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Annual Adventure
by Itchy Menace

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/18/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
This was our third annual trip together. Me, my oldest daughter Jane, my brother, his two daughters and his girlfriend. I've been doing trips to the BWCA for 14 years, many with my brother, but doing a family trip can be a very different experience. We've fallen into a pretty comfortable routine and the girls look forward to it all year long. There is an unmistakable power and sense of pride that comes from seeing how my own daughter has learned to handle these experiences and become and outdoor adventurer. This trip was also the maiden voyage for my new four person Bell Northshore canoe. It had spent too much time in the garage and was ready for the freedom of open water.
Day 1 of 5
Sunday, July 18, 2010

We left Minneapolis at 8:30am. Normally we leave earlier but my stupid brother works overnights and couldn't switch. Oh well. We rented a trailer from fellow board member analyzer which worked great and was a good deal. We were able to all ride in one car with my Bell Northshore and Grumman on the boat rack and all of our gear stowed in the storage compartment.

I never met analyzer as my brother made all the arrangements, but the trailer worked out great for us.

The kids dozed in back and we made good time. Our first stop was the country kitchen in Virginia. It was nothing to write home about and the air conditioner kept things so cold I was tempted to get my down sleeping bag out, but everyone was happy to have a break and fill their gullets.

After eating, it was a short drive to the Cook ranger station for the permit and then up the echo trail to our entry point.

Once on the water everyone was excited. The weather was perfect and we were happy. The paddle up the Little Indian Sioux was casual with a few stops along the way. Every year the kids get a little more patient but after 1/2 hour sitting in the boat they become restless. Such is the nature of family camping.

When we reached Upper Pauness lake, we grabbed the second site. The first appeared pretty over grown and unused. The kids went swimming, steaks were grilled and my new katadyn basecamp made water filtering a snap. After dinner, the requisite marshmallows were roasted and everyone piled into the tent before the swarms of mosquitoes devoured us. Some stories were read and everyone drifted to sleep. My brother snoring quite soundly to assure us all he wasn't to be bothered.