Day 1: The Longest Day

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Weather: 22 degrees Celsius, 40 km/hr wind gusts

Distance: ~ 14 kms including 3 short portages (Matagamasi Lake to Donald Lake via Gold and Colin Scott Lakes)

After a hearty breakfast at the Sportsman’s Lodge we loaded our gear into the truck and headed out to our put-in. We had our longest day ahead of us.

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Quick Update

In the last three and a half weeks, I have whitewater canoed the French River, canoed and camped near an under-control forest fire in Killarney Park, and canoed through the beautiful backcountry wilderness of Temagami. I have a ton of photos to process and writing to share with you; however as I write this I am sitting at my gate at Toronto’s Pearson Airport waiting for my plane to Deer Lake, Newfoundland – the Gros Morne area will be my playground for the next week.  A canoe and hike trip in the Adirondacks follows this one. So my friends…photos and detailed stories will come this fall with bits and pieces posted as I have access to WiFi.

I Can Cook. Now Help Me With The Tarp.

Wind blew the rain into our camp kitchen. We were mostly dry, as dry as we could be after kayaking all day in a steady rain, thanks to the strategically-hung tarp overhead. The leaders decided to push off a day the Iron Chef ODAN edition competition to allow we weary paddlers a chance to make a simpler meal and turn in early. The nine-day Georgian Bay expedition gave us plenty of time to experiment with the camp craft and provisioning skills we had been practicing in shorter trips over the course of a year in the program.

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