Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

just one more
by merlyn

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/17/2021
Entry & Exit Point: Lizz and Swamp Lakes (EP 47)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1
Part 2 of 3
The campsite on Allen was nicer than expected, the landing was only so-so but the kitchen and fire grate were clean and had a brand newish flat bench. Two ok tent pads and a possible third further back away from the lake. Good tarp or hammock options. I set up camp.  Some more details: My tent is a 20 or so year old Ozark Trails Wally world 2man tent 6.6 lbs. Maybe it's a fluke but the tent has given me good service on at least 6 BWCA trips and dozens of short weekend trips. My sleep system for early season is a Therm-a-rest Ridge rest 77x25 with an added 36in section of an old Ridge rest pad for hips and shoulders. The bag is a Kingcamp 20 degree F down extra wide bag. My pillow is a inflatable with a small added pillow inside. I'am a restless sleeper and after much trial and error this system works for me I had noticed more water in the canoe then expected wetfooting and discovered a patch had let go in the bow. I have beat the hell out of this boat over the years and all the temporary repairs seem to become permeant . JB weld to the rescue! Gorilla glue clear sealer in the morning and I'll be back in business. Dinner that night was home dehydrated black beans and rice with a single serve package of Spam added for zing. Much better than it sounds. A mug of hot chocolate, fire gazing and a few stars and off to bed. Tuesday started out perfect with a blue sky and slight breeze. Dozens of small blueish white butterflies everywhere. Black flies are starting to hatch but not a problem yet. Fire wood was in short supply but I wanted some more time for the canoe repairs to dry before heading out to find more and to explore the lake, time for more coffee. I had discovered another small problem when fixing dinner last night, my stove or rather the fuel canister was acting up, sputtering and going out. I changed canisters and everything was all right but that meant I would have to rely on wood for at least some of the cooking.  In the afternoon I explored the lake , gathered some wood , read and took a nap. Allen lake is just a quiet little lake, it doesn't have any dramatic vistas or rock formations but is well worth your time to visit.