Shooting the shit and other fun stuff

A day hike to Turret Rock — 2016 Algonquin Canoe Trip, Part 5

We hiked four miles, uphill both ways, through boulders and fallen pine trees — to see a fucking boulder. On the map, it was identified as Turret Rock. Probably a misprint; it’s more like Turd Rock.

But we had fun exploring and the scenery did not disappoint.

The route to the Turret from the Barron River Canyon takes you through a chute of what, in times of normal rainfall, would be a cascading stream. Still, it was one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever been.

On the other side of the chute is something identified on our map as The Wall. We were worn out from our 300-foot vertical climb to the Turret and in need of medical attention from tripping and falling on boulders and pointy pine tree carcasses, so we opted not to hike there.

To be continued …


Pitcher plant flowers growing in the chute.



Shooting the shit. Steve photographs what we suspected was wolf scat.


Ken and Steve check out glacial grooves along the chute.


Ken waves to his newfound friend.


Stuck! Ken is grabbed by his own reflection.


Interesting stuff we found in the water en route to our hike. It appears to be some sort of algae with tentacles.


This is IT? This is IT? You’ve got to be kidding. Turd — I mean Turret — Rock.



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