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New EP for 23rd
by BigTim

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/06/2022
Entry & Exit Point: Cross Bay Lake (EP 50)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 3
Trip Introduction:
Our 23rd consecutive Father/Son trip was a roaring success despite the bugs. We were well prepared for whatever came our way as we have fine tuned our canoe trip experience over the years. Ellie, my future daughter in law, joined us for her 3rd time.
Day 1 of 7
Monday, June 06, 2022

After a burger at the Poplar Haus and comfortable stay at Rockwood's bunkhouse, we awoke early for our journey to Tuscarora Lodge for breakfast. French toast, sausage, coffee, and juice prepared us for what lay ahead. After carefully monitoring the late ice out coupled with very high water, we really weren't sure what to expect. Andy at Tuscarora provided us the 3 person kevlar as well as up to date info regarding portages, water levels, and bugs.

Packed our canoe and headed out toward Ham Lake. Over the years, we decided comfort, relaxation, and fishing are our priorities. Simply put, our packing is much different now then back in 1999....

Water was certainly high, but down substantially from highest water. Floated over rocks that normally require careful navigation. We've always packed head nets, but rarely used them. This trip, the nets were a necessity.

Made it into Cross Bay Lake and decided to shoot for the 2nd campsite close to Rib Lake portage. Gorgeous campsite awaited as we made it our basecamp for a week. The first few years of tripping meant sitting on logs and waiting out rain with rain gear. Not anymore. We use a 12x16 tarp for rain, and bring plenty of creature comforts for relaxing. Of course, 23 years later, simple pleasures like an air chair....gravity water bag.....are requirements!