Friday, May 18th
After the night of the Go Girl episode, we settled into our new habitat.
Ahjumawi is a beautiful spot. The lakes are frequented with fishermen. Few people camp. While we were there, we only met one: Jerry from Arcata. Seems like there is more than one Northern Humboltean out in search of the sun. It is nice to dry out once in a while. Get the moss off from your north side, so to speak.
On Thursday, when we left to paddle to our spot, we ran into a bit of rain. All our things were covered in plastic and held down with bungie cord, so it was nice and dry. And we had rain gear, so it wasn’t a big deal.
Maps. They make things look so easy. The lakes looked so easy to interpret. None of those little bays and inlets to mess up the nice lines on the maps. Fortunately, we met a couple of groups of fishermen coming in as we were setting out and we talked about the landmarks we will want to be aware of. Good thing, too. It took longer to paddle across and we had had a late start.
We only had one incident and that was how to get me out of the canoe without getting my feet wet. Al had these amazing portage boots. I had basic hiking shoes. I will most likely invest in some portage boots. It would make getting in and out of the canoe much easier. But I digress….this was when we met Jerry. He came over to see if he could help us. Nice man. Of course he couldn’t. How we solved the problem was for me to switch into my sandals and I just hopped out into the freezing spring-fed water which, after the initial shock, was extremely pleasant.
In the twilight, we set up our tent and made sure our canoe was safe on shore, had dinner and went to bed as the temperature began to drop.
We didn’t meet the mosquitoes until Friday. Wow. Relentless and lots of ‘em. That little orange bottle of Ben’s Deet is my new best friend.