Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

First trip ever as a solo at 21 yo
by martenskier21

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/11/2024
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1
Day 2 of 6
Sunday, May 12, 2024

I set an alarm for early this morning as I wanted to cover a lot of ground if the weather would allow. My goal was to get to Ogishkemuncie to camp on an island that night (I now know that plan was way to ambitious). I finally got the hang of portaging today and was able to single portage. I also saw a moose print for the first time this trip. I'm used to whitetail prints so the mooseprint looked huge.

I ended up stopping at Kekekabic around 2 or so as the winds were really picking up. I did about 14 miles that day. My route was from Ashigan - Ima - Thomas - Fraser - Kekekabic. Looking back at it I should have slowed down a little but pushing through is part of the fun for me. I only saw one other canoe today and felt like I was back in time a couple hundred years. That night I slept a little better but was still pretty uneasy being alone for the first time on a backcountry trip. The wind calmer around midnight and the loons really put on a show for me.

~Ima Lake, Thomas Lake, Fraser Lake, Kekekabic Lake