Met campers at Thunder Bay airport (instead of Temagami) - Bus to Pickle Lake - Morris River - Pipestone River - Kingfisher Lake - Kingfisher Lake settlement - Asheweig River - Kasabonika Lake - Kasabonika settlement - Asheweig River - Winisk River - Peawanuck - Air to Pickle Lake - Bus to Temagami
First Keewaydin section to descend entire Asheweig River
Back from a great summer in northwestern Ontario. Left to right, back row: Bill Carpenter (staffman), Chris Schneider, Dana Shonk, Doug Mosle, John Lehrman holding Smash, Steve Huber, Andy Pepall (guide). Front row: John O'Brien, Andy Wittich, Frederick Reimers, Jack Talmadge, Mike DePass.
We arrived at this trashed-out campsite on Pickle Lake last night, after driving several hundred miles from Thunder Bay in a small school bus packed with gear and people. I won't get into the flat tire and lost luggage right now.
Today, we left camp after 1:00 p.m. to let the canoes' paint dry. We struggled through a half-mile portage where my foot got stuck in muskeg. I almost lost my boot. I had to put the canoe down — something which I am loathe to do, especially since I was so close to the end.
After a supper of ham, potatoes and peas, John and I took a canoe out for some fishing. We caught about ten walleye (pickerel) before it got dark. The moon looked nice on the water and we saw an osprey being harassed by terns. Even though it was a short day, we were exhausted.
John O'Brien, personal log, 6/26/88
We awoke to the tune of "Morning Has Broken" as sung (slightly off-key) by our comic guide, Andy Pepall.
I forgot to mention that there is a ban on all fires in the area due to the dry weather. Instead we have been cooking with a Coleman propane stove, which I have been assigned to carry. In about four days we should be out of the fire-ban area. Until then, our meals will be simple with no baking. This morning, in addition to the usual hot cereal, coffee and bacon, we had excellent fish fried with flour in bacon grease.
We broke camp around 8:45 a.m. and paddled out onto the overcast day. We eased through four portages before lunch, each about 600 yards. I was in the bow of the canoe today so it wasn't my responsibility for carrying it. Instead, I had the wannigan (very heavy) and double-packs to contend with. We are going to alternate daily, Doug and I, bow to stern.
After a lunch of macaroni and cheese, we walked down three sets of rapids that were a little too shallow to shoot. I got soaked. Midway down the third one we made camp. It started to rain just before dinner.
John O'Brien, personal log, 6/26/88
Windbound at Peawanuck
We were windbound at Peawanuck for three days. Planes couldn't land. We had to endure sandstorms due in part to the construction going on for the new settlement, replacing the washed-out Winisk.
Dana Shonk, 1/22/00
Andy Pepall Dana Shonk Doug Mosle John Lehrman
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