Paddling The Bad River

Last Sunday Phil and I embarked on our longest journey to date, paddling a large portion of the Bad River east of Ashland.  We got an early start, driving over to our friend Steve’s to get a ride to Joe Rose’s Sugar Bush (If you don’t remember, all these things were mentioned in a previous post…).   Our adventure start with a quarter mile portage to get to the river, and then we were all ready to go.

The first 12 miles or so were pretty uneventful.  The weather was clear, the river calm, and the slow current was with us so we made pretty good time.  We took a break for lunch and saw a porcupine, which we promptly decided to make friends with.  The porcupine did not want to be friends, and waddled off rather grumpily.  I also got a chance to try out my new fishing gear.  The fish also did not want to be friends.

As we approached the mouth of the Bad River, we knew things were going to get tougher.  The wind off the lake started to pick up, and our progress slowed dramatically.  We spent the rest of the afternoon battling 3-4 foot waves and trying to maintain what little sanity we had to begin with while paddling the 3 miles along the shore of Lake Superior to get back to Joe’s place.  The miles where not only physically strenuous, as the waves smashing into our hull effectively stopped the canoe dead in its tracks anytime we started to get any momentum, but mentally stressful as well.  Being several hundred yards away from shore, it was very difficult to see if we were making any progress, and it seemed like we paddled for hours without getting anywhere.

We finally made it back to Joe’s place around 4:00 in the afternoon.  We had started paddling at 9:00 that morning, and we were pretty worn out, so we tried to make friends with a chicken.  The chicken didn’t want to be friends, but it was more than happy to guard the car for us while we went to talk to Joe. 

All in all, a day well spent.  Check out the pictures here…

http://s588.photobucket.com/albums/ss326/huckleberryfinn09/

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One Response to “Paddling The Bad River”

  1. A loon, a magpie – and a chicken?…..might as well throw a sheep in there too. How are the paddles holding up?

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