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Trip Report - Ensign
by Dbor

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/01/2015
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 9
Trip Introduction:
Near disaster at the beginning of the trip. Thanks to all that helped out.
Day 1 of 4
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Spent Friday night at Williams and Hall. Kids loved being right on the lake. Blayne is a great host.  I have been on numerous trips, and my buddy just one with his teenage sons. This was the first trip for my three kids (6, 9 and 11) and for my friends other two kids (9 and 11). I prepared an easy trip as it was the first time in a canoe for 5 kids. We paid for the boat ride to the first portage at Splash Lake. Then there was just the one small portage and we were base-camping on Ensign. As luck would have it people at the portage told us that sites 1276 and 1229 were open. Both are 5 star large campsites. We elected to stay at 1229. It was a great site. Lots of room. Incredible views, and decent fishing from shore. 

The kitchen is elevated and you can see for miles. Steaks with rice never tasted better.

First night it started to drizzle at around 2 AM. By 230 the torrential downpour, big lightning and thunder were hitting us. Kids took it well but were a little scared when the big gusts of wind flexed the tent. It was my biggest storm I have been in while sleeping in a tent. Nice to see my tent took it and did not fail me.