A Short Trip

Round Lake Landing

Round Lake landing

Brant Lake Site

Brant Lake site

For a variety of reasons, we only managed to squeeze in a short trip this year. Five days from beginning to end and we covered less than 20 miles net. Nevertheless, we were both happy to be there, and we obtained at least a partial restoration to sanity by the time we got home. We went in on Round Lake and took the Brant Lake entry point instead of Missing Link (that's the way we came out). We took the easternmost site on Brant early on our first day. It is tucked back in a bay behind a strategically placed island, so we were sheltered from the day's traffic. The black flies were horrifyingly obnoxious, though, and we thought we were doomed. Fortunately, once we got a couple lakes further away on the second day, the bugs pretty much disappeared.

view from island

view from island

wilderness staircase

wilderness staircase

Gillis bluff

Gillis bluff

Gillis sunset

Gillis sunset

Gabimichigami deer?

Gabimichigami deer?

A convenient staircase eased us down a cliff and then onto Gillis Lake the next day. We found a nice campsite on the north shoreline that came with its own private climbing bluff. It was another short paddling day and we spent the rest of the time resting and reading. About halfway through the third day the wind picked up rather dramatically. We had just come out onto Gabimichigami (the "great big bowl of a lake" as Tom calls it) and decided it would be best to find a spot to eat lunch and wait a bit. Well, the wind did not die down until the wee hours of the next morning. Throughout the day the winds were steady in the 20-30 mph range with gusts that must have been in excess of 40 mph. The campsite we had stopped at on the east side of the lake gave us great views of the surf but not much shelter from the wind. The tent was being blown flat, so we rigged up a wind break with the canoe and hunkered down. Didn't get much sleep that night.

wind break

wind break

morning mist

morning mist

The next day was much calmer and we took a leisurely pace to reach Crooked Lake. Still had plenty of time for napping and reading. The next morning we packed up and pushed all the way out through Tuscarora and Missing Link. Something about Tuscarora struck me as odd while we paddled on it -- the shorescape looked like a county park for some reason. Have to go back and check it out again in the future. (Been through a couple times since, and it must have been the light or my mood or something -- it looks just fine.)

Last Update on March 16, 2005

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