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Father / Daughter Trip
by Woods Walker

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/08/2012
Entry & Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
I started taking my family to the BWCA when my daughter Jessica was 12 years old. My wife, son & daughter did several trips & we usually brought other family with too. The last couple of years my daughter Jessica has been pretty busy with stuff teenage girls are busy with, if you know what I mean. So I started taking an annual guy's trip with my now 17 year old son Colten, my brother Todd & his 12 year old son William. While planning the guy's trip this year, Jessica said she would really like to take another trip, but she wanted it to be just her & I. Now this dad is not going to pass up a chance to spend some quality time with my now turning 19 year old daughter Jessica. I decided we would go in EP #16 Moose River North.
Day 1 of 5
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I had to work this day, but only living 4 hours from Ely has its advantages. Our plan was to get up at 2:00 am & drive up. We would then pick up our permit & hopefully be on the water by 8:00 am. These plans changed, we decided that since my work day ends at 2:00 pm, we would have plenty of time to drive up & find a place to stay. We were getting our permit from Voyagers North Outfitters & I have stayed in their apartment rooms many of times, so was hopping that Lynn & John would have a room open when we got there.

Earlier this summer I bought a commuter car for work, driving the full size Dodge truck was costing me a car payment, so I bought a Chevy Cruze which I average 32.5 mpg with. Wanting to save money on this & future BWCA trips, I decided to build a canoe trailer. I had just finished it 2 days prior to this trip. This would be the maiden voyage for the trailer & car.

We arrived in Ely & the trailer worked AWESOME !!! I got 32.4 mpg pulling the trailer !!! We got to at VNO at 7:00 pm, Lynn was surprised to see us. We got our permit & were lucky to get Lynn's last room for the night. It is always nice to visit with Lynn or John before our trips out of Ely. We walked down to Shopko for some tooth paste & then the DQ for a treat. We were in bed by 9:00 pm.