Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 33


MAINE! Officially paddled into our homestate around noon across Umbagog Lake. Super excited to be back in Maine.

Departed from Northern Waters Outfitters and portaged along a dirt road to a put in above the dam. This portage killed our second portage cart. Sadness. It lived a short while with us, endured many a mile, and then passed away helping get us to Maine. And so it will be missed...may it rest in peace...have to take a look at getting another one in Rangeley.

Followed the Androscoggin up river and into Umbagog where we picked up the Rapid River. It really is moving rapidly. Got caught in a fast moving thunderstorm around lunch and then a larger one around 2pm while we were at Cedar Stump campsite. Set up the tarp and made some hot chocolate. Hung out with a father and son who were paddling in the area - made dinner and then turned in early. Big portage tomorrow. From the looks of it, some of the portage trail is underwater - should be interesting.

Weather: thunderstorms

Wildlife: no-see-ums and misquitos out in force. Osprey, loons.

"All was well until one day they met a thunderstorm - more than a thunderstorm, a thunder-battle. You know how terrific a really big thunderstorm can be down in the land and in a river-valley; especially at times when two great thunderstorms meet and clash." ~The Hobbit

1 comment:

Dan said...

Thank you for the hot chocolate and shelter from thunderstorms you provided for my son and I at Cedar Stump along the raging Rapid River. It is gratifying to meet and here adventurers tales along a Historic Trail.The next evening, Monday June 23rd, we spotted the India sailing north on a fresh warm southerly,from our campsite across Upper Richardson at Red Pine Point. It was uplifting to see you being rewarded along your journey. Till next time take care and Happy Trails. Dan + Galen