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Old 04-09-2019, 07:45 AM
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So a side note from scouting.

Back in high school I was part of a camping group called outers. We started the year with 4 separate 3 day canoe trips covering lakes and rivers in the geraldton area.

In the winter, we snowshoed in 7 km with heavy backpacks over a rough twisty trail to a log cabin where we would do activities like orienteering, quinzee building, winter survival.

In the spring, we would end off the year with a 2 week long canoe trip. Every year would be a different route. We did lakes rivers rapids and portages camping in 12 man prospector tents. They weighed around 100lbs to carry.

One of the trips I did was the steel lake trip. Another was the steel river trip. We would start off in longlac and work our way down through the various lakes in the area to access the steel system. The lake and river both paralleled each other starting at eaglecrest lake about halfway from longlac to terrace bay. There was some of the most beautiful untouched areas in north America on the route with 300 ft cliffs lining the shores of the rivers and lakes.

I found a blog online of someone else who did the lower part of this trip starting in Santoy lake and going over the infamous diablo portage that starts with a steep 300 ft climb to access the portage.

Here's the link to the blog that details the lower part of the trip. I traveled this area back in the early 90s.

https://bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseactio..._trp_part_id=2

Here's a map showing the basic route I traveled on the steel system.

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Old 04-09-2019, 08:13 AM
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man, & i thought brownies/girl scouts wasn't easy--
our thin mints were !!
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Heading out to a camp this weekend again with the scouts. We're sleeping in heated cabins with hydro.

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So that storm that came through yesterday dropped a bit of snow. It should be a muddy mess getting out tomorrow as it's supposed to be +10 celcius. It's-3 now. The troop was busy making breakfast this morning on coleman stoves. French toast and fried spam.

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We just baked brownies on a Coleman stove.

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Tonight, we went to a local park area to clear old scrap metal. We have been working on this for 3 years.

The story goes that back in the 30s and 40s, place was a fox farm where they raised and slaughtered foxes for the fur for coats. In the 60s, the place closed and the land was donated to be used as a park area. So they came in and bulldozed the building and fox cages over the edge of a hill. Then they built a mini train that travels over a mile long track. Hauling people around. There's a replica logging camp from the 40s. A petting zoo with a few horses.

But the old scrap metal from the slaughter house and fox cages is still sitting there. A lot covered in moss and overgrowth. The scouts have been going in annually and cleaning up scrap metal.

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This weekend is the annual spring all sections camp. We have scouts Cubs and beavers from 5 different groups all camping in a field. There's a full day of activities planned for tomorrow.

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This weekend is the annual city wide camp. We have 5 local troops along with a group that traveled 10 hours from neenah Wisconsin to join us. The kids are enjoying making pool noodle rockets, seeing exotic animals, making tshirt hand bags, and making stress balls. This afternoon they will be learning about various science experiments from another group.

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Talk about ending the season with a bang. Big camp out on the weekend. Get home last night and go sailing today.

First let me explain something. We went into this not knowing what to expect. None of us ever being on a sailboat. We had 16 scouts and 3 leaders attend. I've been working on this for 6 months. My first solo project for the troop where I was in charge.

So we get to the meeting spot where a leader of the yacht club is waiting for us. He breaks us up into groups based on the number of people each boat could handle. So we all split up and slowly one by one the skippers for each boat arrive and grab a group and head off to their ships dock. Cool. I look out and beside us a boat was already heading out. This is the north shore of lake superior where the water temperature is only 2 degrees Celsius. One by one the boats head out.

Cool! I thought. We're going to cruise around for a bit. Then the skipper lists off a course we are going to follow then barks off commands to his crew of 4 women. Apparently they normally have a crew of ten when they sail. They spring into action hoisting sails and making adjustments to the ropes. The skipper looks at me and says "we're in a race!"

Our scouts got to experience first hand what it's like to be in a sailboat race. It was all good. The sailboat I was on was 43' long. A nice looking boat. We were out for 3 hrs sailing back and forth across the harbor. Sometimes it was calm then they made a turn around a buoy and it would spring into life and take off leaning right over.

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Wow, what an great day!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the pics!!
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Not a problem. It was a great experience. They may be open to having us back again in the fall. I love loved it.

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Our final event until September. We joined the Cubs and beavers at a provincial park for a weekend of hiking biking and swimming. This was a very relaxed camp at sleeping giant national park. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails. The sleeping giant is a natural land formation that looks like the name. The view from the city can be seen in the last picture. From the city it looks like an island but in reality it's a peninsula that you can drive to. We're camped just behind the head of the giant on the left. This is on the northwestern shore of lake superior.

We are working on an extra event in August when a group of scouts from England is coming here for a week. We may spend a couple nights with them.




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It's a balmy 2 degrees above freezing and we're sleeping in tents in the woods tonight. There's 18 in our group and roughly 60 people in total at this camp. Thank God for arctic sleeping bags.

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Today was a good day despite an injury that saw me rushing one of the scouts to emerg this morning.

After my unplanned trip to the hospital, I returned to camp where we went on a 5 mile hike. This evening we participated in a traditional scout campfire of songs and skits followed by deep fried goblin ears over the fire.

Now for the injury. One of the senior scouts was splitting firewood and somehow nailed his thumb with the axe taking a nice chunk of skin and meat off.



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