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09/23/2010 11:10AM
New Trip Report posted by Amok

Trip Name: I'm Alive!.

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ShakestheClown
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09/23/2010 11:20AM
Nice report! I'm not sure if those are pictographs either, but you are to be commended on your orienteering skills in the retrieval of your lifejacket.
09/23/2010 11:51AM
Ty! It's pretty easy to go almost due south or north :) Paddling around three mile island was a bit of a challenge, there was a spot before Wolf Point that sure LOOKED like it wasn't still the same island. There are quite a few small islands in that lake that made navigation interesting. And there is one campsite that I never did find .... I should have been able to see it just west of my site.
SevenofNine
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09/23/2010 02:05PM
Thanks for sharing a nice story. You are to be commended for striking out alone. Always a tough thing to do but I have found once you get going and once you are out there things improve.

alpine525
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09/23/2010 03:37PM
Very nice trip report - and photos. Great job retrieving (bushwhacking) your PFD - wouldn't want to be on Seagull without one. We camped on Three Mile Island a few years back (east side) on a great spot with a nice sandy beach - and caught walleye off the rocks there. It's a great spot! Best wishes for good health - and many more paddling trips to come!
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09/23/2010 04:12PM
Amok,
What an uplifting trip report on many levels. Congrats on your adventure and your improved health. I found the following verse in Ecclesiastes, it looks like the wind has been around a long time.

Ecclesiastes 1
6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.

I also have an Old Towne Kaynoe that I took on a solo this year. It did well in the wind for me and was easy to fish from.
09/23/2010 06:04PM
7of9, you are right, it did get easier. I didn't want to leave! Once I was there, I knew EXACTLY why I went :)
09/23/2010 06:05PM
Hey Alpine, I'm wondering if that's the place I left my PFD? It's got a neat area just west of the 'beach' that is all rock, kindof a point even, that one could get up onto and fish from. And yeah, Seagull would not be a good idea without one, that's why I went back for it on land.
09/23/2010 06:07PM
Gunflinter, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks :) There are lots of gems in Ecclesiastes.

It's also nice to know that somebody else uses a short, fat canoe up there. It handled well, no, even better in the wind than it does when it's calm. (better tracking, ha)
lars54
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09/23/2010 06:58PM
thanks for the trip report and nice pictures. glad to hear that
things are going better for you, hope you have many more trips
in your future
09/23/2010 08:13PM
Ty lars. I thought I'd taken enough pics, but discovered that I was wishing I had even more. Imagine that. I have no excuse, these were all digital (no film involved!)
09/23/2010 09:47PM
My hat's off to you, Amok. You've beaten cancer, had a successful solo trip, and lived to tell about it all. You have good reason to be happy. Maybe you'll want to take a 10-day trip in the spring?
arctic
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09/23/2010 10:26PM
I enjoyed your report, Amok. I hope you have many, many more canoe trips in store. BTW, Seagull is one of my favorite areas south of the border.
09/23/2010 10:31PM
Hey Koda, life is good :) I am planning a 7-10 day trip in the spring, but not a solo. Even though it may end up being one .... (we've got canoe issues)
09/23/2010 10:33PM
Thanks Arctic. I've been up to Trail's End quite a few times, and that area will remain one of my favorites I think.
sloughman
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09/23/2010 10:46PM
Nice report. Sounds very relaxing and just what you needed. Thanks for sharing.
09/23/2010 11:40PM
quote Amok: "Hey Koda, life is good :) I am planning a 7-10 day trip in the spring, but not a solo. Even though it may end up being one .... (we've got canoe issues)"

My trip plan for next May is to go from Isabella Lake to the Kawishiwi Triangle and exit at EP32, traveling solo, for 10 days. That will probably entail 5 layover days. I can bring one solo boat, two solo boats, or a solo and a tandem. Right now I'm interested in sharing the idea in case anyone wants to play.
SevenofNine
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09/24/2010 07:59AM
quote Amok: "7of9, you are right, it did get easier. I didn't want to leave! Once I was there, I knew EXACTLY why I went :)"

One more thing, I hate bushwhacking so you da man for that adventure!
alpine525
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09/24/2010 08:21AM
Amok - The spot where you left your PFD - the large rock which you refer to - is the place where I caught my very first walleye!
wawasee
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09/24/2010 08:25AM
Congrats on beating cancer! The trip was a bonus and it allowed you some time to reflect on what is really important in life. I hope you live a long life! God Bless you Amok
09/24/2010 09:20AM
quote sloughman: "Nice report. Sounds very relaxing and just what you needed. Thanks for sharing."

It was exactly what I needed, except it could have been a little longer. But aren't all trips a little too short? haha
09/24/2010 09:21AM
quote alpine525: "Amok - The spot where you left your PFD - the large rock which you refer to - is the place where I caught my very first walleye!"

COOL! I was in "sightseeing" mode at the time, so I didn't take any time to fish while touring the site.
09/24/2010 09:22AM
quote Koda: "quote Amok: "Hey Koda, life is good :) I am planning a 7-10 day trip in the spring, but not a solo. Even though it may end up being one .... (we've got canoe issues)"


My trip plan for next May is to go from Isabella Lake to the Kawishiwi Triangle and exit at EP32, traveling solo, for 10 days. That will probably entail 5 layover days. I can bring one solo boat, two solo boats, or a solo and a tandem. Right now I'm interested in sharing the idea in case anyone wants to play."


That would be fun. Throw me some dates and I'll see if it's something I could do :) I've wanted to see that area. It's on my 'do to' list. (and the wife would feel way more comfortable in a 'group' solo setting!)
09/24/2010 09:24AM
quote wawasee: "Congrats on beating cancer! The trip was a bonus and it allowed you some time to reflect on what is really important in life. I hope you live a long life! God Bless you Amok"

Thanks, Wawasee. The Lord has already blessed me :) I'm still here :D May you also live long (and prosper! haha)
09/24/2010 09:28AM
quote SevenofNine: "quote Amok: "7of9, you are right, it did get easier. I didn't want to leave! Once I was there, I knew EXACTLY why I went :)"


One more thing, I hate bushwhacking so you da man for that adventure!"


I've decided I am not a big fan of it, either. I'm glad I found this out BEFORE planning some sort of bushwhacking trip! Tho it would be nice to get to Rangeline someday ...
pswith5
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09/25/2010 09:53PM
Nice and inspirational trip report!! I still haven't had the courage to take a solo trip. You give me hope that I can get out on one soon. May your Blessings continue!!
09/25/2010 11:03PM
quote pswith5: "Nice and inspirational trip report!! I still haven't had the courage to take a solo trip. You give me hope that I can get out on one soon. May your Blessings continue!! "

Thanks! You will definately take a solo sometime. Just remember that you can't plan too much and can never be 'too' careful. And you'll forget something :)
09/26/2010 08:37AM
Amok. Great report and thanks for sharing.
09/26/2010 06:15PM
Thank you, Ducks :)
BWPaddler
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09/27/2010 02:31PM
Good for you Amok!! Love how you made the trip your own and took notes on all the camp sites. That means you're going back you know!! Congrats on joining the Survivor Club - the one we didn't ask to join, but are da*n glad to belong to now!!
09/27/2010 04:15PM
You betcha I'm glad to be a part of the club :) Too bad membership is such a B*TCH!
Arkansas Man
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10/02/2010 09:25AM
Amok,
Congrats on defeating the big "C"!! A trip like that was just what you needed! I know what that feeling is like! In 2008 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer the first week in June! I went on a BWCA trip with 3 newbies the last week in June, we did the Loop through Little Indian Souix, covered about 46 miles in 7 days. I got home on Sunday, rested Monday, and had Brachytherapy done on Tuesday. Took 10 months to get over the radiation, and over a year to get finished with some of the side effects...
Took a great trip with my wife this past summer! And life is good again!

Good Report!

Bruce
tremolo
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10/02/2010 02:22PM
thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. May you have many many more such trips.
kanoes
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10/02/2010 03:11PM
nice report amok, and glad youre "back". a wonderful way to celebrate "life II".
vickieh69
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10/02/2010 05:58PM
Nice report and very happy that you were/are able to continue with your passions. Hope you have many more to share.
10/02/2010 10:14PM
quote Arkansas Man: "Amok,
Congrats on defeating the big "C"!! A trip like that was just what you needed! I know what that feeling is like! In 2008 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer the first week in June! I went on a BWCA trip with 3 newbies the last week in June, we did the Loop through Little Indian Souix, covered about 46 miles in 7 days. I got home on Sunday, rested Monday, and had Brachytherapy done on Tuesday. Took 10 months to get over the radiation, and over a year to get finished with some of the side effects...
Took a great trip with my wife this past summer! And life is good again!


Good Report!


Bruce"


I'm still dealing with some of the side effects of chemo, but I'm getting better :) The next big challenge is finding a new job ... Glad you got back on your feet also!!!
10/02/2010 10:15PM
quote tremolo: "thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. May you have many many more such trips."

Hey Tremolo, I hope to trip more too.
10/02/2010 10:15PM
quote kanoes: "nice report amok, and glad youre "back". a wonderful way to celebrate "life II"."

Yup :) It was just what I needed. Now if only I could make this winter go by fast so I can get back up there again!
10/02/2010 10:17PM
quote vickieh69: "Nice report and very happy that you were/are able to continue with your passions. Hope you have many more to share."

Hi Vickie, I am finding more enjoyment in a lot of the little things now :) And I am hoping to share future trips.
10/26/2010 10:35AM
Hi Amok - Great Trip report! Congratulations on winning the September contest. Mary Jo, my dog Freddie and myself daytripped on Sea Gull last Friday and Saturday Oct. 22 and 23.

You are right. Sea Gull is a very interesting lake. The campsites were very good. We took a break at the one you camped at. On Friday we went to the Palisades and continued west. Southwest wind 10-15. We found that campsite that should have been insight of yours. It was on the west side of that island in a little cove.

We explored the west side of Three Mile Island to the tip and then to the west on Saturday. East wind 10-15.

Hope to see you again at a Wing Night.

Zulu
10/26/2010 02:49PM
Thanks, Zulu! I'm going to be going back there sometime. I never did see the pallisades :( I was also going to check out the portage to Jap Lake, but decided against it with the wind that day. Going around 3 mile island was enough for me! I also never went down the west side of the next island over. I checked the east side out at least 3x, tho. Silly maps :) I'm starting to wonder if the east wind is a constant on that lake ...

I didn't know I had won the Sep trip report contest. COOL! Not bad for a first report :D I'm thinking I'll take more pics the next time, there were a few times I wished I had pictures of certain things I wrote about.
bapabear
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11/09/2010 10:29PM
Good read! I love the first picture of your canoe tied up and the foggy morning. The story of the bushwhack to find your PFD was a good one. I'd say you made a good choice to do that.
11/10/2010 12:27AM
Thanks, Bapabear! I've always wondered if I could 'find' my way around like that. What better place to try it than on an island? I only wish that I had taken a pic of my PFD when I found it!
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08/09/2011 11:43AM
Amok wrote: " Fortunately, I get to live another day. The BW was what I needed before getting back to reality."
rlhedlund
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08/09/2011 12:36PM
Thank you Amok. RIP.
kanoes
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08/09/2011 07:30PM
love you.
08/10/2011 08:08AM
I always had the problem of trying to see and do too much when I did my trips. After reading how Amok wished he had seen other areas, taken more pictures etc... think I will be worse.
08/11/2011 05:28PM
I am very sad after reading this. But on the other hand, I'm happy for him that he was able to do this trip. Sounds like he thoroughly enjoyed himself.
Ozarker
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08/11/2011 09:42PM
Thanks for sharing Amok. I hope your family holds the BWCAW dear to their hearts as much as you did.
nojobro
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08/12/2011 08:09AM
4125 forever. Sad. :(
Stormjack
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09/05/2011 04:44PM
I just read Phil's trip report for the first time. What a great trip! I'm so thankful he was able to do this.
 
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