Algonquin 2004

Rock Lake - Pen Lake - Clydegale Lake

Thursday, September 17, 2004

Friday, September 18, 2004

The permit.

Unloading the truck.

The launch area was fairly crowded.

What would become a familiar site on this trip...  Lennard studying the map trying to figure out where the heck we were!

Lennard striking a pose on the tennis courts.

A tight squeeze through a rocky section on Pen Lake!

Site Review: 8/10
Docking: Excellent, nice beach
Size, suitable tent locations: Excellent
Sun/Shade: Evening sun

Our first site had a beautiful beach.

Sunset on Pen Lake.

Saturday, September 19, 2004

A good fire to warm up the morning.  It dipped to 2 or 3 degrees Celcius over night.

Happy to be alive that morning!

The morning visit to the "ThunderBox"

At the start of the portage.

At the finish of the portage.

Site Review: 10/10          Best in Algonquin?
Docking: Excellent, nice sandy beach, protected by two rocky spits
Size, suitable tent locations: Excellent, multi-level, tent locations slightly limited
Sun/Shade: Limited sunshine throughout the day

A couple of shots of our Clydegale Lake site.  It was a beauty!  Lennard is in the chair towards the front of the area where our tent was, and the canoe is off to the right on the nice sandy beach area.

Yep, we really did swim!

Lennard enjoying the fire.  We got good at this, and had a bigger fire each night!

Watching the sunset.

Sunday, September 20, 2004

The early morning sun started hitting the tree tops.

Some wildlife enroute to Site 3.

Site Review: 6/10         Nice panoramic view of the lake
Docking: Poor, just rock
Size, suitable tent locations: Good, tent locations limited due to slope
Sun/Shade: Limited sunshine throughout the day

Site 3.  No beach, just rock this time.

Standing on the edge of the landlocked Gem Lake.

Exploring the dam and water falls area.

Back at camp.

More wildlife... Look closely!

The best fire yet!

Sunset approaches.

Finally, when our food sack is virtually empty, we had our most successful hanging of the trip.  Look closely for a little dark red at the very top of the picture.

Lots of nice hot coals!

Monday, September 21, 2004

Before the sun rose on Pen Lake

Rock Lake was as totally calm as we left the portage.

Approaching the cliffs.

The only (?) pictograph we could find (with some help from a passing canoeist) on the Rock Lake cliffs.

Like a mirror.

I see the truck in a virtually empty parking lot and no people at all.  All the Torontonians are already back at work.

Back home!