Another warm evening meant sleeping on top of the air mattress, though the sunrise was worth it. We opted to depart camp early in order to check through the US Border Patrol/Immigration Office today. Consequently, after our coffee, cookie, and breakfast, we began packing up and breaking camp, and departed early enough to fish on our way back to “civilization.” The first two thirds of the paddle out was calm, with favorable winds and calm seas. I caught a few fish on the foam fly on top and Kay took a few fish with the Senko. The wind steadily increased, but offered no problems—much different than the last two years when we had high winds and rollers on the paddle out. We met our water taxi, and made it to Canadian Border Outfitters by about 3 PM. After loading our stuff in the truck we checked through US Border Patrol/Immigration and headed into town for warm showers. Our farewell dinner was at the Grand Ely Lodge—best Caesar salad we’ve ever eaten. Tomorrow, we drive south towards home.
This has been our best trip of all, though only slightly better than our first one with George and Greg. Our time with Harry and Mary was awesome with lots of laughs, some serious philosophical talk, and several new stories, and they are the reason the trips are so special.
The paddling has been great; Kay has learned well, and is now an excellent paddler. And the fishing wasn’t too shabby either! Kay ended the week with 6 trophy fish, more than anyone in our party has ever caught in a trip. She was definitely in a zone.