I must be getting into the groove of being outdoors and off the grid, I have no idea what day it is and how long since I last posted. It appears that my last blog post was about the put-in and day #1 adventures; possibly… My goal is to post when I have internet access and when I don’t I either go for a hike or go to bed early. When I’m able to connect I’ll try to remember all that’s happened since the last update. Funny thing, the days in the seat of a canoe go so slow that time seems to stretch.
|“Strong” Montana wind!|
So…my last update was after my first portage of the trip around the Toston dam. As with every paddle trip I’ve made, the first time lugging gear feels impossible. My approach to packing for paddling is to streamline my gear into as few bags as possible. Pulling in the other direction is my desire to have my coffee cup, phone (gotta take some photos!), GPS, water bottle, weather radio, and other comfort items close at hand in the canoe cockpit. I purchased a mesh duffle bag for this trip where all those items are stashed when I come to a portage. It, and the other bags, can be quickly tossed onto the bank and the canoe attached to the canoe cart and everything humped to the end of the portage. I was stupid on the Toston dam portage and got greedy. I figured that since I had a canoe cart I could load all my gear in the canoe and away I’d go. Things didn’t, of course, go as planned.
|Canyon Lake campsite|
|Hello mamma moose!|
The following morning the water was still mirror glass calm. Not wanting to tempt fate, I worked at reloading the canoe into a more balance arrangement and got a quick start. Once out on the water I received a text from Norman Miller of the Missouri River Paddler’s Group telling me that a member would be at the portage to assist me. It was going to be another excellent day…