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02/02/2011 07:43PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
New Trip Report posted by Spartan2

Trip Name: How It All Began (1971 Namakan Loop)

Entry Point: Crane Lake

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02/02/2011 09:01PM  
And 40 years later you're still tripping together! =)
Great report, but an even better STORY.
02/02/2011 09:09PM  
Great story and trip report, thanks for taking the time to find the notes and pictures. It is special that you have shared this memory.

Just keep adding more reports, please.
Boppa
02/02/2011 09:23PM  
I'm working on one now from 1985. Scanning old photos is tedious.
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02/02/2011 09:38PM  
Nice report! Makes me want to keep a journal so my grand-kids can read them in the future.
Ho Ho
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02/02/2011 11:58PM  
What a treat! It's like Christmas ornaments dipped in wax! :-)

My first trip was also in 1971, BTW. But my 2001 trip with Dave-O may be a closer analogy. :-)
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02/03/2011 07:08AM  
Very Cool Spartan2
Thanks for sharing
02/03/2011 07:30AM  
Love it. Thank you.
02/03/2011 08:15AM  
Spartan1 -
What a great trip report - thanks so much for sharing your first journey. Even though it takes work to scan old photos - it's definitely worth it - I really enjoyed them. Your story has made me think a lot about our first trip (Ham Lake to Long Island). Even though I didn't keep a journal, I distinctly remember it as though it was yesterday. I'm thinking it's not too late to record these memories. Thanks for the inspiration to do this.
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02/03/2011 08:37AM  
Very, very nice...thx!
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02/03/2011 10:02AM  
Beautiful story by two beautiful people! Thanks for sharing the memories.
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02/03/2011 11:01AM  
what a wonderful trip report and story!
BWPaddler
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02/03/2011 03:01PM  
I love the original details and prices and time checks... the story, well, it's one for the ages! I bet your son will cherish this report especially!
02/03/2011 03:10PM  
He's heard it most of his life, so for him I think it's pretty ho-hum. :-)
02/03/2011 06:18PM  
Wonderful report! And what a tent! And Tang! - the astronauts drank it! That was good enough for me.
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02/03/2011 06:21PM  
thank you for such a nice report
02/03/2011 06:23PM  
Wow, That was a very nice report and story.
The part I like best is God does answer prayers.
Thank you both.
SunCatcher
02/03/2011 06:31PM  
Boonie--we still take Tang on every canoe trip. It is tradition for us.

The orange drink we had on the first one wasn't very good, so Tang is an improvement, believe it or not.

And did anyone notice (kanoes??) that one of our snacks was Space Food Sticks? I was so glad when kanoes posted that they are still available, as we plan to get some for next year's trip. I think our granddaughter will be most amused. :-)
02/03/2011 07:07PM  
That was awesome! Thanks!

I noticed the space sticks thing. I first learned of them from Kanoe's post about them.

02/03/2011 09:18PM  
Spartan2 - I don't remember the last time I had Tang, probably somewhere around 1969 ;).
BWPaddler
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02/04/2011 11:10AM  
quote Spartan2: "He's heard it most of his life, so for him I think it's pretty ho-hum. :-)"
Does he have kids of his own yet? That story could never be ho hum :-)
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02/04/2011 11:11AM  
quote boonie: "Spartan2 - I don't remember the last time I had Tang, probably somewhere around 1969 ;)."
I refuse to check the label, but am convinced it MUST have more vitamins than the other powdered drinks, so we bring it despite the weight difference with Crystal Light. Orange mustaches all around.
02/04/2011 11:18AM  
quote BWPaddler: "quote Spartan2: "He's heard it most of his life, so for him I think it's pretty ho-hum. :-)"
Does he have kids of his own yet? That story could never be ho hum :-)"


Yes, he has a delightful son who is 4 1/2 years old. Someday I am sure his son will love hearing the story, but he is too young right now to get the impact. ;-)
02/04/2011 11:21AM  
quote BWPaddler: "quote boonie: "Spartan2 - I don't remember the last time I had Tang, probably somewhere around 1969 ;)."
I refuse to check the label, but am convinced it MUST have more vitamins than the other powdered drinks, so we bring it despite the weight difference with Crystal Light. Orange mustaches all around."


Well, BWP, because I have to prepare meals for an insulin-dependent diabetic with history of end-stage kidney disease, I have ALWAYS had to check the labels. FYI: Original Tang has 100% of your RDA of Vitamin C, 10% RDA of Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Vitamin B6 in an 8-ounce serving. Along with 40 calories, 9 grams of sugar. There used to be a sugar-free Tang (I don't know if there still is) but we tried it and we didn't like it.

We don't use a lot of artificial sweeteners as we aren't interested in eating chemicals. Spartan1 counts the carbs and has the sugar. He is slender so he can adjust his insulin accordingly and I NEVER drink (or serve) Tang except on a canoe trip.
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02/07/2011 01:09PM  
Great trip report! Love the pictures and old time equipment that you had compared to today's modern luxuries!
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09/27/2012 06:37PM  
Another enjoyable report! And let me tell you, I may have shrunk an inch or so from my former height of 6'2", but even at THAT height those "Steps" are friggin HIGH on that portage.

Another funny note. On our way "Out" this year, coming into Ham Lake we met a couple ladies whom were on their way back because they couldn't find the "Real" portage. Apparently, they were checking out the same one you'all were! Stated they decided there was no way they could portage THAT and said we "Saved" their trip by coming out on the "Right" portage just as they were paddling in. They were headed for Frost and I hope they made it!
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10/01/2012 09:29PM  
I am enjoying all of your trip reports - they are fun to read! Brings back great memories of those earliest canoe trips in the BWCA/Quetico (also early 70's). Thanks for sharing!
10/02/2012 06:09AM  
Thank you. Ozarkpaddler pulled them up again after a long time, so it is sort of odd having them all up at the top together. ;-)
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01/08/2013 07:34PM  
Spartan2: Just got around to reading your trip report. Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing these treasured memories and photos. --Goose
01/09/2013 07:02PM  
Very cool to look back that far in history. It sure was different back then. No sunscreen, no pfd's, canvas tent, and tang. I also noticed Neil's converse lowtops.

It's nice how the baby plans went perfectly too. Thanks for the write up. I enjoyed the old time pics too.

01/09/2013 10:23PM  
That's a gorgeous story! Thank you for posting this. It does me good to read something so positive.
01/09/2013 11:52PM  
Somehow I missed the original posting of this report so I am happy that it got pulled out of the shadows so I could read it!

Love all the old photos... such a great story to be able to tell your son.

It reminds me that we used to bring "russian tea" camping which was a mix of tang/tea/lemonade/spices. Might have to resurrect that recipe for the boys!

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01/10/2013 02:46AM  
Sounds like you were quiet the trooper. Great old time report. Loved the picture of the old car, why didn't we put them old classics in storage? Think of what they would be worth now. I had a 1969 Dodge Charger Special Edition Limited Edition with the Hemi engine. Sure wish I had that car back. FRED
01/13/2013 09:33PM  
That was our first brand-new car. It had paisley-print vinyl on the top and also the upholstery trim, dark brown. (actually much richer and prettier than it sounds.) It was gorgeous, and to this day I remember it fondly!! :-)
 
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