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Tim’s Travel Diary

Friday, 26 Sep 2003

Location: Algonquin Park, Canada

MapAnother canoe trip to Algonquin Park

The day began with everyone meeting at Tim's house to pack up the cars. This trip included Tim, Susan, Sommer, Marianne and Pat. We were all a little anxious as the weatherman had suggested rain and thunderstorms. It was 1pm, much later than we had hoped to set off. We got out our two way radios, one for each car and we were off.

A quick stop at the store at Opeongo Lake to pick up canoe rentals and we were ready for adventure. We had borrowed a fifteen foot canoe from a friend, so we only needed one rental. After some minor adjustments in the canoes, we were off.

What we didn't realize was just how large a lake Opeongo truly is. This lake was proving to be a much greater challenge; the waves were strong and high and our poor little red canoe began taking in a great deal of water to the boy's dismay.

We paddled for hours to cross the lake to what was to be our first portage. Before long it was getting dark and Tim and Susan found themselves eying the shoreline for a campsite. Although the journey had been a challenge we made our destination on the other end of the lake.

We unpacked our lantern and began to set up camp. Everyone began to relax as the list of things to do shrunk until there was nothing to do but sit by the fire to discuss the day's adventure. It was Tim's birthday and we sang happy birthday by the fire. All in all it had been a great day!