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PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 5:41 pm 
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Yesterdays trip had me pumped for more exploring so.....up early to do it all over again. I picked a closer location this time, only a 10 minute drive from the house. Time to continue in my hunt for summer camping locations on Red Lake.

Only minutes from my vehicle I encountered my first real slush of the year...this stuff was nasty and it only got worse! Luckily I was wearing my Sorel Glaciers and not my Steger Mukluks. If I had been wearing my Stegers this trip would have been over right there and then.

I managed some photos and a short video of the slush and what it's like to work through it.

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The slush was an problem for most of the day, but i did find some better sections of ice to travel on.

I headed for a point on a large island. It looked fairly flat and I figured it to be a good bet for a campsite.

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Yup, this should do fine this summer. Lots of standing dead spruce nearby, and the flattest section of the site have immature jack Pine and spuce growing....should be easy to brush it out!

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Northwest view from the site

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Then I noticed something odd. Looks like someone's been here before......branches have been cut from this spruce a long awhile ago.

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It pleases me that someone has been here before. There are so few people using these resources. I can only wonder what I'll find under the snow? Perhaps some fire rocks?

Back out on the ice and heading for another island.

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It was a small island, and there is no camping possibilities. Still, the view down the lake was spectacular.

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The clouds were lifting and it was warming up. What a perfect day to be on the "water"

Looking west from the Island

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And Northeast

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Almost walked right into this....instead, the dog got a soaker. I should have been paying better attention. Beware of slush!

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Then I spotted something you don't see everyday. Anyone see it?

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Yup, a spider. What's he doing out in the middle of the lake? Here's a little video of the spider..just after I finished the vid, my dog ate the spider :o

My pup leading the way

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One last look back

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Another day of exploring in the books. Hmm, I wonder where I'll go tomorrow?

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PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 7:00 pm 
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Very nice.. now stop it. Couldn't get out as I got UP today. Had to shovel the roof. Getting another 30 cm tonight. Its getting very tiring..in the last week we have gotten about 100cm. The snowpack maps curiously show less than last week, but I can tell you its hard to throw UP on to snow piles.

Hopefully we can clear what we need to clear in the AM tomorrow so to get some skiing. The snowmachines are not even out on the lake but sticking to groomed trails.


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PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 10:43 pm 
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Thanks for another tour Harlan.

What do you do about ice building up on your wet snowshoes?


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PostPosted: February 6th, 2011, 7:50 am 
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Jeez, I don't even need to get out, I just have to watch your trip reports and almost feel that I already have! :wink:

Thanks again for another enjoyable look!

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PostPosted: February 6th, 2011, 8:07 am 
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Canoeheadted,

I bank them off right away when slush starts to build. if it gets to be too much, i'll take off the snowshoe and scrape it off as best i can.

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