Monday, August 19, 2013

Wolf Point

Paddling to Wolf Point

A bit of of a headwind made for a light chop which got calmer as we approached the point.

We had the pleasure of paddling with our friend Jim T who haD arrived at the boatlanding at the same time we did.

Jim  paddled around the point a ways and then stopped at our campsite for a cup of coffee the way back.

Seventy nine years old and still going strong.  You're only as old as you feel.

Morning coffee ....

...and a calm lake to paddle on to 14 Mile Point.  We packed all our food in the canoe just in case a bear happened to visit our campsite.

Eagle #1.  Young bald eagles look pretty motley.  It takes about four years I believe for them to achieve their adult plumage.  No sense standing out and having to defend a territory when you're still learning to hunt fish.

Eagle #2

Eagle #3

Sleeping Bay to 14 Mile Point.  I hadn't paddled for awhile and was starting to feel it in the shoulders by the time we made it to the point.  I was fortunate to have Carl N, a former canoe racer as my original instructor.  He taught me the short and quick stroke that racers use.  Most people learn the bad habit of reaching too far forward and pulling the paddle too far back.  You waste a lot of energy pushing down on the water and lifting it.  It's far better to keep the paddle blade  close to vertical through a short stroke so that the force is parallel to the direction of the canoe.

On the way back the wind picked up and the lake got a little choppy, so we pulled into Sleeping Bay for a break.

Eagle #4 (Actually this may be #1,2, or 3)

Moby Dick

One of our old campsites

Call me a chicken, but I really love it when Lake Superior gets oily calm.  Paddling in a  brisk wind and a following sea always gives me a bit of butterflies in the stomach.  And if the wind increases and the waves get bigger your mouth may start feeling dry - that's a good signal that maybe you should start looking for a place to land.

Eagle #5, an adult just before Wolf Point.  It's amazing how the white head of a mature eagle stands out in a distance.  The young birds just blend in, and their presence seems to be tolerated by the nesting pair.  Likely they were their offspring.

Back home again.

The lake is about a foot higher this year than it was last August.


Evening calm.

We took advantage of the calm to build our bonfire out on the rock shelf.  The mosquitoes finally gave up after dark.  Notice how the wind blows out into the lake during the evening, a reverse of the normal daytime onshore breezes.

The bears had left us a tree full of sugar plums.  We picked a couple of pints so that Marja can make a pie.

Cowboy coffee, filtered.

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