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jimmar
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Short Solo into the Sylvania Wilderness
Sep 18th, 2019 at 5:26pm
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I took my newly constructed cedar strip solo canoe (Northwest Passagage Solo 14'4") on a 3 night excursion into the Sylvania Wilderness. This was the first time out on a trip with this canoe. It handled all tasks well, wind, waves, fishing, carrying a load and portaging. I paddled with a straight single paddle. I tried a double before this outing but it didn't feel comfortable. The weather was cool and mostly cloudy and the SM bass fishing didn't disappoint.

Another new experience for me was my first time hammock camping. I have the Hennessy Jungle side entry. I spent two nights with my head at the wrong end. Sleeping with the zipper on the right and at a diagonal as they suggest seemed much more comfortable. I had the reflective heat pad that fits between the layers and was glad for it, but found I had it upside down so that it slid around, on the first two nights. One thing I couldn't figure out is how to effectively enter my sleeping bag. I ended up putting it on like a sock before I entered the hammock. Even after these trials, I think I'll continue to hammock camp.

Here is a short video of my trip:
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Re: Short Solo into the Sylvania Wilderness
Reply #1 - Sep 18th, 2019 at 5:59pm
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That's a gorgeous cedar strip canoe you built there Jimmar  Cool

  I wish I could sleep in a hammock, but I turn side to side so much I would be all twisted in the sleeping bag.  I'm sure you'll get responses from the HANGERS here about how to get in a sleeping bag properly?

The time I tried sleeping in a hammock I had a sleeping bag that unzipped to the foot. I laid the bag in and then sat up and zipped it up. Not as easy as it sounds, so there must be a better way.

Nice looking SM too. I like the SPAM shot as well. SPAM is a breakfast favorite when I car camp.
Did you hang your food or just stash it?
  
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Reply #2 - Sep 18th, 2019 at 6:04pm
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I hung my food. In Sylvania you have to register for specific sites. When I checked in the ranger said “ok, fun fact, that site had a bear visiting last week”
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 18th, 2019 at 8:25pm
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jimmar wrote on Sep 18th, 2019 at 6:04pm:
I hung my food. In Sylvania you have to register for specific sites. When I checked in the ranger said “ok, fun fact, that site had a bear visiting last week”


I wonder if a camp bear thinks YOUR food when they sniff you in that hammock?  Undecided Shocked Grin Grin
  
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