|Lots of walking today|
I filled the kettle, primed the stove, boiled some water, then went off to get the bear bag down. I dragged all the bags back under the tarp and made some tea. Breakfast was dehydrated eggs with dried canned ham. After letting it sit in boiling water for a bit, I ended up boiling it for a short period to get the last of the liquid absorbed or boiled off. I made myself a single lunch for later in the day after checking with LT if he wanted to have lunch today. He packed himself some pretty awesome snacks this trip. He bagged them in Ziplocs, two days per bag. He did a really good job planning these snack mixes, he came home with just a little bit. The key is to bring enough not to be hungry, but not so much that you're carrying food out when you leave.
We did portage #14 and when we got to the end LT noticed that the bailer part of the safety kit was not attached to the bailer lid. Oops. The safety kit holds a rope with a small float, a whistle, and the bottom of the safety kit is a bright orange plastic container that can be used to bail with. It screws into the lid and the constant jostling of it dangling off the back of the canoe when it was being carried on portages was enough to unscrew it and allow it to fall unnoticed.
Okay, a bit of backtracking here, we walked back to the start of the portage. What an easy lope with no backpack! However it was nowhere to be seen. Being bright orange it would have been obvious so we must have dropped it at the beginning of the first portage of the day.
|Funky tree at portage end|
Halfway through portage #15 today (1,490m), halfway through the day, halfway through the trip, we were walking over some boardwalks. These boardwalks are placed to help people get over wet spots, they are usually about 2 feet wide, 3 planks, and not very high off the ground, depending. And various lengths. With the rain last night they were slippery and despite the many times I've warned LT to be careful, I fell. Falling is one thing, but going down with an extra 50 pounds on your back, well, it's not pretty. I had gone over on my ankle, but I do that often enough they're used to it. But I also felt something give in my knee. Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!
I had no choice. I couldn't quit. I couldn't call a cab. We rested for a bit, after LT had to put the canoe down and come rescue me. I had to take my bag off and let him help me up. After the short rest, we continued. It hurt, it really, really hurt. Not on the flats, not going up, but going down, that's where it hurt. Thank God I had my hiking poles.
We stopped at the portage end and I ate my single lunch from the Thermos here, looking into Dahinda Lake. This time I ate it ALL!
|Landing at the end of North Sylvia Lake|
|Setting up for the last portage of the day|
|We crossed this on the way - why aren't the portages ON the road???|
|Our first taste of Erables Lake, mmmmm sweet!|
We landed at our campsite at 4:45. Lots of time to get set up and make dinner NOT in the dark. Dinner was pasta again. LT helped out by tearing up the tomato sauce leather I make to see if it would rehydrate faster. Dessert was raspberry crumble. I rehydrated the raspberries in the Thermos and that worked so well, I would use it from now on for this trip to rehydrate the fruit for the night's dessert.
LT set up a clothesline to dry anything that had gotten wet from the previous night`s rain. With the wind blowing through this site, it took no time at all to dry everything.
|Tonight`s hilly campsite|
|Our clothesline was super efficient|
Portage #13: 550m
Portage #14: 660m
Portage #15: 1,490m
Portage #16: 390m
Portage #17: 170m
Portage #17: 170m
Total portage distance for the day: 3.26 km
Total distance for the day: 13.9 km
Total time spent travelling: 6:15 hours
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