SKOAC: Trip Reports - Spring Fling 2003

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Trip Report by Brock Hunter

SKOAC's 2nd Annual Spring Fling was blessed by the same stormy weather as the 1st. Despite the cold, wet conditions, we still had a great turnout.

We paddled to Basswood Island Friday afternoon, arriving in time to set up camp before the rain started. We spent a pleasant evening around the picnic table, under Dennis Asmussen's wonderful ultra-light tarp, sharing stories and Daryl Zier's homemade wine.

On Saturday morning we were joined by late-arriving SKOACers and enjoyed a leisurely paddle around Basswood Island. Based on an ominous forecast for Saturday night/Sunday morning, we opted to move our camp to Buffalo Bay for our second night.

We had Buffalo Bay camp ground completely to ourselves Saturday night and the manager generously gave us all the free fire wood we could burn. We spent the early evening sipping more of Daryl's wine and Steve Mercer's homemade cider while Bill Newman entertained us with Drunken Master-style karate katas (check out the quicktime movie on our web site).

Later, as the weather moved in, we ducked into the Disco Tipi for the latest incarnation of the laser/light show and chocolate-covered strawberries (of course, accompanied by more homemade wine and cider).

The predicted storm hit in the middle of night with howling winds and sheets of freezing rain bombarding our camp. I roused at around 7 am to the sound of car engines. By the time I got up, packed my gear and exited my tipi a half hour later, everyone - and I mean everyone - was gone. I never did find out whether everyone stayed dry all night.

Despite two years of foul weather for the Fling, we have discovered that a little cold and rain doesn't dampen the fun. Tarp 'n Tipi provide us warm dry refuge while allowing us to witness Superior in all her moods. Page not found – SKOAC Superior Kayak and Outdoor Adventure Club

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