Portaging

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Two canoes on teh beach near our campsite.

Two canoes on the beach near our campsite.

We have just returned from a portaging trip with some friends of ours, we spend about 6 days paddling in Canada’s serene Algonquin Provincial Park.  While it rained a little bit every day, overall the weather was excellent for lugging seemingly heavy canoes and backpacks (loaded with gourmet food).  Our expedition took us to remote parts of the park where we were we saw  common loons, moose, giant snapping turtles and several kinds of frogs.  It was a good way to celebrate Nicole’s graduation from nursing school and put some distance between the busy school schedule and the beginning of her new career.

Wood boring beetles, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

These are evidently wood boring beetles of some type recorded 12:30 am at Misty Lake.  Faint Bullfrogs can hear in the distance, there were active mice or shews in the immediate area as well.Tim River photo

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Wood boring beetles, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744

Misty Lake Fishing, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Neil and Pattie fishing on Misty Lake in the early evening.  A group of boisterous campers can be heard across the lake on the left side.  Our camp is behind the mics.  No fish were harmed or even caught.

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Misty Lake Fishing, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t

White-throated sparrow, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

This call was heard prominently throughout our journey.  On our journey the bird was dubbed “poor Ethel” due to it’s melancholy call.  It is, from what I’m told, a very common call in Canada, and that is my experience on this trip.  Swainson’s Thrush and other birds I don’t know are also prominent in the background.

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White-throated sparrow, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t

Triple Splash, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Three mysterious splashes at 5:30 am, we are on the Tim river, are they beavers, muskrats or is someone  trying to dupe us?

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Triple Splash, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, Jecklin, DPA 4006,SD 744t