Ron started a tradition of going up early and going golfing before the He-Man at the Trout River golf course.
Doug started a tradition of growing his beard really long before the He-Man.
When someone completes their 10th or 20th He-Man, we have the tradition
of throwing him into the lake. Also on the 20th we tend to
give a small gift. Bob Clark below demonstrates perfect form in
being thrown in.
At lunch on the last day of canoeing, Dave, Boyd, and Ron determine who
should be the He-Man of the year. Some basic requirements for He-Man of
the Year are participation in all competitions and willing performance
of assigned duties. The individual that helped others out on the trip
typically wins, but sometimes the person who suffered the most wins.
Most years it is a difficult
decision. Winner gets the privilege of being thrown into Trout Lake (or
Lake of The Falls Dam on Turtle-Flambeau Flowage Route).
also receives an engraved canoe paddle. See Doug below for perfect throw
in form and response to Trout Lake's warm water.
Just before Trout Lake on Trout River there is a culvert under highway
The current going through this culvert is too fast to paddle our loaded
up. The sensible thing to do would be to walk the canoe's up
the water is not real deep. But we have a tradition to pole our
up the culvert, one team at a time. The hardest part is the very
where the river takes a small drop into the culvert. In picture
Drew and Dave try to make the culvert with paddles but fail. They
on a later attempt using poles. Usually every year there is at
one canoe that tips at the culvert.
Immediately upon entering the last lake of the trip (Trout Lake from
Trout River or Pike Lake from Turtle River) , everyone is
expected to take a quick dunk into the lake. Everyone is expected
to dive into
the water and get completely wet. We tend not to stay in the
very long since it is late May in a Northern Wisconsin lake. On
1996 trip, the ice went out of Trout lake only two weeks before the
so the water was extremely cold. Once a person dives in, we shake
other's hands congratulating that we made it through the trip. It is
at this point that we declare that all participants can call themselves
He-Man for one year (until next year's trip).
There is a restaurant in
Minocqua, WI called Paul Bunyan's which is the last
stop of the trip. This is done after pulling out of the water,
out all the gear, cleaning up some of the equipment, and taking a group
with our new He-Man T-Shirts on. Typically we get a lot of
looks at the restaurant. The strange looks could very well be
us all wearing the same T-shirt with "He-Man" printed in the front of
Or it could be that we haven't bathed for three days. In any
we do enjoy the meal. Having an all you can eat family style meal
really great after canoe camping for three days. After the meal,
say our good byes. Most of us head to our homes at that point,
a few stay back at the Roloff's cabins before leaving the next morning.
In 2003 we broke with tradition and ate at Culiver's so
that had to drive far did not eat a big meal.
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