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extending the weekends out all the time

By writtenwoods on 2013.07.03 In Uncategorized

All it took was one phone call from my good friend David. I remember him saying ” this trip is a lot less portaging then the last one” , and with those words I signed up. I should of read the fine print though……

This interior trip had us launching from one of the most northern outpost in Algonqiun Provincial Park. Like David said on the phone, the portages were only totaling around 600 meters, but the 16 kms of waters that we were travelling were large and wind blown.  Through the first lake we sailed comfortably with a good cross wind into a small winding creek that would lead us into another system of lakes. This small creek proved to be a real test on all our sanity, including the dogs, as the millions of mosquitoes found us in short order.

Over the next 5 hours we paddled on.  Across massive lakes, fast water streams and forested portages ,until we reached the site that we would call home for the next few nights.  The site was set up in short order and we were kicking back and relaxing in no time. The days were spent fishing, exploring and cooking all in between the other camp crafts. All in all making the days fly by.

On the last day of camp David and I sat down and looked over the maps and planned the best route out. Taking note to which sides of the lakes we could take advantage of the growing wind gust best. The plan was a success for sure. With the winds at our backs for most of the return trip we made great time, completing the paddle and portage in 4 hours total. A perfect end to the Canada day long weekend.

 

A much needed break on North Tea Lake. With over 5 km of non stop paddling into the wind, this point seemed like the perfect area to stop for a few minutes before the rains started up again

A much needed break on North Tea Lake. With over 5 km of non stop paddling into the wind, this point seemed like the perfect area to stop for a few minutes before the rains started up again

David and Dix at the first portage ,deeper into the interior

David and Dix at the first portage ,deeper into the interior

Dixie loaded up with her gear for the interior

Dixie loaded up with her gear for the interior

plants that catch my eye along the way ( I counted, and I got 18 mosquito bites while taking this photo)

plants that catch my eye along the way ( I counted, and I got 18 mosquito bites while taking this photo)

 

another river, another portage.  David checking over the map before we started back up

another river, another portage. David checking over the map before we started back up

 

First evening at camp. bug tent ready and waiting

First evening at camp. bug tent ready and waiting

 

it doesnt matter where the dog might be, it will always be a dog

it doesn’t matter where the dog might be, it will always be a dog

 

JetBoil all in one cooking system. shown being used with the coffee press in action

JetBoil all in one cooking system. shown being used with the coffee press in action

this tool makes for some easy work around the camp

this tool makes for some easy work around the camp

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something new to sniff

cooling off

cooling off

DPX  H.E.S.T- the ultimate camp belt knife

DPX H.E.S.T- the ultimate camp belt knife

Dixie soaking it all in

Dixie soaking it all in

catch and release

catch and release

This is a good representation of how we all felt around camp near the end of the day

This is a good representation of how we all felt around camp near the end of the day

algonquin

Algonquin at a calm

sunset on Manitou lake

sunset on Manitou lake

when lanterns are too heavy to pack, you have to come up with new ideas

when lanterns are too heavy to pack, you have to come up with new ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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