Friday, May 16, 2008
Off to the Apostles
It still amazes me that all that crap can fit in two little boats. The long anticipated first overnight Apostles kayak trip of the year leaves for Red Cliff today. The VOR, GalwayGuy, the KingOfIronwoodIsland, and I are going to hit Manitou tonight and then Oak for Saturday night. The main challenge of this trip will be locating all the gear that I carefully stored last fall in a very organized and methodical fashion. Except I can't remember the method and organizational scheme that I used. The dutch oven was carefully hidden in the garage behind the snow tires and the water filter was located under the stairs I suspect someone broke in and stole my spare butane cylinder, more than likely a terrorist group building an FAE bomb. I did find the little "We've rifled your baggage. Love, the TSA" tag in my Duluth pack pocket so maybe I'm not too far off. In any event, essentials are located and a noon departure is scheduled. The SKOAC trailer has 3 good lookin' boats on it and this will be its last trip. The circle will be complete because I took it on its first trip a few years back, a club day paddle down the Mississippi in water that was maybe just a bit robust for rookie sea kayakers. We had a capsize exiting one of the locks but I guess thats what made it memorable. I look forward to gazing west toward the Bayfield peninsula tonite, adult beverage in my hand, rear end in my little folding beach chair, thinking about absolutely nothing. See you Monday.