For starters, this week was MUCH less buggy; they were still certainly annoying, but at least much more bearable. Thank goodness.
On Monday, we packed up, headed out from base camp, and canoed just a bit on the Swan Lake system to the site where we camped the first night. I ate a disgusting amount of corn dogs, and we had fun playing hacky-sack and electricity with the campers.
Tuesday, we canoed a bit further to a spot on Swan Lake, where we stayed Tuesday night, all of Wednesday, and Wednesday night. An event (at least somewhat) worth noting is that I almost lost the U-Dig-It. I had taken it to the woods to use it for its nominal purpose (digging a hole), decided it was buggy enough that I wanted my mosquito net, which was back at my tent, so like the genius I am, I left the U-Dig-It and attending accessories in the woods, went back for my net, returned to the woods, and promptly commenced a frantic search for the ziplock bag and contents I had left in there…somewhere. About 15 minutes later I finally stumbled upon it; good thing too-I was almost convinced I was going to have to buy the Wilderness Program a new one.
Between swimming, games of Mafia and Resistance, campfires, eating, and a lot of quality hanging out, the Swan Lake stay was quite enjoyable.
Thursday we canoed to the portage to the Moose River, portaged to the Moose, and then canoed quite a ways down the river. After camping on the river Thursday night, we canoed the rest of the way to the take-out yesterday, and then enjoyed a packed-full evening back at base camp, including lots of food and time in the hot tub.
Next up: TWO-week canoe…oh boy!