oct solo......need to figure out a destination.


 
Aslowhand
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02/11/2024 02:41AM  

Very late to the party. Somehow I missed this thread...
Due to a very mild winter here in Switzerland a first overnighter already has taken place.
Planning to spend a few weeks in Quetico starting at the end of May.
 
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02/11/2024 12:41PM  
Aslowhand: "
Very late to the party. Somehow I missed this thread...
Due to a very mild winter here in Switzerland a first overnighter already has taken place.
Planning to spend a few weeks in Quetico starting at the end of May. "


Hi Aslowhand, Your photo spoke to me. Beautiful location. Love the canoe, tent, wilderness, and mountains. Glad you can already get out and camp...thanks for sharing!
 
02/23/2024 01:15PM  
Here and looking forward to paddling season. This little angel is our newest family member and first grandchild; Aurora, and I cannot wait to get her into a canoe!
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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02/23/2024 02:47PM  
Frenchy19: "Here and looking forward to paddling season. This little angel is our newest family member and first grandchild; Aurora, and I cannot wait to get her into a canoe! "


Love the name. :)

Congratulations!
 
02/23/2024 07:07PM  
Frenchy19: "Here and looking forward to paddling season. This little angel is our newest family member and first grandchild; Aurora, and I cannot wait to get her into a canoe! "


Congratulations, Mark.
Of-course your first grandchild is a girl.
 
02/24/2024 11:17AM  
TuscaroraBorealis: "
Frenchy19: "Here and looking forward to paddling season. This little angel is our newest family member and first grandchild; Aurora, and I cannot wait to get her into a canoe! "



Love the name. :)


Congratulations!"


I figured you would approve of her name;-)
 
02/24/2024 11:18AM  
Lightfoot: "
Frenchy19: "Here and looking forward to paddling season. This little angel is our newest family member and first grandchild; Aurora, and I cannot wait to get her into a canoe! "



Congratulations, Mark.
Of-course your first grandchild is a girl."


Yep; but this one has really blue eyes, and that is a first for anyone on my side of the family. Thanks, Lightfoot!
 
02/24/2024 08:32PM  
Planning a September solo in Quetico. I missed taking trips the last 2 years so excited about getting back into it. Unfortunately my longtime tripping partner Luna had to be put down last Sept. I’ll be doing a true solo this time until our new pup is old enough to go.

Luna on her first trip at 2 and 1/2 yrs old. Louisa Lake, Quetico 2013.
 
02/25/2024 11:46AM  
TomT: "Planning a September solo in Quetico. I missed taking trips the last 2 years so excited about getting back into it. Unfortunately my longtime tripping partner Luna had to be put down last Sept. I’ll be doing a true solo this time until our new pup is old enough to go.


Luna on her first trip at 2 and 1/2 yrs old. Louisa Lake, Quetico 2013.
"


So sorry to hear about Luna; losing a pooch is really tough. Hope you enjoy your solo this year, and best wishes with the new pup!
 
02/25/2024 12:10PM  
Frenchy19,

I sent you a few emails. Hoping you get back to me.

Wally13

… Luna was a favorite companion on a few Quetico trips that I did with Tom T. Can’t wait to paddle with Tom’s new pup.
 
02/25/2024 05:33PM  
TomT:
" I’ll be doing a true solo this time"
Ha Ha, is that a quote from kanoes?
Good luck with your new pup, it is hard losing a four legged tripping partner.

Luna on her first trip at 2 and 1/2 yrs old. Louisa Lake, Quetico 2013.
"
 
02/25/2024 05:46PM  
LindenTree: "
TomT:
" I’ll be doing a true solo this time"
Ha Ha, is that a quote from kanoes?
Good luck with your new pup, it is hard losing a four legged tripping partner.


Luna on her first trip at 2 and 1/2 yrs old. Louisa Lake, Quetico 2013.
"
"


I know what you’re talking about. I remember Kanoes didn’t think going with a dog was a real solo trip. I tend to agree with him. I would talk to Luna on trips just to break up any boredom. She was a real good listener :)

And yes it was especially hard losing her and having to make that decision. She will be by phone and desktop screen savers for quite a while I think.

 
02/25/2024 09:55PM  
TomT: "
LindenTree: "
TomT:
" I’ll be doing a true solo this time"
Ha Ha, is that a quote from kanoes?
Good luck with your new pup, it is hard losing a four legged tripping partner.



Luna on her first trip at 2 and 1/2 yrs old. Louisa Lake, Quetico 2013.
"
"



I know what you’re talking about. I remember Kanoes didn’t think going with a dog was a real solo trip. I tend to agree with him. I would talk to Luna on trips just to break up any boredom. She was a real good listener :)


And yes it was especially hard losing her and having to make that decision. She will be by phone and desktop screen savers for quite a while I think.


"





I count it a solo either way… until those dogs start doggie paddling…
Sorry to hear about Luna… can’t wait to hear you introduce the new pup! Tom T is one of the best BWCA solo paddlers! He’s very good at avoiding people too. Haha! Happy paddling to all our 2024 paddlers!
 
03/01/2024 08:05AM  
Still here, still owe at least one trip report for last year. Looking forward to another two trips with the noodle clan and bananadog and two solos, with another one of them being the one-way solo to meet up with a friend camping at Trail's End on Seagull and then getting a ride back to my car.
 
bapabear
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03/04/2024 09:12PM  
Bapabear is still lurking/checking in on occasion. No big trips planned but my son, daughter and I get out on the water as often as we can. Still appreciate how they've grown into their 50's but still want to get on the water with the old man. Safe travels to all
 
03/08/2024 11:06PM  
Here for another year. Normal June trip planned and as always, it can’t come fast enough.
 
realandrea
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03/14/2024 05:21PM  
Taking my dad up the gunflint for a week this summer since he can’t really do the BWCA anymore. Planning 1-2 trips into the park in 2025, hopefully including my first long awaited solo.
 
Mashuga
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03/16/2024 12:25PM  
I'm still here. We did 2 trips to the BW last year. My wife came along on both trips which were her first times there. Both were base camp trips. She and I have at least one trip planned for this year. There may be more trips in the works too.
 
03/17/2024 01:11PM  

My planned mid-June trip will be 60 years since my first trip to Quetico in 1964 with the Explorer Scouts.
 
Z4K
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03/17/2024 01:24PM  
Happy to be here! I always find myself more active on the board in the winter than in the summer. Two trips last summer, one with a couple family members to Basswood Falls that was cut short by illness and an 11-day solo from Round Lake to Kawishiwi Lake. Permits for E Bearskin and John Lake this year, I guess it's a vento unit year for me! I'll be busy the rest of the summer fixing up a house I just bought here in WI. 20 rods to the lake, 50 rods to the river!


Happy Paddling!
Zac
 
bellolake
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04/15/2024 01:17PM  
I'm still around. Haven't been active on the board for quite a while, but I still check in and lurk about from time to time.
 
mudhen
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04/15/2024 09:59PM  

Here!!! Fishing opener trip in May and another in August with a solo before freeze up. First winter trip this year that I've been working towards for the past year or so! Here's to a great 2024!
 
04/27/2024 05:25PM  
Excited for this year, taking my 15 year old daughter into Lake One on a 5 day trip for her very 1st trip to the Boundary Waters, heading in mid August!
 
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