A Paddling Partner for Life, Part 5. A Quick Little Fall Adventure
by Kiporby

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 10/08/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Seagull Lake Only (EP 54A)
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 3
Trip Introduction:
A trip planned on a total whim. Isn't that the best way?! :) My brother had been talking about buying a used canoe for some time now and finally decided to pull the trigger. Debbie at Seagull Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail had a 2008 Bell Northwind for sale, so we decided to drive up together and make a weekend trip out of the deal. And of course, Lauren would join us and I decided to give our dog Molly a test run on her first trip as well. Never taken a dog on a canoe trip before, nor I have been to the BWCA in October before.
Day 2 of 3
Saturday, October 09, 2010

We woke with the rising sun and stepped out of the tent to a chilly morning. Nothing a good camp fire, hot cocoa and breakfast couldn't cure. Pancakes and sausage was on the menu.

Today would be spent lounging around camp and fishing. We didn't paddle too far from camp, but did fish around Miles Island, Seagull Rock and did a bit of trolling on the big water. By mid-day is was getting pretty warm (60's I'd guess) and the lake was very calm. Aside from the dog rocking the boat from time to time, we enjoyed just casually drifting around all day. The fishing was again slow, but we did manage to catch a couple nice pike at the base of the Palisades. One was about 25 inches and the other 35 inches. We kept the 25 incher for dinner and boy did he taste good with the Cajun flavored Shorelunch and hashbrowns.

Evening time brought out another gorgeous sunset and we again enjoyed some quality star gazing, some shore fishing and a warm fire. I managed to catch a nice sized laker (25 inches plus) from shore on a Chartreuse Wiggle Wart. We even got to hear a pack of wolves in the distance howling! Very cool!

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