Kahshahpiwi - Quetico Trip - 2006
Kahshahpiwi Trip Report
August 26 thru Sept 3, 2006
Saturday August 26th
After loading up the Duluth packs and tying down the canoe we left Andy's place in St. Louis Park about 11:00 in the morning. From that point to the end of the line our Jeep was to travel 300 miles north to Williams & Hall (W&H) Outfitters situated on Beautiful Moose Lake at the end of the Fernberg Trail. With Mike "Two-Pack" Hart driving we meandered our way after numerous snack and tackle stops along the way. One of the more traditional stops we took was at Piragis Outfitter in Ely. Another detour at the last minute took us to Joe's Red Rock Outfitters on Jasper Lake. We bought some "hot" walleye and lake trout lures from him and his wife. They both wished us luck on our Maiden Quetico Voyage with the Souris River LeTigre he sold us as the Sportshow in February. On we went to our destination at W&H by 6 pm.
It was fabulous arriving in the northland again but even more thrilling was the anticipation of the week long adventure on which we were soon to embark on. As the sun went down that first night I remembered a saying that my Norwegian Grandfather used to tell all of us kids. The saying went, ?"der er helst I skogluften", which is translated, "there is health in forest air". I would bet that most whom share a love for the canoe country also share the same realization that the pure oxygen in the forest air heals us at an accelerated rate compared to that of a smog-filled city. Think of those cuts that seem to be healed the next day!
After we arrived and stretched for a minute, Blake, one of the owners at W&H, greeted us and told us which bunk was ours and where the towels were. We unloaded what we needed for the night and brought the rest down to the lake so we would be the first out in the morning. Getting the little things out of the way like gluing in the lash-its and arranging all of our gear enabled us to focus on more important things like dinner and that last beer. It did take some time to get the Spring Creek lash-its secured considering the inside surface of the Kevlar is too rough to allow a good "bite" of the pressure sensitive adhesive on the lash-its. We bought a tube of marine, 2-part epoxy and troweled on a layer of the epoxy where we intended the lash-its to be. It made an excellent, clean surface for PSA held up well throughout the trip.
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