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Girls on Slim
by BWPaddler

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/29/2011
Entry & Exit Point: Slim Lake (EP 6)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 3
Trip Introduction:
NOTE: "dd1" = dear daughter #1; "dd2" = dear daughter #2; "ds" = dear son; "dh" = dear husband; "C" = friend of dd1 ============================================================== Mid-way through 2011, dd1 started thinking about the BWCA trip we usually make in the Fall, near her birthday and mine. She asked if this year she could pick our route, because a) it was near her birthday, and b) she wanted to avoid long portages :) As September rolled around, it looked like this would be a mother-daughter trip, since I had already done separate BWCA trips this year with dd2 and ds. Then, dd1 got a brilliant idea to include "C". The girls met and reviewed maps briefly - then jumped at the chance to paddle a small set of lakes near Ely at EP #6 with hardly any portages. Several entry points were closed at this time due to the Pagami Creek wildfire that was burning in the BWCA. We had to select from entries that were north and west of the fire area. The trip would prove to be a good one for me - a lesson in flexibility and enjoying the moment. I didn't paddle all the lakes I wanted to paddle, or see all the things I wanted to see... but I did NAP! and I did giggle, and I did discover that today's teenagers can be a LOT of fun to travel and paddle with... I think "C" and dd1 also had a good time; and they learned that camping can be fun, ashes can be makeup, and jelly beans and gum belong in the bear vault :) I'd paddle with either of them again and again and again... and I hope we do. Girls Rock!
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, September 29, 2011

We had a couple pre-trip planning sessions, and gear was exchanged and packs were fitted. We selected the Souris River Quetico 18.5 as our canoe of choice for three people (otherwise known as "Snot" or "Relish" or "Water Moccasin" depending on who you ask).

At last, we 3 "girls" set out on a Thursday night after dance class for a wilderness adventure. We picked up Subway to fuel us, and thought we were headed north. Someone approached us at a stoplight and gave us dh's keys that were on the bumper of the truck - uh oh! A detour back home to return them, and we were off! The wind was CRAZY strong, and I worried the whole way if the canoe would simply crack in half with the pressure. I was glad to get protection from the trees the farther north we drove, but the wind was brutal the entire drive. In between worrying, we giggled and talked and texted our way to Ely, where Voyageur North had a bunk room waiting for us. Last call for electronics before they are banned for the rest of the trip :)

We passed a firefighter's jacket in the kitchen area and retired to our beds. "C" was hoping to meet a firefighter and tell them that her dad was also in that line of work. They were all sleeping when we got there after midnight, but it was cool to know they were resting up for another day battling the Pagami Creek wildfire.