Well, I decided to go for it and head for my cabin in Ely rather than ending at the Nina Moose Landing on the Echo Trail. I am now will beheading east on the US Canada border lakes and rivers. It adds a lot more miles and especially a lot of unknowns. I will be traveling the river system on the Canada/US border, it is part of the voyager route. This time I am going upstream which is safer because there is no worry concerns of being swept over falls or rapids. This system has at least five times the volume as the Maligne River so it’s big water. There’re also some extensive lake travel on the route.

Well, I decided to go for it and head for my cabin in Ely rather than ending at the Nina Moose Landing on the Echo Trail. I am now will beheading east on the US Canada border lakes and rivers. It adds a lot more miles and especially a lot of unknowns. I will be traveling the river system on the Canada/US border, it is part of the voyager route. This time I am going upstream which is safer because there is no worry concerns of being swept over falls or rapids. This system has at least five times the volume as the Maligne River so it’s big water. There’re also some extensive lake travel on the route.

I got up at 3 AM and was hauling by 3:45. The travel conditions were ideal. I moved quickly until 10 o’clock. I hit two large lakes with complicated bays, peninsulas and islands that I navigated by the stars. There was enough starlight that I could make out the silhouette of the land features when I traveled closer. I weaved in and out using mostly in the southern stars in Scorpio and Libra to guide me. Mars was spectacular. The speedy travel ended around 10 when I reached Rebecca Falls. It’s a beautiful falls that drops into a cauldron like bay forming a large black open pool speckled with floating, bobbing ice. I waterproofed, lashed up and dressed down. I made an easy entry into the water, but I had very very tricky ice to exit out on in the small bay that the portage was in. I ended up crawling out on the ice from the canoe, using a long flat cedar branch to spread my weight. Once on the ice I pulled the canoe up with the rope that I had attached to the stern. And then there was the portage. It was relatively short but steep uphill. The snow was horrible, thigh deep quicksand stuff. I ended up making five trips. After that I had some real tricky ice that I used various methods to cross. Then it was a mile haul to the beginning of a long portage that goes around the spectacular Granite Falls and the rapids below it. I made camp at the base of the portage which gave me a break and then I made one carry of items I didn’t need on an everyday basis in order to break the trail. So it will set me up for a 4 AM departure tomorrow. It was a 14 1/2 hour day. It took me over seven hours to make the last mile and a half.

That thaw continues. Absolutely gorgeous clear weather with cumulous clouds and a high in the 50° range. I travel shirtless for a while.

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