Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 34


Woke up early and jumped right into the 3+ mile portage around the Rapid River to the Richardson Lakes. The first part of the trail out of the campsites had been flooded from the Rapid - cold and wet right off the start. Tasty.

Made it to Forest Lodge, the site of Louise Dickinson Rich's homestead (We Took To The Woods author) and found ourselves in the midst of lunchtime. What a happy coincidence. Helped get a big meal together and then enjoyed the fruits of our labors in the midst of several fly fisherman who were there chasing fish in the ponds thereabouts. Aldro and Collin are great hosts, supplying us with a tour of the place, some fresh spring water, and a lift over the last part of the portage.

Battled a crazy crosswind that covered the lake in whitecaps and 2-3 foot swells to make it up to the narrows. From there we were able to sail with the tarp to the take out at the portage to Mooselookmeguntic Lake - just in the nick of time as the wind kicked up even bigger swells. The dock at the take out was bucking and bouncing all over the place on its tie downs. Clang Clang Clang.

Stealth camped along the portage route - good thing it was a Monday night and all of the camps were emptied out from the weekend!

Weather: light rain, saw the sun today - hooray!

Wildlife: 18 Loons!, coopers hawk, sharp shinned hawk, bald eagle, osprey, heron

"The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father. The rivers are our brothers, they quench our thirst. The rivers carry our canoes and feed our children. If we sell you our lands, you must remember, and teach your children, that the rivers are our brothers, and yours. And you must henceforth give the rivers the kindness you would give any brother." ~Chief Seattle - speech at an 1854 tribal assembly concerning the sale of land to the US Government

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