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Father's and Son's
by nla12

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/09/2011
Entry & Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 8
Trip Introduction:
With 4 middle aged dad's and 4 strong, but inexperienced son's, we were excited to spend some time together before the boys started their senior year. We were looking for time together, enjoying the wilderness and catching a few fish. All goals were accomplished. We had a blast and created a trip full of memories!
Day 1 of 5
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

After driving up from the Twin Cities, we spent the first night with our outfitter, Jordan’s. Mark was a wonderful host. He and his wife made us a pancake breakfast before hitting the road at about 7:30 on Tuesday morning. After a 45 minute drive to EP16, we were unloaded and on the trail by about 8:30. Despite the good breakfast and adrenalin pumping, that first 160r portage was still a challenge. At that point we realized we were going to do some work. Not knowing what we were capable of, we decided that a good campsite on the north end of Agnes would be our goal for the day. After making that by 1:30, we pushed on and made it to a fantastic 5 star site on LLC by 3:30. It was a great days work. With a strong sense of accomplishment, we set up camp and got the fishing poles out. As none of us had been in a canoe for any length of time prior to our trip, we decided to stay on land and messed around fishing from shore while Mark C. got our spaghetti going. After an hour or so Bill had a few small walleyes so I cleaned them and boiled the fillets to make our pasta dinner more worthy of the north woods.