Shirley Lake Canoe Trip - Algonquin Provincial Park - Loon Island Outdoors

Shirley Lake Canoe Trip

Algonquin Provincial Park

July 1 - 4, 2011

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Day 4 - Crotch Lake to Home

Hordes of mosquitoes waiting outside the tentWell, we all woke up before 7:00 AM and made the shortest trips possible out of the tent.  It is a beautiful day out give or take the millions of mosquitoes waiting for us.  We thought about really getting up around 8:00 AM but we don't have very far to go todayPacked up and ready to leave our campsite on Crotch Lake and the mosquitoes is really look nasty.  It's just after 9:00 AM now and it's time to finally get up.

We made blueberry dumpling for breakfast and took our time packing up.  The bugs weren't too bad out in the sun even though they're still pretty thick around Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) the tent.  We tried a little fishing from shore but didn't catch anything.  We did see a garter snake and got some pictures of it.

We were finally on the water just before noon and took our time paddling up to the takeout.  We fished along the west shore of Common Loon (Gavia immer)Crotch Lake and came across a beaver even though it was the middle of the day.  He was up on shore browsing.  When he saw us he jumped back into the water, slapped his tail at us and dove under water.  When he came up again, we could see that he was heading in the same direction that we were so we followed him back to his lodge.

Beaver (Castor canadensis) - Crotch Lake, Algonquin Provincial ParkFrom the beaver lodge it was maybe five more minutes paddling up under the bridge and into the beach.  We had managed to make the paddle back last almost anPurple Irises on Crotch Lake hour but it could easily have been 20 minutes if we had wanted to hurry. 

We got the truck loaded up and headed off to the Mad Musher Peter's creative camera workfor some lunch. Peter was in charge of the camera for the remainder of the trip and got pretty creative on the drive home. We also made our traditional stop at Algonquin Outfitters for new T-shirts. Even with a lazy start to the day and a few stops along the way, we were still back home by 7:30 PM.




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