The Namesake Trip - Davis/Frost loop
Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/25/2009
Entry & Exit Point: Baker Lake (EP 39)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
A few years ago, one of my tripping partners, Ted Davis, noticed the close proximity of Davis Lake to the lake that shares my last name, Frost Lake. The Davis/Frost loop idea was born but would take a while to become a reality. We finally got serious about it in the spring of 2009 and planning took place. It would be a fall trip and we decided on Baker Lake (ep 39) as a starting point. We agreed to not follow a tight agenda but instead to let the weather and our will dictate our travel. The tentative route would begin at Baker Lake, with an afternoon start, and head through South Temperance, Brule and the Cones to reach Davis Lake. From there, we would head somehow to Long Island and West to Frost Lake. After Frost, our travels would go through Cherokee to Sawbill and then finish up by going East through the Fire Chain back to the Temperance River and out again at Baker. I reserved a Baker Lake permit for September 25th and slowly over the summer we prepared for The Namesake Trip.
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Day 1 of 8
Friday, September 25, 2009 The September weather had been gorgeous, a nice extension to an otherwise cool summer. It was warm, muggy and overcast when Ted picked me up at 5:30 a.m. A June trip up to the Gunflint had told me that it was about 7 1/2 hours to the Ranger Station in Tofte. We loaded the Tahoe and headed North through Madison to pick up the interstate. The drive up through Wisconsin was uneventful as the clouds parted, and by the time we reached Two Harbors, it was a clear, warm, breezy day. A Subway sandwich was topped off with a wedge of Blueberry alamode from Betty's Pies. We finished off our desert at a pull off rocky point and watched the waves crash over the Lake Superior shore. The wind off the big lake had a crispness to it that finally reminded us that it was September.