It has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding past 10 days for Carol and Glenn! These last days have been full of difficult portages, bear sightings and absolutely stunning scenery!
While packing up to leave one of their incredibly beautiful campsites on the French River, Carol and Glenn spotted another black bear checking them out! Again, it was from a safe distance! But seeing a bear always raises hairs on the back of their necks. Check out the picture below!
The French River has been beautiful and challenging! Check out the pictures below! The first photo is of one of many breath taking landscapes. And the second photo captures a little insight as to how challenging the portages have been with all the rocks!
Carol and Glenn have to be extra careful while portaging as they do not want a sprained or broken ankle at this point in the journey! Especially, when they are so very close to being totally done this amazing quest across Canada! All in support of raising funds for Loving Spoonful.
While on the French River, Carol and Glenn were blessed with many picturesque morning views. Check out the pictures below of the mist on the water. And the calmness they were able to experience. What a rewarding way to start the day!
After leaving the French River, Carol and Glenn entered Lake Nippissing. They were only on it for two days as it brought them to North Bay. But what a challenging day it was!
Just before they made it to North Bay, the wind picked up and caused 3 footer waves and rain! Since Lake Nippissing is shallow (40 feet at its deepest), the wind creates much larger waves. What Carol and Glenn have learned is that the size and shape of a wave depends on how big the body of water is and its depth. Shallow lakes tend to have waves that are steeper, closer together and break more easily. And are the MOST difficult to paddle in!
Above is a picture of a wonderful bay Carol and Glenn had lunch in! They found refuge from the intensity of Lake Nippissing to recharge before getting to North Bay!
When they finally reached North Bay, they had a 10 km portage through the city! And of course they stopped at a laundromat and parked their canoe to catch up on some much needed laundry. They also stopped to get fresh local fruits and veggies!
While in North Bay, Carol and Glenn felt the welcoming and generous love of their fellow Canadian neighbours once again! They were invited into a couples home for dinner that they previously met on Lake superior! Otto and Jennifer were part of a kayaking group! They remembered that Carol and Glenn were going to be passing through North Bay and kindly invited them over for a delicious dinner. Jennifer and Otto also gave Carol and Glenn their weather radio to borrow as theirs had broke! This was an invaluable resource at the time! And they were extremely thankful and grateful! Check out the picture below.
Below are a few pictures of Carol and Glenn portaging through North Bay. They had a 10 km portage from Lake Nippissing to Trout Lake!
They only spent a short time on Trout Lake before reaching the Mattawa River! The Mattawa River had some seriously technical portaging for Carol and Glenn to complete! The most technical so far! The Talon Chutes Portage was by far the most challenging yet, Since they had to do 6 portages in one day!
But they still managed to cool off and go for a welcomed swim after!
Now Carol and Glenn are on the Ottawa River! Getting so much closer to their destination and feeling more motivated than ever!
Keep on Paddling!