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Beaver Attack
by stok0099

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/31/2023
Entry & Exit Point: Crocodile River (EP 66)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2
Day 2 of 4
Friday, September 01, 2023 We both slept in until about 830/9, which is unusual for us. We did a little morning fishing and easily found the little perch again, but nothing more than that. It started to get warm early, and we knew it would be a hot couple of days. We had a big breakfast of bacon and eggs, and lounged for a bit with some coffee. We had some visitors from the other side of lake come fish our side, and they showed us a stringer full of 15-18 inch walleye. We knew we had to go venture to the west side of the lake, but first we napped (hammock napping is one of my favorite things to do, especially when three kids and a dog rarely let me nap at all). We did some more wood gathering and cutting, made some Mac and cheese, and set out for an evening/night fish on the west side of the lake. We fished for a few hours, and caught larger perch and small walleye, but nothing to write home about. We fished until dark, watched the enormous moon come out, and headed back to camp. To get to the campsite, we had to cross over a small beaver dam (don't even need to get out of the vessel). As I was waiting my turn, something rammed (yes rammed) the side of my Kayak. After a loud bang, and a splash, I was dripping with water. I immediately turned on my headlamp only to get a face full of moths/bugs. Beaver? Loon? Fish? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm assuming it was a beaver since we were next to the Dam, but we will never know for sure. We saw some shooting stars in the sky and the magnificent northern lights. We cooked our steaks right over the fire, sauteed an onion, and enjoyed a meal made for kings. We had a few cocktails that night, and discussed aliens, religion, and other common campfire topics.