After 2 portages and a morning and early afternoon of rain we arrived at camp around 2:15. A short day in terms of kms -12.5, but tiring with the portages.
This campsite is my least favorite so far. Feels “scrappy” and a little unkempt. Lots of deadfall etc but it’s last campsite before another 14 kms of paddling so we’re staying put for the night.
I even had time to light another fire. It took a solid hour to get it going with the wet wood but we finally got it nice and hot. Such a treat on a rainy, wet day.
Start of the 1100 m portage. I’m soaking. We were just canoeing in a downpour. I have water running everywhere.
After this Damien will help me get my front and back bags secured, I’ll carry paddles and the guitar.
Of note: during the pouring rain we saw a bald eagle and another raptor, a falcon or a juvenile bald eagle, not sure. They were beautiful to see!
@toesalad carrying the canoe. This is one of the short portages so he’s not wearing a bag also. The terrain is fairly representative of our portage trails, though they usually have more rocks and roots. On the longer portages Damien is also wearing a bag of gear on his back, approx 35-40 pounds. The canoe is 40 pounds.
Thoroughly enjoying our rest afternoon.
This has been our quietest site so far. It’s dead calm tonight. No insects, no wind, no squirrels, no loons. Just quiet.
Speaking of quiet, in 3 days we’ve only seen a handful of boats. 3 or 4 fishing boats, and 2 canoe groups. One family with multiple canoes camped .5 km from us the first night and a couple portaging yesterday.
From the vantage point our campsite which we’ve been at for 9 hours we haven’t seen any boats passing through this passage on circuit 33. Nothing. No one.
A little corner of wilderness all to ourselves.