Wow, mix of thrill and nerves right now. Between confidence and respect. Think: we know wilderness. We know paddling. We know risk management, teamwork, hard work, swallowing pride, respecting the sheer immense power of nature. Nervous; lots of details need to tie together, getting subs/transportation for Luke looking challenging. This lake has claimed so many, so so many, worthy intelligent, strong, experienced, wise folks. We wouldn’t be any different. However, like our friends Matt and Hannah, many many more people have traversed these waters respectfully and come out unscathed. Better for their knowing. I try not to have too many expectations, but there is still a lot of wondering. Luke and I, Myself. I know the things I run from really come with. And I look forward to raging with them out there. As we always do. Peace and serenity to drink in. That clarifies things almost painfully, but from deep knowing, deep challenges, comes deeper peace, deeper roots. Roots and wings. Now we are both more knowledgeable and experienced than we were going into our last trip-which means I know now how real the risks are more so than before. And just like last time- we will make up for a lack of experience, with a great amount of preventative tentativeness.
On Planing and Prepping:
Got the kayak out today! Felt so great, really really excited to do that everyday. And pumped that I can train this week so I will be less sore than Luke, hahaha. poor guy, I'm gonna be all like "what my arms don't hurt YET." 6 days till we meet the Lake! Got our Spot locator device setup today. Going to the coop tomorrow to test out prices and a few new foods to try before I go in and make the big final purchase where people stare at us because we just bought 120 cups of oats. Hope to do more paddling with a dear friend tomorrow. Got the first aid kits in order today. One big one and one smaller "backup" ultra waterproof one. Only need to buy a few band aids, thermal blanket and a couple smaller items. We are very lucky to have been supplied by a family friend for our first trip (to Hudson Bay) with an extensive first aid kit. And with me having my Wilderness First Responder and two years of BWCAW guiding, I am able to just do updates and replacements on the old kit to make sure we have plenty of whatever we could need. Well, off to bed late, really excited. If anyone ever needs help planning for something like this- or even for a much shorter trip- I keep all my lists and spreadsheets around to make the process much easier and I love organizing and planning! And did I mention we have received so much support and help from other paddlers? I would love to pass that on to anyone else!
More to come:)