Algonquin Park: Camping Trip Logs: 004 - White Partridge Express - Access Point #A29
Trip Log: May 7 - 14, 2010 White Partridge Express.
Today we woke up to a gray, windy and overcast day. It did not look like a day for fishing so we discussed our options. In short order breakfast was done and the decision made to walk the portage to Loonskin Lake. Only Preacher and Julian remained to so some more fishing.
The portage is 4775m in length and winds it's way through some nice forest and beaver meadows. In fact at one point the portage goes across the top of a large earthed beaver dam. There were some blow downs that we were able to clear with a small saw as well as a large area damaged heavily by a wind storm. This area had been cleared by Park staff and/or re-routed around. Again here we saw lots of evidence of wolves using the portage, seeing piles of scat frequently along it's length.
When we returned the rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing around a fire, by me anyway. It tuckered me out walking 10 km's and the cold Wells tasted a lot better than usual after the trek.
After supper the sun was shining and it was a fine evening. Markus, Jeffrey and I jumped back in the canoe and trolled the lake one more time, we would be making the trip out tomorrow. The fish were biting and we enjoyed catching and releasing a few more Brook Trout, getting pictures. I think everyone was out on the lake at one time that night, getting in every minute of enjoyment they could. Once it was too dark for fishing we returned and watched the one channel TV as they say.
We were heading back to White Partridge Lake today and wouldn't you know it. It was a beautiful sunny day in Algonquin Park - typical leaving day. We weren't in a big hurry, we had one more night on White P before leaving on the wagon the next day. Mark, Pete, John and Mike must be more efficient at breaking camp as they were off first. About an hour later the rest of us trickled out one after another.
Retracing our route was easy going, no deadline to get anywhere means you can take it easy and enjoy the travel. Everyone seems to comment on the Pyramid Rock in May Lake, Jeff and I paddled over and gave it the once over. It does seem a little unique, not too many rocks end up that shape I guess.
Today was our last day. Once awake and finished having breakfast the job of packing our gear and loading up the wagon began. It was decided that the canoes and all the gear would go on one wagon and we would all ride on the second. The gear wagon was to be taken out by truck while we would be pulled by the horses.
It was still early morning but we were packed and ready to go. We each found a spot on the wagon, some lucky enough to get a seat on old minivan seats and others just anywhere they could. Didn't matter where your seat was, you still saw the same beautiful scenery of forest, hills and flashes of water from lakes and streams that everyone saw.
Part way out we came upon another wagon load heading in. And what a load it was, besides the group of guys, the bbq and gear I think we saw three boats and motors on that wagon. The poor horses had their work cut out for them. I know our group enjoyed a few beverages on the trip in, but these guys looked like they were well into the supply and it was not even 10 AM yet. But that's part of the adventure, what happens on WPX stays on WPX.
When we were nearly out to the parking area all hell broke loose. One minute I'm talking and enjoying the ride, the next I'm making a split second decision to jump off a racing wagon before it heads over the road embankment and down a good sized hill covered with rocks and trees. Something had scared one of the horses, causing it to bolt and break a piece of the harness. Andrew struggled to try and control the two horses but with the front damaged we started heading into the trees and everyone started falling or jumping of the wagon. I know when I jumped that the wagon was tipped up onto two wheels and bodies where flying every which way.
It was only the middle of the day but we were already wrapping up our trip. I drove the loaded gear wagon to Andrew's farm where we all grabbed our own stuff, loaded it into our cars and began our farewells. We were all heading in different directions to get home.
Trip Log 004
Access Point #A29
White Partridge Lake
North Branch Lake
The infamous WPX 2010 trip! Three inches of snow, bushwhacking here and there and a nice walk on the Loonskin Lake portage. Oh, and lots of delicious Brook Trout!
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