Just for the record, I saw very few maple trees at either Maple Lake or Erables Lake. Most of the leaves were not changing yet, but there would be the odd renegade that had coloured up ahead of time.
|Heavy duty portages with a sore knee :-(|
During the night, LT could hear an owl hooting.
|My posse of loons|
|They looked tough!|
|Tucked in here for the night|
|See the hill I had to cope with?|
|There's no good way through this!|
|Fortunately we were going left not right|
|This is the view going left|
|We pulled the canoe in here|
|Going into Mouse Lake|
We got to Mouse Lake with plenty of time to set up camp. It's a fairly small lake, a circular one. LT was looking at sites that had the better frontage for lighting. We went left from the portage end launch point and started to look at sites. First one, no. Second one, no. Third one, maybe. Fourth one, no, back to third one. The last two were across the lake and at this one we'd be closer to the portage starting point for the next morning.
|Ooooooh, a beach!|
|Our chosen campsite to the left of the beach|
|Sharing a tree on a hill|
|There's a huge stone table here|
|Evening light starts|
|My steaming kettle|
|Big no-no, but he was just so darned cute!|
|The beach - I'll bet this is popular in the summer|
It was early to bed tonight. It got dark early, we weren't getting much light into the campsite. It was 9 p.m. for our lights out. I had started sleeping with the blue foam half mattress that LT had brought for me. He had chopped a full-length one into two sections, one slightly smaller (yeah, shorty got that one). He had brought both pieces along against my protestations that I would be fine, I didn't need it. It made a difference for the warmth in the hammock as the nightly temps were starting to dip below 10 degrees Celsius. I was very glad he hadn't listened to me.
Portage #18: 1,495m
Portage #19: 190m
Portage #20: 1,705m
Total portage distance for the day: 3.39 km
Total distance for the day: 9.7 km
Total time spent travelling: 5 hours
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