Horse River May7-11
by Bogwalker

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/08/2004
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This was the first trip of the year and with my new solo canoe I purchased over the winter.
Day 2 of 5
Saturday May 8, 2004
Nibi and I wake on time and head to Cranberries for a quick breakfast at 7:00. After a couple of omelets we are off to EP 23 Mudro Lake entry.
The drive along Echo trail is fine save for the BMW who thought he was driving at Lemans and almost takes Nibi and both out on a curve. We arrive at Chain Saw sisters a little past 8:00 and head up to pay for our parking.
It is at this point I notice I forgot to fill my water bottle at VNO this morning so I ask one of the sisters if they have some water. It has been so cold yet they have not turned on their water so I end up buying a bottle of water from them to get me started. Nibi discovers he made the same error and buys a bottle as well. We have a short conversation with the sister and head out.
We take our time unloading, getting gear organized, canoes outfitted, and boots on etc. After a few minutes we head down the short portage to Picket creek with the saloon dogs following us. The retriever acts like he needs to join us, but soon departs leaving us in peace. It is a fairly calm morning with broken clouds and temps in the upper 40’s, great weather to start the trip.
Both Nibi and I have a moment with our new canoes introducing them to the BWCAW and Nibi Christens Becca’s bow with Picket Creek water before we climb on board and put our paddles in the water.
What a feeling that first paddle stroke is. The canoe responds, the slight breeze in my face, the calm water being broken by the stroke, the swirl and whirlpool in the water and the slight wake as the bow cuts through the water. Nibi and I check each other’s trim and we both are in good shape. I bought a new CCS pack for in behind me for most of my gear, which fits the canoe like a glove. I also have a daypack with my food that rides in the stern providing weight and trim up front