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    Just back from the first outing of 2011 - and the first ever for my new bowmate, the mighty Wizard!

    It was quite a trip.

    Started Friday a.m. for a 4 hour drive, north and east to Bon Echo Provincial Park. a fair-size park comprising about 66 sq. km. of wildlands and fantastic geological formations.

    First phase was to launch on Mazinaw Lake to see some 800-year-old Native American red-ochre pictographs along a portion of it, as well as to gaze at a massive rock formation known as the Mazinaw Rock.

    I couldn't have asked for better weather to carry down and launch:


    Mazinaw Rock - hard to get perspective, but this rock face is over 300 feet high - truly spectacular:




    The paintings are right along the waterline of the cliff. No one really knows what they mean, but this area was obviously some kind of 'message board' as well as a significant religious site:










    It was believed that this very deep water at the base of the cliff - about 500 feet straight down - was the home of Mishepishu - the Great Horned Lynx who could control the wind and water with huge sweeps of his great tail. Not hard to believe when you sit in your tiny canoe gazing into that incredibly black water - the magik there is palpable - it has a physical feel that you cannot ignore - the true meaning of awe, I think.

    Because we have had record amounts of rainfall this Spring, coupled with the usual snow-melt runoff, a fantastic new waterfall has appeared on the cliff. It has never been there before when i have visited here - amazing -



    I pulled in closer - couldn't help myself - the sound was a siren song:




    And right up to it:







    I was, unfortunately, sufficiently fascinated by all this that I forgot my companion, who did NOT appreciate the icy shower AT ALL! I got "the Look" :





    But, the day was moving on. So, with a fighter escort of red-tail hawks, I paddled back to the take-out to begin the next part of the journey:








    Having re-loaded the canoe and the bowmate, I headed due west about 10 km. over a nasty half-washed-out track (I can't call it a road... ) to my next stop, a lake called Joeperry Lake in the lesser-known and less-travelled western part of the Park (I have NO idea who Joe Perry was or why the lake has his name...). The path to the launch is about 300 meters and a bit of a 'grunt', even going down. I will not speak of the return trip...

    But, worth all the effort:


    The water was like glass as I headed for my campsite:







    My 'pilot' showed me the way:




    The 'final approach' for landing:





    The area was heavily logged about 150 years ago, and there are still some remnants of that time around. I moored to an iron ring sunk deep into the rock, left over from those days:



    Beautiful sheltered grove for a place to sleep:





    And then.... the bugs arrived. Lord, I have NEVER seen such swarms of black flies in my life. Their bites were more vicious than I ever remember , too:






    They completely ignored my gallons of Deet!

    Fortunately, I had anticipated some such thing (altho not as bad as they actually were) and I had bought a collapsible bug-hut for Wizard:



    Quite a neat gizmo - it folds down to the size of a small flat attache case, and it certainly kept him from the worst of the infestation.

    Despite the insects, I took a tour of some wonderful wetlands nearby, which are, with the assistance of Brother Beaver, gradually closing off a narrow channel connecting 2 lakes, and turning them into land. Quite remarkable process:

    The water through here is just enough to float the boat (mostly... ):














    And, with the day coming to a close, back to my home-away-from-home:











    One more night by the fire:





    And then head for home once more:




    Fortunately, I knew the way, coz my pilot had decided it was WAY too early in the day to do anything but sleep:





    A fine way for Wizard's new career to begin, and a wonderful (if buggy) way to start 2011!

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    Fantastic! Despite the black fly, which sound grim. Looks like you got some great weather after all. Wizard is already looking like a veteran canoe-dog.

    Mazinaw Rock looks & sounds like a special place. Did a quick google, interesting stuff. This photo gives some idea of the huge size of the rock - spot the paddlers at the bottom http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ma...,_Bon_Echo.jpg
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    Looks a fascinating place. I would love to visit it some day.

    Glad you and Wizard had a great time.

    Shame the Eye of Horus didn't ward off the beasties though.

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    A very enjoyable blogg. Great to see Wizard enjoying the life of a bush dog.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Good stuff Sk8r, liking tha bug hut for your la'l dog.


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    Excellent first blog of the season sk8r look forward to more of the same, well maybe with less sand flies
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    So sitting here with 70mph gusts of wind and horizontal rain, feeling very jealous! Great blogg with some great pics!
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    Don't worry.. I am jealous too( and I am not that far comparatively to Bon Echo). I have a blogg posted on another site that went wonky and I cant copy and paste it. I will give you the REAL North America..bugs and rain and cold. Its 45 now outside ...that about seven for you C people.

    Argh there is blue sky somewhere. Not here not for over ten days. And certainly not in the Adirondacks where I took my trip (some four hours from Bon Echo)

    I will leave it at three photos. Its not my license plate





    and I could not get home. I depend on a ferry.



    I am amazed that Mazinaw Rock has not been vandalized ..its a popular area. However the last time I was there I was nearly struck by lightning...an omen? (We were near the top of the cliff and ran partway down)
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    Hi sk8ter,
    really pleased to see you had a some cracking sunshine and a great trip after all that snow this winter. Wizard looks the part, ready for making a dog-canoe-movie

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    Great shots. Don't let the redtails get the dog.

    We saw Mishepishu here,

    hosted on Flickr

    ...on a cliff facing Lake Superior.


    .... and Bluewater uses Mishepishu as a logo, which perhaps led to their being devoured by Scott...


    Perhaps Mishepishu is Ojibwa for "Dive at your own risk."

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    Agawa Rock I spect. That's at least what I remember.

    I am doing a solo trip next month in Lake Superior National Park.

    With my luck I will get pea soup... or high winds.

    And Mishepishu will be after me. Do you think a carton of cigs will appease?
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    Great first trip of the season! It all looks so...well.... canadian.....
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    Nice one Sk8r.

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    that's a pretty perfect start for the season, and for the little dog's canoeing career. well, apart from the bugs, maybe. but hey, look at the bright side: they keep the tourists away

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    Creeping your way over toward God's country, I see.
    Looks like a great trip Sk8r, very jealous...construction industry's crazy busy this spring,
    so no outings for me.
    Didn't some guy have a fatal plummet from Mazinaw last year? Or the year before??

    Hope you can get over to Frontenac this year, BTW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefoot View Post
    Creeping your way over toward God's country, I see.
    Looks like a great trip Sk8r, very jealous...construction industry's crazy busy this spring,
    so no outings for me.
    Didn't some guy have a fatal plummet from Mazinaw last year? Or the year before??

    Hope you can get over to Frontenac this year, BTW...
    You must mean this idiot - last June -

    "Police have recovered the body of Chris Curry, 26, an Ottawa man who jumped off lakeside cliffs and landed on rocks in Bon Echo Provincial Park in eastern Ontario on Saturday afternoon.
    Curry was found by police divers Monday in a section of Upper Mazinaw Lake that is about 90 metres deep, according to an Ontario Provincial Police news release.
    The underwater search and recovery team was assisted by a robot probe.
    Curry had been jumping off rocks into the water with his friends at Upper Mazinaw Lake at Bon Echo, which is about 70 kilometres north of Belleville.
    Police said witnesses reported that late in the afternoon, Curry decided to climb onto a higher cliff before jumping off from a height of about 15 metres — as high as a five-storey building.
    He hit several rocks before landing in the deep water, and his friends were unable to find him."


    God's Country huh?? I never knew the Garden of Eden was actually in Lanark County....

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