Wed. April 28

Early morning - ice, broke camp, good sleep, calm, blue.

I wanted to stay at Sunbeam Lake for two days but, I had told the rangers that I'd be there only one night.

Mid morning - Sunbeam Lake to Aster Pond portage. west wind. 670 m. fresh moose scat, grouse drum.

This was my longest portage (670 x 3) 2010 m. The wind felt as though it came from the west. It was the north wind channeled and funneled.



Late morning - Aster pond to Willow Lake 240m

The stream between Aster Pond and Willow Lake was occupied by a colony of beavers who built two dams and many lodges.


Noon - lunch Willow Lake put-in.

At the south west end of Willow Lake there is a 130 m portage to a pond called "Pond". I discovered a puzzling log jam over the take-out. I landed my canoe a few meters west of it.


I took my pack over the 130 m portage to the pond called "pond" to think about it but, now that I think about it - not to think about it.

The footing was impossible off the portage path and in the bushes so I drew my canoe over the branches with ropes.

The water was frigid. It would have been very painful to unload my packs, paddle, seat, and drag the canoe over the log.

I heard a helicopter. Later I learned that a young man had frozen to death in the Algonquin waters that day.



Early afternoon - pond to Bartlett Lake 478 m
(x 3 = 1434 m) portage.

Last of the day.

- Bartlett Lake huge log over portage put-in.

Another puzzle. I loaded the canoe paddled towards the west (right), pushed the gigantic log like a tug, and slipped by it.

- sailed down Bartlett Lake to a downstream stream to Tom Thompson Lake.




Middle afternoon - draw over beaver dam from Tom Thompson Lake to Little Doe Lake.
In two days and a night I had completed one of the variations of "The Sunbeam Lake Circuit".

Sunset - wind NNW cold gale, inside, within the forest I found a sheltered place.

I set a fly sheet over my hammock tent.

After sunset - calling answering chorus




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