Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

back in the saddle
by kanoes

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 10/22/2008
Entry & Exit Point: Baker Lake (EP 39)
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
i felt the need to get back up there yet this season. the only goal i had set was to feel comfortable again. journal format...
Day 1 of 3
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

left the house at 5 am.

nice drive, no traffic...but alot of deer both dead and alive. three were grazing in the 61 expressway median.

on the water at about 10:45. one other car parked at the access.

immediately see an otter on baker.

cow moose seen on kelly. eastern shore was hit hard by the blowdown. first time ive seen remnants of it.

jack lake...i think mckenzie needs to update. i couldnt locate the northern most campsite.

weird lake. walked the short portage to see if i can eyeball the one campsite. i can, but i see something odd. binocs reveal a green campchair...damnit! i was planning on camping there. decide to carry the canoe and a paddle over to check it out anyway. it just ends up being someones forgotten gear, tied to a tree, the site is open. nice campsite. 2-3 pad areas. some dead trees around though.

not sure what time it is (forgot my watch) but its chilly! east winds blows. just put on stocking cap and hooded sweatshirt.

all the leaves are gone...reminds my of my may trip.

saw a pine martin on the kelly to jack portage.

its a south facing campsite. thats a good thing this time of year.

someone left a decent pile of wood for me, no need to search today.

pulled out the little thermometer. no wonder im cold, its 42.

talked to a tandem paddling by. they told me i was the first person they had seen in 3 days. i apologized to them for ruining their wilderness experience. we all chuckled. they were on their way out, via sawbill tomorrow.

i feel back to normal so far.

5 moose jawbones laying around this site.

dont feel like cooking. cheese/sausage/crackers it is.

a new use for BDB's?

having a nice fire but still breezy. early rack tonight.