Quetico 2012:Beaverhouse, Q, Jean, Burntside
by Mad Birdman
Brian bought a canoe this year, so we switched it and the canoe rack to my truck at Brett’s house in Sun Prairie, WI at 11:00am. Southern WI (like most of the Midwest) was in a deep drought this summer and early fall, and we get about the strongest rain in months just at the time we are strapping Brian’s canoe and rack to my truck. We made it to Duluth to meet up with Greg and Pete (who flew in there) at Gander Mountain to pick up some last-minute fishing supplies, and then convoyed to Virginia to have dinner at the SawMill. Had rain on and off during the day, with some pretty heavy stuff as we headed towards Crane Lake. We made it to the Pine Ridge Hotel/Anderson’s outfitters by 9:30pm, and started our gear sorting in the cabin there.
While sitting on the couch there, I smelled a distinctive smell. After looking underneath, my eyes verified what my nose was telling me: dead mouse. We tossed it out, and this (a rodent encounter) would prove to be a recurring theme throughout the next week.