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The French river

By writtenwoods on 2013.08.07 In Uncategorized

 

This trip marks my third interior session for the season.  I was very excited to get away on this trip, for the French river delta would be our destination.

We left our houses  late Thursday night and arrived early Friday morning. Too early to launch we decided to sleep for a few hours in the truck. Little did I know that the train tracks a mere 20 feet away were used actively by frequent and long lasting trains, all and all making for very little sleep.  At 7am sharp we were signed in at the park office and we were loading the canoes in no time. We covered the 12 km distance in just over 3 1/2 hours total to reach camp. The weather thankfully cooperated with us for the whole paddle in, but once camp was all set we were met with some heavy winds and rain. The first morning Mike and I both awoke at the same time to the sound of one of our canoes being lifted by the strong winds and tossed into the river. Quick thinking and actions led to us retrieving the canoe before it drifted away. This weather system lasted till the Saturday afternoon but once it cleared out the skies were blue and the winds were minimal, if anything.

Over the next 3 days we hiked/paddled all over the river system,ate large amounts of food and swam in the warm waters. With plenty of time to stop,relax and take in the beautiful surroundings along the way.

 

I am only smiling because it would be the last time I had to hear that train go past for many days

I am only smiling because it would be the last time I had to hear that train go past for many days

Mike and Mike exploring the many bays of the French river.

Mike and Mike exploring the many bays of the French river. On route to camp site
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We arrived at our site with just enough time to get camp set up and fire wood collected before the rain met up with us. For the next day and a half it would rain on and off.

This is the way to go interior camping.  We used our Hennessy Hammocks on this trip. Coming in at just under 4lbs and setting up in under a minute, these are some awesome sleeping systems.

This is the way to go interior camping. We used our Hennessy Hammocks on this trip. Coming in at just under 4lbs and setting up in under a minute, these are some fantastic sleeping systems.

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Did I mention they also can be used like a normal hammock or a lounge chair

 

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This is not what you want to find in camp while gathering fire wood!!!!! This eastern massasauga rattlesnake didn't show its self until we were feet away, after this we all were a little more cautious and thankful to be sleeping off the ground.

This is not what you want to find in camp while gathering fire wood!!!!! This eastern massasauga rattlesnake didn’t make its self known until we were feet away. After this we all were a little more cautious and thankful to be sleeping off the ground.

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heading out to explore more areas and get some fishing in. 

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This canoe effortlessly glides through the waters

Just before we got to this portage a group decided to try and float these rapids, unsuccessfully I might add. Its hard to see from this photo but their canoe is stuck upside down,pinned between the rocks and current. These guys escaped unharmed besides the loss of the canoe and hitched a ride with the group they were travelling with. To make matters worse it ended up being a rental canoe, kevlar one at that.  Ouch.....

Just before we got to this portage a group decided to try and float these rapids, unsuccessfully I might add. Its hard to see from this photo but their canoe is stuck upside down,pinned between the rocks and current. These guys escaped unharmed, besides the loss of the canoe and hitched a ride with the group they were travelling with. To make matters worse it ended up being a rental canoe, kevlar one at that. Ouch…..

I am proud and embrace each one of those "character" marks on its hull. Hand crafted by my dad as a gift to me many many years ago. This one man canoe handles like a dream. Its quick on the water,very agile and can hold enough gear to do a 4 day trip.

I am proud and embrace each one of those “character” marks on its hull. Hand crafted by my dad as a gift to me many many years ago. This one man canoe handles like a dream. Its quick on the water,very agile and can hold enough gear to do a 4 day trip.

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"bouldering" out behind camp.

the days are long out here, thankfully. so we venture off the beaten path and find new things to explore. here we find ken “bouldering” out behind camp. 

nothing better then having wild blueberries all around camp.

nothing better then having wild blueberries all around camp. Made for some delicious additions to our daily feasts

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I recall hearing Vee say “its so softtttt” , and I turned around to this. The smiles and laughter makes the trip, its all about the company you keep.

each day the fire scene looked very similar. With no portages on this trip, we were able to pack some extras. which included steaks,bacon and eggs,side ribs and chicken wings along with all the appropriate sides. We at like kings!!

each day the fire scene looked very similar. With no portages on this trip, we were able to pack some extras. Which included steaks,bacon and eggs, ribs and chicken wings, along with all the appropriate sides. 

 

On route to Dalles rapids

Following the old voyageurs route

Sunset on the French River after the storm rolled through.

Sunset on the French River after the storm rolled through.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Rich wrote:

    Amazing photos! The rattle snake is a rare find, good for you guys.

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