By 2:10 we arrived our campsite for the night - 30-24 on Lac Grand.
Because it’s Sunday and the campsites/route for circuit 35 along Lac Grand are shared with circuit 30 I thought we might see other canoeists today. Nope not a one.
Not even using the drone.
On this trip each day after we’ve set up camp @toesalad likes to take a drone tour of the area. It’s always such an interesting perspective.
Today I learned how to fly the drone. I went to that island across the channel and back.
The beach here is lovely. Not a swimming beach “beach” but a nice canoeing beach “beach”.
Today’s paddle was our longest of the trip. Approx. 22.75 km, because we had a wee portage of 20 m and mostly the wind at our backs we made great time. And finished the day in 5 hours. Portages and wind direction make all the difference in terms of how long it takes. At one point our pace was 6.5 km/hour.
Today’s one portage. At one time someone built this structure, out in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
Took this photo after paddling Lac Nichotea. That was our biggest lake crossing of this trip and we experienced the biggest waves our trip there. Still no whitecaps like last September’s Rideau Canal trip. Can’t recall the name of the lake now but it was gnarly.
This was mild in comparison.
After paddling Lac Nichotea, just a few kilometres, we were back in another lake channel which brought us here. A great place to have lunch.
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.