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Perfect April Trip

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Dates:April 16-19, 2010
Entry Point:16 - Moose/Portage River North of Echo Trail (BWCA)
Lakes:Agnes, Lac La Croix, Nina Moose

Friday, April 16, 2010

I needed a vacation after tax season ended. Since we had such great weather for being April, Auralee and I decided to take a short trip to Lac La Croix. We left Wes at Grandma and Grandpa's for the weekend. We got up at 4:15 AM and drove to our entry point. On the Echo Trail we saw a moose, which was a good start to our trip.
We got to the entry point at about 7:30 AM. I was half surprised to see another truck in the entry point parking lot, but I didn't expect to see anyone once we were on the water.
The "Before" Picture
The "Before" Picture
Top of the World
Top of the World

We stopped at "Top of the World" to hike it for the first time. We both thought the view was spectacular.

I could see white caps on Nina Moose from the top, so I knew it may be rough going. I was right. Once we hit the lake, we had to paddle for all we were worth. We made just a few inches on each paddle, and on the gusts, it was all we could do just to stay in place. We eventually got across, though, and were thankful to be back on the river.

We saw a soloist at the next portage. He said that he hadn't expected to have to share this area with us, and I could say the same. He was on his way to Oyster, while we were going to LLC, so we eventually parted ways.

Knowing what the wind was like on Nina Moose, we weren't sure if we would be able to get across Agnes. We stopped at the campsite by the Oyster Lake portage to have lunch and discuss what we should do. It was a much needed break, and after eating we decided we were up to trying to get across.

Originally we had planned on taking the long portage from Agnes to the Boulder River rather than the two short portages. But the wind was blowing from the northwest, so it made more sense to stick to the western shore and take the two short portages instead.
Taking a Break
Taking a Break

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