Day 4 (Tuesday 09/14/04) – Darky to Basswood
It rained most of the night (new tent worked great!), heavy at 3:30 AM, but it pretty much stopped by 5:00. We were up by 6:00, packed up in the drizzle (oatmeal and cocoa for a quick breakfast) and on the water by 8:00. No sunrise pictures today! The wind switched to the west early morning.
We saw two sets of pictographs at the south end of Darky – quite different compared to Agnes pictographs.
Note the rifle in this one!
We took the south 126 rod portage (quite a bit of up!) to Argo Lake, southwest (into the wind) then northeast (tailwind) to a hilly 42 rod portage to an unnamed lake with a pebble-like shore. After a short paddle, then a 180 rod portage we came to Cone Lake at 10:30 (rain/mist the last 5 minutes, then sunshine). We saw wolf and bear (probably) paw prints on this portage.
We left Cove Lake, with a short 35 rod portage to another unnamed lake, then a very short portage to Elk Lake. We had lunch on a campsite there just before noon - saw 2 fishermen go by the other way. We could not find the 154 rod portage to Gardner Bay and ended up taking the 3 portage/pothole route instead. The left (east) portage to Crooked Lake required a portage due to low water. The last portage out of Gardner Bay was an easy 48 rods – could not find a campsite (as marked) on the Gardner Bay side of the portage.
We camped at an island about ½ mile to the west of the portage. Caught 2 nice smallmouth for supper (rice and mud pies). Great sunset - 75° F at 9:00! I noticed a low pitched hum here (controlled burn equipment?).
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