Waiting for the Sun (King)

2013 Algonquin Canoe Trip, Part 2 — Rain

The rain continued into the third day of our trip, but we didn’t mind. It was business as usual at our Big Porcupine Lake campsite. During afternoon rains, Steve and I slipped into our respective tents for deep meditation while Ken continued to make things out of found objects.

Ken’s project for the day was a bench. Earlier in the afternoon, I helped him find the right piece of wood. I paddled along the shoreline while he looked for downed pine tree with just the right branch configuration.

For those familiar with the Red Green Show, think “Adventures with Bill.”

Ken finds the right tree for his project

Ken finds the right tree for his project

While I steadied the canoe and rifled through the first aid kit to find bandages, Ken worked feverishly, cutting away limbs and painstakingly cutting through the thick trunk.

Ken makes short work of Steve’s saw.

Ken makes short work of Steve’s saw.

Well, Ken, what are we going to do now?

No, Ken, I don’t think you’ll be able to put that back together – not even with duct tape.

No, Ken, I don’t think you’ll be able to put that back together – not even with duct tape.

Looks like we’ll have to go back to camp.

That’s OK, Ken brought my saw just in case.

That’s OK, Ken brought my saw just in case.

Victory!

Ken emerges victorious.

Ken emerges victorious.

Ready for Ken’s handiwork —

Think I’ll nap while he works on it.

Think I’ll nap while he works on it.

Ken enjoys the fruits of his labors — with all his fingers intact.

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Speaking of keeping all your fingers intact, stay tuned for the next installment in which Steve has a close encounter with a snapping turtle.

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