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May Trip 2010: Camp Chaos

June 1, 2010

– After five days of nothing but a good time, May Trip 2010 is officially in the books. The weather was perfect, the food was spectacular, and the company could not have been better. While the fishing was lackluster, the crew still managed to pull a fair amount of Trout from the warm waters of the Allagash before calling it quits. All in all is was everything a vacation should be, complete with homemade wine, home cooked meals over an open fire, and Old Town Canoes powered by 2-stroke Johnsons. Yes ladies and gentlemen, for five days at the end of May; Life was good.

Now don’t be misled, life is by no means bad here in lovely Fort Kent, Maine. But to imply that it even compares to life on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway would be foolish, even when the fishing is unusually slow.

American Canoenecks-Team Chaos 2010

For the next week or so, Up’North Maine Fly Castings will be May Trip 2010 central. Each day a different theme, including tons of pictures, videos, and the stories that accompany them. For the first installment I would like to introduce everyone to camp Chaos and the fellas that called it home for five long days.

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Team Chaos is an exclusive group of VIP fishing celebrities, comedians, and all around classy folks. For those who are lucky enough to get an invite, the memories are timeless, the laughs are endless, and a good time is guaranteed. This year the fellas chose to go with the always noticeable work shirts for our team colors. True northern Maine flair with a touch of awesome, those who saw them just couldn’t help but be jealous. Seeing as how more than half of the crew makes a living in the northern Maine woods, no other attire even comes close to being more appropriate.

Strapping and tarps provided shelter from a rain that never came, but served us well as a welcome shade from the early Summer sun. The shore was littered with enough canoes and motors to make any fisherman jealous, and the view lakeside rivaled any I had ever seen before. Long Lake is a place of stunning beauty, and it is a true shame that so many paddle right through it during their trip down the Allagash without giving it a second look. After five days I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around how special this tiny corner of the world really is. The sunrise is rivaled only by an equally breathtaking sunset, and the rolling mountains and hills stretch on for as far as the eye can see. Abundant wildlife, feisty brook trout, and endless scenery all play their role in making this trip special, but at the end of the day it’s the people you share the experience with that make May Trip worth while.

If only I could work for five days and spend the rest of the year in such a heavenly place!

-Ben

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2010 6:56 am

    I have a feeling that this week is REALLY going to make me miss Maine.

    Looking forward to it.

  2. June 1, 2010 11:03 pm

    That’s the biggest group of ruffians I’ve ever seen in one place.

    • June 2, 2010 7:49 am

      If by Ruffian you mean the old French definition: ruf·fi·an (rf-n, rfyn)
      n.
      1. A tough or rowdy person.
      2. A thug or gangster.
      [French, pimp, from Old French rufien, from Old Provençal rufian, from Old Italian ruffiano.]

      Then yes, it is a rather large and rowdy gathering of Ruffians.

      I’m assuming you didn’t mean the race horse of course.

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