Monthly Archives: May 2010

May 20, 2010–Gambler’s Point

Awoke early and prepared breakfast before dawn.  A great many wood ticks are present in these parts, and any foray into the woods always results in a handful of the vile creatures clinging about my legs. I completed the crossing … Continue reading

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May 19, 2010–Lake Winnebigoshish

Completed the crossing of Cass Lake early enough to avoid high winds, which make movement cumbersome.  Having fresh supplies on hand, I enjoyed a feast of eggs scrambled in the rendered beef marrow from last night’s supper. A great many … Continue reading

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May 18, 2010–Star Island, Lake Cass

After 90 minutes paddling in the morning, we arrived in the town of Bemidji, where my worthy companion John rendezvoused with his wife Debrra.  They bestowed on me one final act of kindness and took me to an outfitter, where … Continue reading

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May 17, 2010–Silver Maple Landing

The day began clear and warmed rapidly with the rising sun.  I consumed my breakfast of Irish oats and honey without fanfare and we set out back into the wetlands.  The depth of the channel was now sufficient to allow … Continue reading

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May 16, 2010–Pine Point Landing

The wetlands continued for the duration of today’s journey, save a brief one-mile stretch of pine forest which harbored light rapids.   Thankfully these rapids, called Stumphges, were free of rocks and we passed through them uneventfully.  Indeed, we found the … Continue reading

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May 15, 2010–Coffee Pot Landing

The 2010 Mississippi River Expedition began in a most auspicious manner, the 40 degree rain having miraculously ceased the day before departure.  Perfect blue sky and billowy clouds would be our canopy, and the air was in the 70s. I … Continue reading

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