Canadian Odyssey – Part Seven

I just wanted to roll on the ground and laugh like a man possessed. And I would have, if it hadn’t been for all the sharp rocks, tree trunks and Steve and Ken watching me. After two days of grueling portages in 200% humidity, we arrived at our island campsite on Kirkwood Lake.

Somehow it all seemed worth it. I’ve never seen a more beautiful campsite, even though you couldn’t find two square yards of level ground to pitch a tent. Not that it mattered. After what it took to get there, you could could get a good night’s sleep standing up. Which we did.

Kirkwood Lake is small, but quite scenic and isolated. In reality, there is one campsite, which is on an island rising out of the middle of the lake. There is a second campsite where you first enter the lake from the Pardee Lake portage, but it didn’t appear to have been used much.

For two nights, we had the lake to ourselves. Except for a few people who paddled through between Pardee and Phipps lakes.

I’ll just shut up — for the most part — and let the pictures do the talking.

Our Kirkwood Lake campsite was atop this island rising out of the waters.

Our Kirkwood Lake campsite was atop this island rising out of the water.

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Our campsite afforded a great view of the sunrise. Too bad Steve and Ken slept in and never got a chance to see it.

Our campsite afforded a great view of the sunrise. Too bad Steve and Ken slept in and didn’t get a chance to see it.

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Ken does a little bird-watching from our campsite as I do a little Ken-watching from the lake.

Ken does a little bird-watching from our campsite as I do a little Ken-watching from the lake.

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Who needs a camp stove? Ken demonstrates his technique for boiling water using only body heat.

Simultaneous Convection — Ken demonstrates his technique for boiling water using only body heat. Let us know when it’s done, Ken.

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I thought this curved boulder across the lake from our campsite was really cool. But then, I am easily amused.

I thought this curved boulder across the lake from our campsite was really cool. But then, I am easily amused.

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We didn’t exactly have the lake to ourselves. Naturally, there were a few loons around. They probably said the same thing about us.

We didn’t exactly have the lake to ourselves. Naturally, there were a few loons around. They probably said the same thing about us.

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There were plenty of beaver around, including this one. It kept me distracted early one morning while the mosquitoes ate me for breakfast.

There were plenty of beavers around, including this one. It kept me distracted early one morning while the mosquitoes ate me for breakfast.

Next: Exploring other lakes

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