Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

Bubba Slow-Step’s excellent adventure
by inspector13

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/11/2017
Entry Point: Lizz and Swamp Lakes (EP 47)
Exit Point: Meeds Lake (EP 48)  
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
It was one of those trips Boonie was planning where people dropped out one by one. My reputation means a lot to me, so I had to follow through even though two months earlier the company I worked for went into receivership, owing me around $6400 in unpaid wages and vacation time.
Part 1 of 3

Saturday Sept 9th

I meandered my way to Duluth from the East Metro for a wing night Boonie organized at the Duluth Grill. A stop at my garden east of Hinckley provided about a quart of fresh green beans. I would now have to deal with that before the trip began.

The parking lot was full and people were waiting outside to be seated. The first person I saw was Pswith5 (Pete). Boonie (Steve), Hawbakers (Karen), and PuffinGin (Ginny) got there shortly after. The food was good, and the company spectacular. Pete needed a place to stay that night before heading in for a solo trip at Lizz the next morning, so I offered my hospitality. It was another 50 minute drive to my place, due north of Two Harbors.

Dropping d’s in Grand Marais

Sunday Sept 10th

Pete left shortly after sunrise, and I began to process those beans. I was to meet Steve, once again, at Flood Bay wayside by 11:00am. We picked up the canoe and permit at Sawtooth Outfitters, and arrived in Grand Marais in the early afternoon. Not much is open on Sunday in Grand Marais, although the restaurants are. The Beaver House bait shop was also open.

The late lunch at Gunflint Tavern was very good. The house beer I ordered with the meal was too. Around 2:30pm a vehicle carrying a canoe with a Flying Moose decal drove by. We looked for it as we walked back to our cars parked down by the Coast Guard station. Hello to whoever you were.

We checked in at Nelson’s for the night and I began packing my personal gear into the CCS portage pack Steve lent me. He also had lent a tent, sleeping pad, water filter, and a bear vault for my food on this trip.

We ate dinner at My Sister’s Place, and I saved some of my sandwich for breakfast the next morning. It hadn’t been long since eating lunch so I really wasn’t very hungry anyway. I was really tired so we went to bed shortly after sunset.