Overcast - but at least its not raining

An unexpected Disney cameo - Otters meet, hug, and swim off together. (High Volume ​needed for the squeaks & grunts)

Looks like it's going to be another crappy day for weather - but at least I'm in Algonquin

The rest of my day consisted of random walks around my campsite, with some whiskey in between. I collected and processed a bit more firewood and before I knew it, night was here. Tonight’s dinner was about as easy as it gets – penne with roasted red pepper sauce. I ended up with too much pasta (as usual) but it really hit the spot. Warm and full, I spent the rest of the night next to the fire sipping on whiskey before headed to bed. I wanted to get a good sleep because I was in for an unknown adventure tomorrow.


Felt good to stand in the cold water - but one step to the right and it might not feel so good anymore

Backcountry BLT's: Step 1: Toast on a Y-stick

Route Plan: Paddle the Tim River to Shippagew Lake, then Backtrack through Devine and Rosebary Lakes.

Looking north toward P1465

Backcountry BLT's: Step 2: Add mayo & melt cheese

Campsite as seen from the shore

​​​​Day 4: Relaxing day at Shippagew Lake

If I can be completely honest – not a lot happened today and that was exactly my plan. I slept in till almost 10am with zero regrets. I had nowhere to go and nowhere to be, except right here. With a coffee in hand, I walked down to the rocks at the shoreline, took my shoes off and stood in the water for a few minutes while drinking my coffee. The water was pretty damn cold, but what can you expect for October 2nd?​

Step 3: Assemble the rest and enjoy your creation!

I walked over to the other side of the peninsula and saw perhaps the cutest thing I’ve seen in Algonquin to date. From the right, I could see an otter coming my way – and quickly. I wondered where he was going. Then I looked to my left and saw two more otters swimming towards the first guy. Neat! When they met, I swear they hugged then swam off together – don’t believe me? Don’t worry, you don’t have to – see for yourself:

Mind-blown by what I just witnessed, I walked back to the firepit and made a second cup of coffee. I also decided it was time for those BLT’s that I kept delaying. With no grill, I found a Y stick and used it to toast my bagel. Improvise, adapt, overcome, right?

End of Day 4 - Go To Day 5

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