Newbies- Moose River North to Moose Lake
Bottle portage was steep up & down. 80 rods but relatively smooth. I turtled on the way up with a really heavy gear pack. My foot slipped off a rock & I made the decision not to try to stop the pack as it started to swing around to keep from twisting my leg. I simply let the pack pull me backward. Fortunately most of the stuff in it was soft. I landed on top of the pack upside down but ok. I had to leave the pack there because I couldn't stand up with it without help. G carried it back even though I told him I could if someone helped me up with it. Lots of mud at exit. Lunch: salami/cheese sandwiches on a rocky point.
Decided to lay over a day on Iron. The boys climbed on the big boulder by the fire grate and played chess & cards. Ben hooked a 2 foot pike from the canoe then handed the pole to G. The fish splashed them with his tail & swam off. Many people claim pike are sentient. We think we know what the fish was saying as he left. This is a great campsite except the latrine is about 200 feet back in the woods, lots of mosquitoes & was almost full. I hope it got a new latrine. It also has a nice large flat rock area close to the water. Lots of rocks & logs to sit on around the fire grate.
Dinner Steaks, garlic mashed potates corn. Yay, lots of weight gone. Ben shows us a sore spot on his foot that looks like he got something in it. Everyone is bushed & we had another round of hang 3-50-60Lb bags in a tree.