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Silence....what silence????
by WenSheff7

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/01/2019
Entry & Exit Point: Clearwater Lake (EP 62)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 9
Trip Introduction:
First trip with all 5 kids, two new comers to the BW experience and our shepherd pup! Lets just say it was loaded with challenges, laughs, bickering and lots of exploring.
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, August 01, 2019 My husband has done many trips prior to meeting me and we have gone every year together since. This was the first year we brought all 5 (we made the rule of age 9 to come). To add to the chaos we had 5 seasoned BWCA goers and 4 new comers. We drove up from Iowa in 2 vehicles and set camp on Flour Lake the first night, explored the town, ate out and got our feet wet with some fishing. That night we had everyone do a gear check and get there packs situated (straps fit to each person and divided the common gear up). We went over the route with everyone, discussed the "tentative plan/route" and goals while out. Please try to picture our group in your minds and you may understand the chaos that was about to ensue the next day! We had a 41(seasoned), 40(new), 37(seasoned), 15(new), 13(seasoned), 12(seasoned), 11(seasoned), & two 9(both new) year old's along with a 7 month old german shepherd pup(new). We discussed the plan incase we couldn't find a campsite (happened the year before) and what our options where so that we where well prepared and no one was surprised with a change of plans while on the move. Of course, just as the night was falling my 9 year old daughter ended up with a bee sting on her hand. We settled in for the night with excitement in the air and sleep on the mind.