I have been awoken by the beautiful sounds of various birds, frogs and trout feeding on Lost Coin Lake. The rising sun is cresting over the lake, shinning through the front windows of the cabin and lifting my spirit, washing away any worries or concerns in my mind. Its’ warmth and beauty give me a surreal look at how a ranger’s life might have been in this very cabin, many years ago. What a magical moment!
After breakfast, it was now time to clean up the mess in this cabin left behind by the last “visitor”. Spending some of the most precious morning hours, I’ll start by sweeping up all the remaining glass, repairing the torn screen and ridding the surfaces of the mice droppings. After last nights fiasco with a racoon who didn’t want to leave; he was hiding in the rafters and decided to come out around 11PM for his “midnight snack” of the various food items left behind. I was just about to fall asleep when I heard his squawking, only to looked up to see him 6 feet away, looking at me, while sitting on the crossbeam. I quickly rolled out of bed, trying to avoid getting too close. I then was able to get my cross-country poles to help coerce him down from the beam and towards the door. Unfortunately in my sleep I had forgotten that both the screen and inside door were locked shut. With one pole keeping a very angry racoon at bay, I used the other pole to flip both the locks open then quickly ushered him outside. A couple minutes later, he decided that the broken window and screen was a great way to come back into the cabin. I quickly jumped to my feet, gave him a couple light taps with the poles and off he went again, into the darkness. This time I decided that didn’t want to wake up with a racoon sitting on my chest, so I used a couple of the items in the cabin to block the window for the night; two stools and a wash basin. The screen is now fixed. Well if you count using half a roll of duct tape to keep it together fixed. It may be ugly and killing the beautiful view of the lake, but at least I’ll be bug and racoon free tonight! I’m glad that I always pack in a roll of duct tape. You never know when you might need it. Morning chores are done; filled the water bottle and now just about to make lunch before heading out in the canoe. I’m excited to see and hopefully photograph some more wildlife. After all I did drag in 35 pounds worth of camera gear! Depending on what type of portage is involved, I might check out Rockery and Dorami lake.
I had a great paddle around the circumference of Lost Coin Lake and even made it up-stream to Rockery Lake; not overly easy solo, but the higher water helped avoid having to get out of the boat. Unfortunately there wasn’t much in the way of wildlife. I saw lots of evidence of beaver, but not the beaver itself. The rest of my sightings included various common birds and trout yearlings. It was good to see the population of trout is healthy. Wish I could have seen the beaver that has been busy on this lake. Evening chores are done, fired started, now it’s time to relax.
Took the canoe out at dusk in hopes for a moose sighting, but nothing! I’m going to call it an early night, look through some of my images from the trip so far and enjoy the solitude.