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Sawbill, Easy-Breezy
by bottomtothetap

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/03/2020
Entry & Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
After dozens of BWCA adventures, I had never been to Sawbill Lake so decided to give it a try for this year's outing--a trip taken with my childhood friend and frequent canoe trip partner Craig, our mutual friend Steve, who had been on a number of trips before, including with Craig but never with me, and Jeff, our chiropractor, who had never been to the BWCA before this season
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, September 03, 2020 After getting loaded up at my house in St. Cloud, MN we departed late in the morning and were on our way to Lake Superior's North Shore and eventually Sawbill Lake. We arrived early in the evening at Superior Ridge near Schroeder, MN, our home for the first night. Their two-bedroom condo, with kitchen, was an ideal set-up for our group of four guys and allowed us to cook and enjoy an evening meal right there. Craig's skills at the charcoal grill meant we were able to feast on some of the best grilled salmon any of us had ever tasted. That, along with the delicious asparagus and potatoes, capped by a dessert of fresh watermelon home-grown in Craig's garden, indicated we would really be eating well on this trip! The night ended with a few beverages and jokes that since we had all either passed or were flirting with 60, bringing Jeff, our chiropractor, along on this trip was a pretty good idea! With this great of a start we were all eager for the next day when the REAL adventure was to begin.