Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 1

21May - Woke up in Old Forge and had b-fast at a local pancake shop. Drove around to the food store and Old Forge Hardware to pick up some last minute provisions and gear. Said goodbye to family, packed up and made our way over to the visitor center.
While we were checking out the info there and taking some photos of the first NFCT kiosk, we ended up meeting up with someone from the local paper and doing an interview. They literally took photos of us as we paddled away. Funny.

Finally hit the water at about 1230pm! Traveled up through the Fulton Chain of Lakes to a campsite on 7th Lake - on the other side from the boat launch. We ended up sailing with a rigged up tarp along a good portion - it is nice to have the wind at your back on flatwater! Portaged .4 miles uphill - not too bad for our first portage. We stopped along the way and had coffee and cookies at a local eatery. That was a welcome break!

Weather: mixed, some rain and wind. Cool temps.

Wildlife: 8 loons, 1 heron, 1 osprey, lots of ducks

"Now I know the secret of making the best persons; It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." ~ Walt Whitman

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