After breakfast, short paddle to the first portage – 4-rod then 18 rod to Brent Lake.
Two short portages (20-rod and 2-rod) to Conmee Lake. Long paddle on Conmee, drizzle and light rain.
Short, 13-rod portage to the start of Death March Portages (140-rod, 288-rod, 193-rod). Ate a cold lunch before starting. Still light rain, etc.
This is a very marshy area. All of the little lakes and streams are a red color. We did not take any water from these areas.
First portage completed.
Second portage completed.
Last portage the skies opened up. Full-blown thunderstorm, heavy rains, lightning. This section had the worst of the muskeg, which is basically a peat bog. “A swamp or bog in which there are many layers of decaying matter, often covered with sphagnum moss.” You can sink up to your thighs in it – tough to get out of (and it really stinks).
At the end, we all huddled under the canoes to stay a little dry. Temperature dropped as the thunderstorm finished.
Paddled over to the campsite on the island. Changed to dry clothes to fend off hypothermia.
One canoe went by late afternoon – headed further up the lake.
Panoramic from campsite
Did some fishing, hot supper, bed at sunset.
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