Re: Section two questions

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markaroberts
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Thanks for your comments. I think we will do just section two this time and enjoy it. I am looking at driveing up on Saturday May 16 and paddling Sunday-Tuesday, driving back Wednesday morning May 20. We are used to colder weather as we go to the Boundary Waters each year in mid to late September. Just trying to stay away from the black flies. When we did Section 1 we paddled May 17, 18 and 19. Pretty much paddled all day on the 17th to eighth lake campground, then paddled all day the 19th to Forked Lake state park. I think we were at the takout on the 19th around noon. (had the help of a scout group with a canoe trailer for that last 2 mile portage). This time I would like to take it a little slower. Bugs started coming out the second day and were out full force by May 18 and 19 to the point we had to stay in the bug suits until after dark to eat. Temps had risen in to the 70’s at that point.

Would you suggest stretching section two out to four days? Also, on the camping.. .the state parks were the worst we have stayed in at any state (we have camped in MANY states). Basically just a camp site, and table. Bathrooms were not open yet mid May either. This time we might go the lean to route. We hammock camp vs tents as well. Thanks again for your help