That's too bad -- this is the same weekend that we'll be paddling up in Temagami.
Depending on the ice.
It's always a crap shoot to see if Mother Nature will cooperate.
But it is a great time of year for a paddle -- hardly any bugs and even fewer people. Sorry that I won't be able to make it, especially considering that there is stew on the menu. You boys do know how to cook up dinner!
Enjoy your trip and stay safe.
I shall monitor this thread.
Since I am without canoe, and the experience that comes from having one, I can't say that I would be well suited for this trip.
I was thinking, however, if I were to rent a solo canoe (I am currently in the market for buying one), would a newbie like me be able to tuff it out and tag along? I wouldn't complain too much, and only to Chard, I know he thrives off it.
Alternatively, coming in from Magnetewan and puddle jumping east through to Daisy, Misty and McIntosh allows you to avoid the bigger lakes and odds are you'll have a tail wind all the way in. Trolling along the way would probably be better as well. The only catch is that it's another 2 hours drive from Ottawa and more, albeit shorter, portages.
Oh! Actually complaints go quite well with a little single malt and a campfire! Very theraputic.
I assume the fishing's awesome in Temagami that time of year. What route were you thinking of doing if you don't mind me asking?
Last edited by Chard; 03-07-2013 at 16:29.
Thanks for the info Chard. I have no problem with addidional drive time if it means ill be more comfortable and safe on the trek. I can always map out the alternate route as suggested, and plan to meet everyone at a site.
Promising news! Ill keep all of this in mind and when this outing settles on its final route, Ill see what I can manage. Guess I need to get a roof rack too...
Last edited by Chard; 03-07-2013 at 13:14.
We might make it as far as Iceland Lake, though I haven't given much thought as to our exit -- either back the way we came or loop back via High Rock Island. But that depends on the wind and the waves and our resolve!
Massasauga is booked as an alternate if the ice is still an issue, but it ain't Temagami. At that time of year, you can paddle and literally not see another soul while you are on the water the entire trip.
So it looks like Tracey and myself will need to bow out of this one. I have been wanting to do longish solo hike for my birthday and 2 trips in one week will be too much.