canoeing (Massasuaga) 40:00  20.0 km (2:00 / km)
The wind swung around so it was more east/northeasterly this morning - which was great because our destination was southwest. It was a partly overcast grey sky but that meant we weren't getting scorched. It was such an easy pleasant morning. Up early, quick breakfast and on the water for an hour, then a nice stop on a point for a coffee. We paddled the longest route possible to our destination, weaving through the islands and stopping for lunch on one and then a swim at another. We were at our site by 2:00 by which time the clouds had broken up and it was sunny and hot - perfect for another swim:)
The clouds didn't disappear though and it was a very interesting sky - lots of purply greys and off in the distance we could see a big curtain of rain but we had only a few drops then it cleared completely. Beautiful evening. We paddled out to try to get photos and an audio recording of loons for Leanimal to take back to friends in France. The loons performed on cue, at sundown, and it was magical! A group of 5 did some sort of ritual dance, like they were synchronized swimmers then went "crazy as loons", flapping their wings, "standing" with chests puffed, beating the water, skipping on the surface and making a lot of noise. So cool. And the sunset behind a little island was just the icing on the cake. Or so we thought until we got up at midnight to pee and saw the most beautiful blood-orange 1/2 moon sitting just above the trees and shining on a glassy black lake in a clear sky with twinkly stars- we could even see the Milky Way. What a day!