Wednesday August 9

And an equally impressive sunrise.
One thing that made this trip difficult was the ruggedness of the portages.  Much of the ground was boggy and there was lots of deadfall as the trails did not appear to have seen much travel.
This is a picture of Hans with with his head in the canoe.  I put this in because it shows how difficult the footing was on most of the portage trails.

Then there were the water portages.

Then we have what I call pre and post portaging.  This is where you have to carry your stuff across rocks or muck to get to the portage or to launch your canoe.  This makes the portages twice as difficult and time consuming not to mention a bit dangerous.

Mike waiting to post portage to the next lake.

Found a nice waterfall along the trial exiting Mexican Hat Lake.  There was another group camping on Mexican Hat and there was a group portaging in along the waterfall.  These were the first people we saw in four days and they were the only other people we saw.  One thing you can say about Woodland Caribou is it is not crowded.
Just laying in the ten after a long day on the water enjoying the view out the front door.
Camp the fourth night on a no name lake, but it was a nice campsite.
So, people always ask, why do we do it?.  Why do we paddle canoes from 7:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon, repeatedly humping 40 pound packs and canoes through mosquito infested bogs, up to our knees in mud. 

Well, all I can say is when you finally get into camp at the end of the day, somehow it all seems worth it.

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