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How low? Solo
by Ioway

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/19/2021
Entry & Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
My second solo trip. Trying to make the same mistakes from the first one. My mantra was "do no harm" not to myself or the environment.
Part 1 of 7
Day 1: Left my favorite outfitter in Ely, VNO. with rented canoe around 6:00AM (still dark). Drove the 2.5 hours over to Sawbill landing. I triple portaged, three over two back, remember the "do no harm" thing. Made it to Burnt found the wind had picked up and allowed it to blow me to the north end of the lake, Happily I found the campsite behind the island empty. Made camp, took a nap. About 4 or 5:00PM two canoes with children riding mid ship came around the island out of the 2.5 ft. white caps. they saw me and the light went out of their eyes. It was late, I had two unused tent pads, I invited them to stay. Nice people, they had driven all night from Peoria, IL. and had gotten stuck behind a massive group of youth (3 groups of 4 boats each) out for a day trip from Sawbill to Smoke and had to wait hours to portage. They were tired and didn't stay up past sundown. I stayed up for the rising full moon, it was little cloudy but moon rise in the wilderness is always special.