Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

by bumabu

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 10/05/2022
Entry & Exit Point: Brule Lake (EP 41)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 3
Trip Introduction:
My middle son turned 13 this year and I really wanted to take him by himself out into the BW to connect with him and have him unplug from the hustle and bustle of usual teenager life. I invited my brother to come along, and he flew in from California about a week before the trip started. It turned out to be quite the adventure and it was a very memorable and special trip for all of us.
Day 1 of 6
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 We awoke at 3 AM to make sure we were on the road by 4 AM. It was tough, but we actually got out of the driveway on time with everything packed. We seemingly flew north and were on the water by 3:45 PM after stopping at Subway back the road a bit to pick up sandwiches for a quick dinner later. . Because we brought my big canvas tent and wood stove we needed to make two trips with the three man canoe. I decided to take the first load of gear with my son, while my brother would stay behind with the chainsaw and cut firewood for the next couple of days outside of the BW.
The first site we wanted was taken so we changed course towards the East and found a great island site that accommodated my 16" diameter circus tent. I realized I had the car keys in my pocket, so we dropped our first load of gear and raced back to the entry point. My brother, Fred, was nowhere to be found. We hopped in the car and headed down the road, picking up small piles of firewood neatly stacked by the side of the road. about 1.5 miles down the road we caught up with him and he was very glad to see us. After returning with a car full of wood we packed the rest of the gear and a lot of the wood in the car and headed to the campsite, arriving at about 6:30.
We had some set up to do in the dark, but at least we were warm inside the tent with the stove glowing. this night there would be a massive cold front blowing in and it did not disappoint the forecasters. It blew all night as we got the inside of the tent set up and ate our delicious Subway sandwiches for dinner.