Nothing epic. Just a jaunt from Canoe to Burnt Island. Then to Little Otterslide. And finally, two days on Tom Thomson.
En route to Burnt Island Lake
There are just three portages...the flat and easy 260m from Canoe to Joe, this 435 to Baby Joe, and an easy 200m to Burnt Island Lk.
The outfitter gave me this beautiful new canoe. The tag says July 2017. Hardly a scratch on it. Looks green here but was actually kind of turquoise.
Burnt Island campsite
On a point on the south shore, facing northwest toward the narrows.
The northwest wind can really whistle through here. Luckily the fireplace is well protected behind a huge rock.
Chair for scale! (Didn't have a banana.)
More campsite furniture
Looks like the bench was repurposed as a cooking shelf.
That's a Blackbird XLC hammock (extra long and convertible) with a Wooki underquilt and an 11'x12' tarp from Warbonnet Outdoors in Colorado. Comfy.
I decided to take my time and just paddle slowly around the lake, since my destination was just the next lake. I love the middle and east end of Burnt Island Lake.
Fall colours just beginning to show.
Ready to carry
Just taken out from Burnt Island en route to Little Otterslide.
Portage to Little Otterslide
A bit muddy and rocky in places...
On Little Otterslide
Campsite on Little Otterslide
It was just the second site I came to, but I liked the looks of it.
Late afternoon sun
Kraft Dinner and bacon ;-)
Good view of the Wooki underquilt. Since you sleep diagonally in a hammock, the down-filled chambers are attached diagonally across a kind of second hammock under the first one, deploying the warmth only where you sleep.
Spent the afternoon reading a thriller I borrowed from one of those library boxes on the street.
First red maple
Glassy Little Otterslide
Back on Burnt Island
It was one of those beautiful late summer days with very little wind and beautiful skies.
Paddling paradise on Burnt Island Lake
Great conditions for canoeing.
The Narrows of Burnt Island Lake
Destination Tom Thomson Lake
Took the 1340m portage to Little Doe Lake. Ran into lots of students on canoe trips run by Alive Outdoors guides.
Tom Thomson Lake
Campsite on Tom Thomson
Morning view from the hammock
I spent the morning and early afternoon paddling around the lake (and Bartlett Lake), but forgot my camera. The afternoon was hot. Tried to read.
The sky looked like there had been a forest fire...
Looking toward the Island campsite on Tom Thomson.
Ready to go
About 7:30. I actually got disoriented in the mist at first and started heading along the north shore almost to Bartlett Lake.
Approaching Teepee Lake
Had a nice chat with two of the Alive guides who were heading with their group to a rendezvous at Camp Arowhon on Teepee Lake. They told me there are about 5000 kids and over 100 guides working each summer. Wow! Wish I had taken their picture.
Soloist in the Mist
I ran into this guy on Tom Thomson the previous day, and ended up following him back to Canoe Lake. Sounds like he had a great trip on Brûle, McIntosh, and Thomson.
Mist burned off here and by the time I got to Canoe Lake it was sunny and very hot.
Friday around noon, Canoe Lake
Great trip. Perfect weather. And the forecast called for another straight week of summer weather in September, so the lake was jammed with folks going in for the weekend.