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Angleworm to Stuart River 7/17-7/25
by Eglath

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/16/2004
Entry Point: Angleworm Lake (EP 20)
Exit Point: Stuart River (EP 19)  
Number of Days: 9
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
We bring minimal gear--tent, cookset, small stove, fishing gear, sleeping bags, journals, and not much food (two clif bars per person per day, 1/4 lb. of trial mix per person per day and a packet of Vigo beans and rice to share each night), as we usually catch a fish or so a day to eat. We travel in a 15 ft. woodstrip canoe made from redwood with black ash accents that was constructed by my camping partner and his father about ten years ago. This trip would be a true adventure, as neither of us had traveled through, or camped in, the heart of a PMA before.
Day 1 of 9
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Twin Cities to Ely via Duluth

Contrary to our normal routine in beginning a trip (we usually leave late at night, arriving even later in Duluth, sleeping for a few hours and then heading to the EP early), this time we left the Twin Cities around noon, stopped in Duluth for dinner and our permit, then continued up Highway 61 to Highway 2 towards Ely. We cruised into Ely shortly after 7 p.m., picked up some leeches, filled the gas tank and headed north up the Echo Trail, arriving at our campsite at the Fenske Lake campground just after 8 o'clock. We surveyed the site, set up the tent, then sat around the fire, re-strung our fishing rods and talked, too excited to go to sleep. Eventually, we did go to bed, around 11 o'clock.