Algonquin – Sawyer

You can compress the diameter of your rolled-up sleeping bag by running over it with your car.
Jen and Karl’s log of Algonquin trip. August 16, 1998
Day 2: Rain Lake to Sawyer Lake to Jubilee Lake
I got up at 5:00 this morning to see the mist obscuring the other side of the lake. I sat for an hour on a large rock over the lake, listening to the loons and watching the fish jump. At one point, a frog hopped onto my foot.Karl awoke a few hours later, and we breakfasted on zucchini bread. We broke camp and started the rest of our journey at 10:30 am.There was a bottleneck at our first portage to Sawyer Lake, so we drifted in our canoe for a bit.  Although this portage was only 300 meters, low water made it much longer. The entrance was very shallow, covered with slime, and extremely smelly! It looked like a haven for leeches. Ahh, nature!  Once past this point, however, Samuel Lake was peaceful, small, and beautiful.Our portage to Jubilee Lake was slightly longer (550 meters) but very hilly. Once again, low water added another 100 meters to the portage.At the end of Jubilee Lake, at the portage site to the next eastern lake, we spotted a moose calf playing in the water. As Karl drew nearer to snap some photos, the mother came out of the woods and joined her calf. We watched them for 10 minutes. When we put our canoe in the water, they slowly ambled off. We decided to camp nearby, hoping we’d glimpse them again. Sure enough, the next morning I saw them drinking from the same spot!After setting up camp, I went for a swim in Jubilee Lake, then spent the rest of the afternoon reading. Very relaxing.Dinner was cocoa-mocha and rice-a-roni. The rice-a-roni called for butter, so I tried some ghee (clarified butter used in Indian cooking). Yuck! It was terrible stuff — oily and rancid tasting. I wondered if our jar had expired. As I was making dinner, it began to rain, so we waited it out in the tent. The rest of the night was rather chilly.Our sleep was much less comfortable this night because the ground where we set up the tent sloped slightly. I kept sliding downhill off my pad into the bottom of the tent!
Jubilee Lake - Algonquin Provincial Park
LOW WATER AT ENTRANCE TO JUBILEE LAKE.
Jen Weir packing foodbag on Jubilee Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park
JEN PACKING AT OUR CAMPSITE ON JUBILEE LAKE
Moose and Calf on Jubilee Lake
MOOSE & CALF ON JUBILEE LAKE

Loons on Jubilee Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park
LOONS ON JUBILEE LAKE.

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