Northern Tier: Crew E080413I - Final Trip

August 12, 2013

My last crew of the season came from Indiana. They were a really great bunch, but all of the scouts were young. Because of this, we decided to take a very portage-light trip. The first day we went up the Moose Chain to a nice campsite on Sucker Lake. Nothing really exciting happened that day. The next day we headed over to Basswood Lake, and I started trolling as we paddled. That day I caught 7...

Northern Tier: Crew E072713M - Little Sag

August 3, 2013

This last trip was probably one of my favorite trips of the summer. We did the Little Saganaga Loop which was an 80 mile trip in 5 days. The first day we got all the way to Knife Lake by mid afternoon. We were lucky enough to find tons of juneberries growing right near our campsite, so we spent some time gathering them and had a juneberry pie the first night. It was really good and the scouts enjo...

Northern Tier: Crew E071413K

July 24, 2013

For this trip I pretty much took the same route as one of my other trips. We went through Knife, Kekekabic, Fraser, Thomas, Ensign, and then back into base. Instead of rambling on forever, I'm just going to let the pictures tell the story. First Lunch of the trip. Evening Snack on Knife Lake Lake Trout at last! Berries Well, at least something ate it. Firs...

Northern Tier: Crew E070513C

July 13, 2013

This last trip was surprisingly similar to my first trip. The crew was from Texas, and we did pretty much the same route, just backwards. So the first day once we got going we paddled up the Moose chain to Sucker Lake for the night. We got there pretty early and the crew wanted to go fishing, so we spent some time fishing. They caught a couple of smallmouth bass that we kept and cooked with dinner...

Northern Tier: 4th of July

July 5, 2013

Fourth of July on base is a lot different than the fourth in town. A lot of people drove into town to see the fireworks, but instead, I and a few friends took a hike to a lake to do some fishing. We hiked about 2 miles down to Ennis Lake, did some bouldering down to the water and did a lot of fishing. Unfortunately the only things we caught were rocks, but it was still a great time and...

Northern Tier: Crew E062513C

July 2, 2013

I just got back from another successful trip. This trip was unexpected because I got my crew at dinner on my day off. Their original interpreter wanted to be the interpreter for his home troop that was coming the next day, so we made a trade, and I get an extra day off! This crew drove all the way from Memphis, Tennessee for the trip and by the time I got them, they were pretty much ready to go. I...

Northern Tier: Crew E061713A

June 25, 2013

I don’t think I could have asked for a better first trip or first crew. The crew I got flew in all the way from Tyler, TX from the East Texas Council. The first day of checking out all the gear went very smoothly and the advisor had all the paperwork organized beautifully so the check-in process flowed without any hiccups. They came here pretty much wanting to do everything: paddle, fish, see wate...

Northern Tier: Day Off

June 17, 2013

Yesterday was my first day off, and I managed to hitch a ride into town. Ely is really a cool city and there are tons of little shops here that make it unique. First we stopped at the coffee shop to pick up some free internet time (the internet on base is really slow). We pretty much just walked around for a couple hours, checking out Piragis, the surplus store, goodwill, and and ice cream place. ...

Northern Tier: Swamper Trip

June 16, 2013

Swamper was absolutely amazing, so this post is going to be really long. We started out on June 11 on Moose Lake and on the first day we paddled through Wind Lake and across Basswood to Norway Island (Really close to where we skied to at Okpik). There we learned the basics of setting up camp, bear bags, cooking etc. Our cooking that night was absolutely amazing. We saved our apples from lunch and ...

Northern Tier: Day Trip

June 10, 2013

Today was a loooooooooong day. So we decided that we would start our day trip withe a dawn paddle. This means that we got up at 3 in the morning and got on the water early to get a great head start and watch the sun rise as we paddled. Unfortunately there was a cloud cover this morning and we couldn't see the sun rise, but we did get to see some pretty sweet stuff. At about 5 in the morning we wer...