Horse River May7-11
I leave work at 2:00 and go home to finish packing. Gas up the car, load the new Prism on top and hit the highway at 4:15 bound for Ely and a rendezvous with the platy festers at Cranberries. Approximate ETA is 9:00. The drive up in non-eventful save for the occasional gust of crosswind that makes my heart jump as the canoe flexes to absorb the blow. No problems, but I do still hate car topping a canoe in strong crosswinds.
I arrive at Cranberries at 8:30 well ahead of my time and see Nibimocs Mazda with Becca on board along Sheridan Street. Having never met Becca yet that is my first stop. I walk over to her, gently stroke her bow and admire the beauty. I am sure I was there for only a few seconds, but I enjoyed every moment.
After this brief interlude with the stripper, I make my way to Cranberries. I find Nibi, Ragamuffin and Kevin in the restaurant where they are finishing dinner and having a beer. I sit down and order a Leini’s Creamy Dark to wet my whistle. Hoho and his friend David walk in to find us in the restaurant. We chat for a little while before heading over to the bar.
You can tell it is off-season. It is now 9:30 on a Friday night and save for the platyfest crew, the lady behind the bar and three on stools the place is empty. Next weekend will be a different story I am sure. We continue our conversation and end up leaving Cranberries about 10:30. Rags has to head back to Moose Lake, Hoho and David to Farm Lake and Kevin, Nibi and I to VNO bunkhouses. Kevin is also headed in, in the morning for a weeklong solo entering EP16 Moose River and headed for LLC.
Nibi and I talk about the trip, discuss the route for tomorrow and morning plans. We hit the sack about 11:00 and will wake up about 6-6:30 for breakfast at 7:00.
Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Tin Can Mike Lake, Horse Lake