Algonquin Trip 3 - May 1999
Algonquin Trip 3 - May 20-23 1999
What follows are some random notes that I've made about the trip
(and you can infer the route from the lakes using the
It's not a complete list of
my memories and is really intended to remind us of the trip.
We took 25 pictures during the trip and they are all available with
a little commentary here. The section of the
park that we travelled through is here.
I plan to annotate the map with our route and sites.
The three things that stick out the most from this trip are the flies, the fact
that we didn't see a single moose and the really nice rapids on Amable
du Fond river. Actually, I guess four things stick out. Women in the
park at this time of year seem more likely to be carrying a canoe.
For this trip, we actually brought 3 packs. The food pack was about
normal weight (we had far too much left over food) and the 2 clothing
packs were relatively light. We had too much "warm stuff" for 1 pack
but not enough to fill 2. In restrospect, I think we could have done the
trip with just 2 packs, spreading the food around during the day and
using one of the packs to tree the food at night. Oh well, still learning
how to travel light.
Breakfasts were mostly bagel and PB or cheese whiz. Jodi had a bulgar
wheat (?) and fruit thing one morning. Lunches were pita and cheese
with gorp (almost entirely the "salty" gorp: bbq peanuts, soy nuts,
sunflower seeds, tiny bit of granola and unsalted peanuts; also had
a chocolate gorp: chocolate chips and granola which is really good when
melted but otherwise not very exciting). Ate 2 chocolate bars and a
bunch of dried banana chips.
Had the filling from a Chocolate Silk Pie (cheese cake) with a shot
of Bailey's for desert one night. Very tasty.
Drank tea most nights and I had hot chocolate on the first night
(I had to drown my sorrows).
I would guess less than 10 pounds worth of food was eaten. About 20-25
pounds was lugged around the park. Damn this paranoia.
Night 1 Maple Lake
Dinner Cheesy Couscous
Paddling 10 km Portaging 6 @ 2.6 km
- Or is that Kioskawekawake lake.
- Long drive from Barrie, we didn't hit the water until about 1:00 pm.
- Oh, those wimpy guys from Sweden who couldn't take a few
- The black flies were unbelievable. We were swarmed before
we started the trip and they didn't let up.
You couldn't actually look up while paddling without being
pelted by black flies.
- Dinner was fun, we had to pick out black flies before we could
take a bite.
- In the tent right after dinner, well before dark.
- Thank god for the black fly circus to keep us occupied.
- Tonight's plan: one more night and we are running away from
the damn flies!
- Did I mention the flies enough? Probably not.
Night 2 Three Mile Lake
Dinner Pesto Potatoes
Paddling 8 km Portaging 4 @ 2 km
- Pretty uneventful day. Quit relatively early because we hit
Three Mile lake and were too tired to handle the 2.5 km of
portaging that were needed to get us to another good lake.
- Met the world's most relaxed conservation dude and his son/nephew.
- Actually saw other people camping on our lake; they appeared
to be fisherman and provided poor entertainment.
- Still suffering from the black fly blahs, but a good smokey
fire provided a little relief.
Night 3 North Tea Lake
Dinner Black Bean Soup
Paddling 15 km Portaging 7 @ 3.35 km Actual Portaging 9 @ 4.8 km
- Hellolong day thanks to a little detour. Mental note: check the map
before doing an unmaintained 750m portage into the wrong lake.
- And, Jodi gets to do all the fun portages. But, what a smooth
- Starting to pick up our stride again. Really need to remember
that the first trip of the year is hard.
- Cayak dude which just proves that you really want to do this
sort of thing in a canoe (how the hell can you stand those
- Weird man with his dog that was paddling around and just
stopped while we were around.
- World's most obnoxious people paddled past us. Can't forget
their poor friends that were, apparently, trying to run
away and hide. I can't blame them.
- Magic tree on Biggar/North Tea.
- "There's a RIDE stop just around the corner"
- Great site! A giant rock cliff on the front, an unused fire
pit and 3 nice areas for tents.
- First bear tree branch didn't work, and we were quickly
running out of light when I made the bear tree throw that
deserves to go down in history.
Paddling 25 km Portaging 4 @ 2 km (+ 1 @ 485 - low water
option that can be avoided)
- This was definitely the day of cool rapids.
- Cool butterflies
- Freaks exist that use our portages for nature trails.
"How are you?" / "Great [ie, I'm wearing a sweat shirt, carrying a
73 lbs canoe and dieing, I hope you rot in hell]"
- Completely immune to the bugs by now. Lunch involved sitting near
icky water (in the mud) and this was no longer a problem...
- Remains of a small forest fire. Very interesting and very
- Weird posts and rock piles in the arm of Kiosk. Logging?
Resort on Manitou? Other?
- Kioskawakewika (Kiosk) lake was really rough. Had waves that
were over a foot for awhile and it took us over 1 1/2 hours to