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Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal August 23, 1995 Highlights from the Boy Scouts' Boundary Waters Canoe Trip by Bill Shields for the Hells Canyon Journal On Saturday, August 12, scouts and their adult leaders from Halfway Troop #437 completed an adventure that had been two years in the planning and preparation. Arriving home from two weeks of traveling and canoe- ing in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota, the fol- lowing scouts were tired but excited: Matthew Shields, Jon Romine, Stacy Gover, Willy Lincoln, Joby Sciarrino, Josh Endersby, Matt Endersby, Lucas Harriman, Logan Crow, JD Skalsky, Nathan Skalsky, and their adult lead- ers, Bill Shields, Dave Romine, Wayne Endersby and Dave Skalsky. Keith Stenberg and Bob VanHooser appar- ently missed their wives sorely and insisted on skip- ping a rest day and driving madly home, so they arrived Friday with Matt Stenberg, Zeke VanHooser, Pippin Mader, Reno Chandler and Steve Waldron. The trip in- volved six days of driving and eight days of canoeing. Once the troop arrived in Minnesota, they divided into three separate patrols and took different routes through an expansive wilderness of lakes, rivers, and portages. Bill Shields' and Keith Stenberg's patrols were sched- uled to rendezvous on the third day but missed each other. This was partially due to Shields' skill with map and compass which enabled his patrol to see eight miles of unexpected and nearly un- charted wilderness, not origi- nally on their route. Even with this slight scenic detour, they were only four hours late. According to Shields, "dark- ness and stupidity kept us from finding each other? Just as it was getting dark, Shields and his son, Matthew, the only bey in camp who could still move, paddled furiously around the appointed island and located one lone canoe some distance away. We shouted, "Keith is that you?" The other canoe replied, "NOoo!" So we paddled back to camp in the dark believing that the other patrol was tak- ing their own scenic tour through unexpected wilder- ness. As it turned out, the canoe we shouted at was in- deed part of Keith's patrol, but since Keith wasn't physi- cally in the canoe the boys sort of went dumb there for a moment and sent us on our AIRBORN SCOUTS -- Local Boy Scouts jump into the water, own silly way. Another rendezvous was planned the next day between Wayne Endersby and Dave Skalsky's patrol and the Shields and Romine group. That rendezvous was success- ful, after a fashion. Shields' hapless bunch found Endersby just as their boys had finished what was appar- ently the worst meal of any of their lives. It was supposed to be freeze dried Mandarin Chicken, however, the adjec- tives used by the boys to de- scribe this backcountry en- trde are not fit for public print. Photo courtesy of Wayne Endersby from a sheer rock wall. Needless to say the Mandarin Chicken crew were so revolted with food (and life) that the Shields bunch tl ought they were unwelcome and quickly paddled off toward happier shores. The next day the Shields and Romine group had an unexpected encounter with Stenberg and VanHooser. This second group was com- pletely out of whack in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even so, they had been eating better than the Chicken Crew and seemed delighted and insanely h ppy to see another group of frenzied boy scouts. The routes were so ardu- ous, between 60 and 70 miles, 20 different lakes and about 8 miles of portaging, that the troop had very little time to fish. Still, many large fish were caught, mostly North- ern Pike, and mostly by Lucas Harriman. Much to.the dis- gust of more serious fisher- men, who came prepared with hundreds of dollars of tackle and equipment, Lucas out- fished them all with a broken pole and a 99 cent lure he bought in Bemidji. It was cause for celebration when one massive fish finally swam away with Luke's lure. "If that hadn't happened," claims one frustrated fisherman, "I was going to throw that dang cheap ugly lure away myself." The other fisherman of note was Jon Romine, not simply Continued on page 9 I i1,1 i i .S Q: Will the clinic change to being open fewer days per week? A: That's not our first choice. We, your board, believe that five days per week is best for the community. On the other hand, the first requirement is that the community have service. If we cannot pay for full-time service, we will consider fewer days per week. If you have an opinion on these matters, please talk to individual board members and let us have your input. Clinic Health Care Schedule Friday August 25 Monday, August 28 Wednesday, August 30 Friday, September 8 Monday, September 11 Thursday, September 14 Dr. Carl Stiff, Dr. Rex Wilson, Dr. Larry Levinger, Dr. George Bums, Dr. Rex Wilson, Dr. John Higgins, ,! Plan ahead. Call 742-5023 for appointments and prescription needs. 742-5023