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EP-47: Lizz-Gaskin-Meeds loop 6/2013
by MuDandPhuD

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/03/2013
Entry & Exit Point: Lizz and Swamp Lakes (EP 47)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
We were a bit nervous about this trip as it was the first time that we were heading into the BWCA just the two of us and PhuD was 7 weeks pregnant.
Day 1 of 5
Monday, June 03, 2013

We headed up to Grand Marais on Sunday night for dinner at Sven and Oles. We then continued up the Gunflint trail and stayed at Rockwood outfitters the night before our trip. We woke around 7AM, got ready for the day and had a breakfast of biscuits and gravy at Trail Center before we loaded up our rented Spirit II and took off across Poplar.

Our paddle across poplar was uneventful with a mild east breeze to out backs. We double portage as PhuD has chronic hypermobility (EDS type III) and is not able to carry much weight. MuD carried the canoe and food pack on the first go and the gear pack on the second trip. PhuD was responsible for the sleeping bag, pads and clothes. On to Liz which was quiet, clear and gorgeous. The portage and paddle through Caribou were uneventful and we were having a great time just getting away from society and into the wilderness. We headed down through the south arm of Horseshoe to Gaskin, where we would stay for the next two nights. Towards the end of Horseshoe we were getting tired and stopped for a little snack of jerky and dried fruit. The first campsite on Gaskin was taken and the second one we came across was open. It lies on a peninsula on the south end and had nice tent pads. We set up camp and started in on dinner, Steak with mushroom risotto-the idea we originally got from McVacek on our last outing with them. Dinner was had, dishes were washed, and we ended the night sitting in front of the fire playing cards. There was an awesome sunset this night and we didn't miss the opportunity to take a few pictures.