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Clearwater Lake With My Wife
by jamotrade

Trip Type: Motor
Entry Date: 08/11/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Clearwater Lake (EP 62)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
I have done over 20 BWCA trips and my wife has done 5. Neither one of us had ever used a motorized permit in the BWCA so we decided that this would be a nice chance to experience the wilderness with our dog, Slim Jim, who is too big and unsteady for canoe trips. We entered the lottery for the permit in January and had to wait for 8 months before we hit the water.
Day 1 of 5
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tawney and I left Minnetonka at around noon with our boat in tow and headed for Clearwater Lodge off the Gunflint Trail. Made it through the traffic in Duluth without much of a problem. Once we got past Two Harbors the weather turned to fog and drizzle and by the time we turned onto the Gunflint Trail it was a steady light rain. We found Clearwater Lodge and checked in to our B&B room at around 6pm. What a beautiful place! Took a few minutes to explore the property and headed up to Trail Center for dinner just as the sun began to peek out from the clouds. Dinner was very good and we washed it down with a few beers before we headed back to the lodge. On the way back we stopped and made the short hike up to the top of Honeymoon Bluff to see the sunset. The panoramic view of several lakes was a nice way to end the day and to set the tone for the beauty of the next several days.