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First Loop Trip - Father and Son
by spankatolla

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/29/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This trip was to be my dad's first and a trip for three generations all at once. My dad got a virus five days before we were to leave. I held out for as long as I could, but an hour before departure we came to the conclusion dad wasn't recovered enough to make the trip. Therefore the trip would consist of Jake, my son, and myself.
Day 1 of 8
Friday/Saturday, May 28 & 29, 2010

Today is a travel day, but plenty to do. We had everything packed for three people (food, tent, gear, and canoe). I had already began thinking of worse case scenario (dad not going) and had to get our six packs down to four, get a lighter canoe (we were using a 100# aluminum) and get a smaller tent (had a heavy 4 man dome tent). My buddy Manny helped with the tent and canoe option. We got on the road and headed to Rice Lake, where we spent the night with my aunt. Woke early the next morning, for we had to go to Seagull Outfitters to pick up Manny's newly purchased canoe and get over to Ely. Got a speeding ticket going through Cascade State Park (I did slow down, just not enough) and made it to Ely in enough time to go to Red Rock and take a Souris River for a test run. Very nice canoes. Checked in at Voyeguer North and went to go scope out the entry point. Word to the wise, don't take the trail out of Winton, take the echo trail north. Got back into town to visit the Ely cam, and dad took a picture of us. Still had to finish organizing the four packs and crashed.