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Kawishiwi Lake to Snowbank 2012
by SA07

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/10/2012
Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Exit Point: Snowbank Lake (EP 27)  
Number of Days: 9
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
Our crew is unique in many ways: 4 women, ages 23-71, representing completely different career paths, all with some wilderness experience. We've all done trips through the Girl Scouts' Northern Lakes Canoe Base run by Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council, but we wanted to test our skills on our own- without a guide. Terry had about a dozen trips under her belt through the NLCB and with friends, I had 5, Tauna had 3, and Carolyn had 1 through the base plus other experience with friends. We spent nearly a year preparing for this trip: picking out an outfitter, deciding what we needed from them, picking and researching a route that we thought would be doable with our experience levels, and planning a menu.
Day 1 of 9
Friday, August 10, 2012

We arrived at our “guide’s” house at the designated time to stow our gear in her vehicle and head for Crooked Lake Resort. We decided months ago that we wanted a couple of days to prep for the trip and double check that we had our gear. We arrived at the cabin at about 2, got checked in, enjoyed the lake and the dock, sorted gear, and made dinner over the fire. I made pork chops, corn on the cob, and brownies. We all settled in with a book after dinner and had a relaxing evening enjoying the relative stillness of the resort.