Paddling 6:00:00  35.0 km (10:17 / km)
The start of our Bowron Lakes canoe trip with Tom, Heather, Dave and Suzanne. It starts with a 2.5 km portage (using portage wheels) on trails that are rocky and rooty in spots. You are allowed to have up to 60 lbs of gear in the boat while portaging. Meanwhile we each had a decent-sized portage pack on our backs. A total of three portages today; the third one was especially tough with mud bogs that were knee deep and boardwalks that were easy to tip the canoe off the side of. To make it all worse, we were given a brand new canoe and asked to not scratch it up.
Carbon and I went AR style, using kayak paddles (SRS Shark) in a canoe. It felt good to be paddling again.
The day became extra long because we needed to find a site with three open tent pads. The ones we had our sights set on didn’t have enough space so we paddled until 8:40 pm and were getting concerned about daylight. Paddled all the way to site 21a on day 1 (about 2 days worth of paddling).
Amazing calm water with great reflections and clear views to the bottom. Loved it. The long epic day was fun, minus the stress of not knowing if we might not have anywhere to camp.