Finally Saw The Moose.
we travel. Our goal is to make it down to Chatterton Falls. So we want
to get through Pine Portage, the Deux River, down through Sturgeon
Lake. The final leg will be up to Russell Lake through the Russell
River. The terrain changed incredibly throughout the day. From high
cliffs on Twin Lakes, to the Deux River, which cuts back and forth
through weeds and over beaver dams. You expect to see a moose around
finally did see the moose, but not until we made it all the way down to
Sturgeon Lake. There was a cow with her two calves on an island no more
than ten meters long and five meters wide. We could paddle right up
beside them and take pictures! On our way down Sturgeon Narrows we saw
a dead moose in the water by the bank.
we got down to Russell River, we were in for a little surprise. Trent
and I decided to hang around the mouth of the river and fish for a
while. So we're watching the other guys go up the river, and I noticed
they're moving kind of funny. I watched the last canoe, with Phil and
Jay, paddle real fast from one side of the river to the other, like
they were running from something! Then they turn and race towards the
other bank, when all the sudden, over they go! They just flipped over
in the middle of the river! I couldn't believe my eyes.
paddled furiously to rescue what we could of equipment and food. We
knew the guys could swim. The amazing thing is, we didn't lose one pack
or any food! The guys lost a few lures and a fishing pole. But we had
extras of everything. After helping them pull their boat ashore to
empty it out, some of the guys needed to warm up in a sleeping bag for
all agreed we needed to make it up that river. This time, though, we
knew what was coming. The current was so strong, if you let your canoe
get sideways for half a second, you were finished. The guy in front had
to do exactly what the stern paddler said. This time no one flipped
over. We made it up the river and found a great island to camp on.
wake up with so much energy here! It's exciting to jump out of your
bag. The smells, the sunshine, the adventure... Before we get going,
though, we relax with coffee made over the morning fire.