Day 220: Paddling and Portaging with Tank.

We spent two days visiting with friends and gorging on fresh fruits and veggies, sweets, and even whole roast chicken with all the trimmings. Our visitors brought in several weeks of much-needed food along with good conversation and treats. We sent out close to 100 pounds of skis, ski boots, an eleven foot Black River Sled toboggan, and a pile of winter gear.

With all that gear our 19 foot Wenonah Itasca was packed to the gills. The only spot left for Tank was wedged in the bow, right in front of Amy. Now we have trimmed down to three large packs and can easily double portage. Tank has ample room in the center compartment and he has his very own dog packs so he can portage his own food.

We have been poking about in our canoe for over a week, but today we paddled and portaged with relative ease, unencumbered by our winter gear. We are tired after traveling all day, but the relatively warm, sunny weather makes traveling so much easier.

Daily Data

Days spent in the Wilderness: 220
High Temperature: 57 F
Low Temperature: 29 F
Miles Traveled: 10
Number of Portages: 5
Number of Lakes visited: 5

Animals Encountered:
Mallard Ducks 2
Raven 5
Common Loon 6
Bald Eagle 4
Red Squirrel 5
Red-Breasted Nuthatch 7
Black-Capped Chickadee 5
Common Merganser 8
Bufflehead 8

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