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    November on the Manistee River / The Frozen Float

    On thursday night 11/11, Rex (Barefoot Child) and I drove up to Chippewa Landing to meet up with David & Cara (Mr, & Mrs. Canoebie). We arrived a bit late so largely just hung our hammocks and went to bed. The next morning dawned cool and grey. We got our gear all sorted and got on the river around 10 A.M. Paddled about 25 miles to get to the first camp, stopping on occasion to stretch a leg and have a quick brew (tea that is). Plenty of nice camp sites along the way and no shortage of trees to hang from. With the early darkness it was a struggle to stay up til 9 P.M. ! Up the next day around 8 A.M. and I was feeling a bit under the weather so I laid back down for a few hours, feeling much better we had a 1:30 P.M. departure for camp 2 and was just a 2 hr. paddle to get there. With rain being more than just a threat now we put up the BIG tarp and enjoyed dinner and lounging by the fire under that while the rains came and went. Sunday morning we went for a short hike on the North Country Trail with an incredible overlook and got back to camp for a noon departure. We made it to the Take out around 3 P.M. and Rick from Chippewa Landing was there shortly thereafter. What a great trip. The weather was certainly better than it could have been, and it was good to be outside. We saw easily a dozen Bald Eagles, some King Fishers, Mergansers, and Wood Peckers. Didn't see a lot of other wild life but that may be because of all the guns blazing away in the woods! Lots of Beaver activity too.... industrial bunch those beavers. So all in all it was a successful adventure, and I can't wait for my next trip down the Manistee.

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    Thanks for the great trip report. I really enjoyed the video showing everyone's setups.
    If God had meant for us to sleep on the ground,
    He wouldn't have created trees....

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    Great trip report, let the woods and waters speak for themselves. Makes me yearn to be out in my kayak. Thanks for this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peg-Leg View Post
    Thanks for the great trip report. I really enjoyed the video showing everyone's setups.
    Thank you sir, I'm a gear junkie so I like to show the gear.

    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    Great trip report, let the woods and waters speak for themselves. Makes me yearn to be out in my kayak. Thanks for this
    Thanks, I guess not much needed to be said, it was a great trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gnome77 View Post
    Nice Video and Report, thanks.
    Thank you and you're welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    What a nice relaxing trip that must have been. Thanks for sharing the video.
    'Twas indeed relaxing. Really enjoyed myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by canoebie View Post
    Red, Rex, and Cara;

    Thanks for a great trip, Red thanks for a great video!! We had a wonderful time. For me it was especially nice to not have to "take care" of anyone. We floated, ate, talked, gathered wood, saw lots of eagles, and just had a great time. I am going to be able to flash back to that video this winter and have fond memories of a summer and fall of canoeing when I am feeling cabin fever. Thanks Red. You captured it.

    David
    Thanks a lot David, I really had a great time, and look fwd to more Manistee River trips, and prolly some NCT hikes in that area too. What a beautiful area.

    Quote Originally Posted by questtrek View Post
    Great trip report Red, I remember that big tarp from the June hang great rain protection for a group ... I bet the weather was a hole lot cooler too.
    Nice to see the Manistee from the river, I got to try that one day.
    Thanks for posting ... Gave me a piece of the outdoors to start my day.
    Thanks Questtrek, that big ol' tarp was the difference between being cold and wet or comfortable and warm. If you haven't hiked that section of the nct it looks like it would be really nice. But the great thing about the canoe is that it does all the carrying for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    the great thing about the canoe is that it does all the carrying for you
    Amen to that, get to travel in comfort and camp in comfort.
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    i need to stop watching and reading all these northern trip reports, they make me cry crying

    i miss the midwest.......

    but great video!!!!
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    Peanuts, I love the Great Lakes area. Not sure I would intentionally ever leave it. I spend a couple of weeks away and I miss it. That area of Michigan is really special.
    Revolution is about the need to re-evolve political, economic and social justice and power back into the hands of the people, preferably through legislation and policies that make human sense. That's what revolution is about. Revolution is not about shootouts.

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    canoebie, i agree 100%!!! its is a special place.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts View Post
    i need to stop watching and reading all these northern trip reports, they make me cry crying

    i miss the midwest.......

    but great video!!!!
    Thanks Peanuts, Michigan is a great state... as long as you're not look'n for work.

    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    Great job with the video Red. Looks so nice, very relaxing to watch. What camera are you using, the quality was very good.
    Thanks Paul. I'm using the Kodak Playsport, with my wide angle lens mod on it. I shot it in 720p. Its a great little camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    Nice report..... Looked like a great time.. Also thank you for directing me to Andy Mckee..
    that fella is amazing..
    Yeah, that Andy McKee is no joke! Gifted he is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shewie View Post
    Great vid Red, looks like a stunning part of the world for a paddle.
    Thanks mate, stop on over some time and I'll show you around.
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    Finally ..... get to see the elusive BarefootChild!!!!!!!
    That was a nice and relaxing video......
    You canoeists make me envious with chairs and all the stuff a backpacker is remiss to tote........ yeah.
    Also ... I always like the POV camera shots from a canoe.
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