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Live Blogging from the Missinaibi, Part II

[Editor’s note: Jay was a day late calling in because it was raining too hard on Tuesday night to come out of his tent and use the satellite phone.]

Day 5, Wednesday, July 15: We stayed at Barclay Bay campground in the provincial park last night. Left this morning at 9:30 am–we had a slow start getting things together. We paddled the rest of Missinaibi Lake to the source of the river, which was 12km, 3 hours. So it took us 2 days and 9.5 hours of paddling to cross Missinaibi Lake. We had excellent weather to make this huge open water crossing. Reached the source of the Missinaibi River, water was slow draining out of the lake. A little bit downstream from the source is first rapid, a class 2, which we ran after scouting. The next two class 1s we boat scouted and ran. We camped at Flying Post Creek. Bugs were bad in daytime, but at camp in the evening they were surprisingly good. Even though we were way back in woods, we were able to cook dinner and sit around in camp. Suddenly at bedtime the bugs found us again, so everybody dove for the tents at 10 pm. Total of 28km: 13km on the lake, 15km on river.
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Live Blogging from the Missinaibi River

[Jay called in on the satellite phone around 7:00 this evening with a trip progress report, which is posted below. -Loretta]

Friday, July 10: we left Lansing and drove as far as Alona Bay on Highway 17 in Ontario. Car camped for the night near the highway and Lake Superior.

Saturday, July 11: we drove the rest of the way and launched on Hawk Lake at 11 a.m. Paddled only 1.5 hours before being blown off Manitowoc Lake by high winds around 1:30 p.m We were windbound for 3.5 hours and got back on the water at 5 p.m. Made it to camp at the Stony Falls portage at 8 p.m. Stony Falls was our destination for that day, so we were on schedule even though we had down time. Paddled 30km total, late day but had time to get to camp.

Sunday, July 12: we broke camp at 8 a.m., finished portaging Stony Rapids, back on the water at 9:15 a.m. Traveled only 6km, by 11:45 we were blown off the lake again. Tried again at 2 p.m., winds still too high so we bush camped. We lost the whole day and were 22km behind schedule.

Monday, July 13: OMG, we made it all the way to Missiniabi Lake today. Light winds pushed us all day. Launched at 8:40 a.m. Passed town of Missinaibie by 9 a.m. Passed the previous campsite we were supposed to reach yesterday evening . Had headwinds in p.m. but still made great progress. We wanted to stage for Missinaibi Lake the next morning, and we made up almost all of our time.

Tuesday, July 14: we started at 8 a.m. crossing Missinaibi Lake. The lake was dead calm. Rounded Fairy Point, no wind. Lunched at Whitefish Falls, still no wind. Reached the provincial park campground at 4 p.m. We had planned to camp tonight on an island but it was already occupied so decided to not keep pushing on.  We found a group site out of way of other people. Paddled 24km today, still a couple km short due to slow travel days because of the wind. We’ll be on the river tomorrow.

Weather: a few sprinkles but nothing significant, hovering in 50s at night, high 60s to low70s during the day, close to 80 today.

Bugs are horrible, all mosquitoes. There are a few deer flies and no black flies, but the mosquitoes are out in force.

Saw a moose this morning, and saw black bear swim across the narrows of Lake Missinaibi yesterday.

Will call in again Friday evening, July 17.