Day 3 of our North East Ontario Adventure started off a little later than others. We weren’t in any spectacular hurry since we knew the hike out was not going to take nearly as long as suggested.
Took some more photos around camp, because I didn’t already have enough.
Didn’t even realize this guy was strung up on the tree over the fire last night. Great work. I hope it stays there for a while to come.
The tips of the trees set ablaze by the setting sun. Yes, setting. This one was actually taken last night.
And with that, we packed up and were on our way. Back across the bridge and through the flat, forested area.
The trail was drier this morning than it had been the day before.
And the sun was out, not hidden behind the overcast skies, which made for some striking greens along the way. Unlike yesterday’s very dull palette.
We saw a couple more friends along the trail. This guy was a little camera shy.
And this guy hopped around a bit, seemingly not able to decide which side was his better side.
I didn’t bother to track our hike out, since we were coming back along the same trail as we came in. Took just a little over 3 hours, as we didn’t have to push ourselves, fighting against an unknown destination.
And then we were back in the car and heading down the TransCanada towards the next stop in our adventure: Pancake Bay Provincial Park!
Pancake Bay has more than 3km of sandy beaches. It had cooled off significantly today or a swim would have been a serious consideration.
We took the short drive up the highway to the access point to the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout trail, as it came highly recommended.
It started off on a wood chip trail, wide enough for two to walk side by side.
As it headed up, the trail was more single width than not. But once we got to the top and joined up with the loop, the trail was plenty wide.
We took to the east and headed toward Pancake River and Pancake Falls.
It was gorgeous but little did we know, we had descended in to a mosquito cesspit. Still I had to stop and grab a photo of the falls.
We ended up calling our adventure off at the northeast corner after climbing out of the river valley.
It did no good however. We had awoken the beasts, and they were determined to feast on us. My partner says there was no less than 20 skeeters on the backs of my arms alone.
200m elevation gain
Can’t say we didn’t try!
Have you ever been driven off a trail because of bugs?