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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2020, 7:36 pm 
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Been a few years since I’ve canoe tripped. Didn’t even get the canoe in the water last year. Life and kids do funny things to your available time. Figured it was overdue to get my son back out there, as well as give my daughter her first taste of backcountry camping.

We headed into Site 56 on Lower Crane and did a two night base-camp style trip. Friday was setup and campsite fun, Saturday we did the Poker Lake Loop as a day trip, then Sunday we enjoyed the morning and packed up. Perfect little getaway for a 6 & 8 year old. Loop is in good shape, but man oh man that take out from Muck Lake on the South side is hell. Was also especially taxing on myself as I was portaging a 95lbs Nova Craft Prospector in SP3... really need to bite the bullet and go lightweight.

Bugs were hungry. Kids did exceptionally well on the day trip. I think I have two young canoeists on my hands :thumbup:

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PostPosted: July 2nd, 2020, 8:03 pm 
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Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a blast - I've been thinking of doing that loop myself. Love the shot of the kids at meal time!


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PostPosted: July 3rd, 2020, 5:44 am 
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ameaney wrote:
Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a blast - I've been thinking of doing that loop myself. Love the shot of the kids at meal time!


Thanks.

They sure worked up a hunger, a well deserved dinner feast.

The loop is easily doable in a day trip, makes for an easy overnighted as well. Years ago I went in half way and camped on Cinder Lake, then finished the loop the next day. Relaxed pace.

I think once I get a lighter canoe, we will try a 2-4 day loop at the Frost Center.

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PostPosted: July 7th, 2020, 11:43 am 
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One of my favourite places and still paddle it several times a year. I have been going there for over 20 years and remember when there would be only 3 cars in the parking lot at Big East on a long weekend. Those days are sadly long gone.
Great pictures, kids look like they are thoroughly enjoying it. That Mac and Cheese looks real yummy!

Thanks for sharing.

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