Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

25th Annual Trip
by Lightfoot

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/17/2011
Entry & Exit Point: Clearwater Lake (EP 62)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 4
Day 2 of 8
Sunday, September 18, 2011 Lay-over day on Pine Lake (low=54 high=58)

I was up once during the night at about 3:00. The sky was completely overcast but it was still quite warm. Expecting nothing but an overcast sky in the morning I was in no hurry to get up and slept in until about 6:45. When I crawled out of the tent I saw partly cloudy sky so I headed down to the lake to check it out. I was surprised to see a very nice sunrise. I grabbed my camera and started shooting just as the sun was about to peek over the cloud deck along the horizon.

It started out with a yellow horizon with a turquoise colored sky. As the thick cloud deck overhead continued to move east the sky changed to more of a purple tint.

Looking to the west also provided a nice view, with the trees lit-up by the low morning sun and the reflection in the lake.

Finally, just before the clouds blocked out the sun we were treated to a deep orange sky between the cloud decks. Not a bad start to the day but we knew things would change.

The clouds continued to move in during our breakfast of omelets in a bag. We felt a few drops as we cleaned up and prepared for a rainy day. The wind became very gusty and a mix of mist/drizzle/light rain began and continued the rest of the day. About 4:00 the real rain began. It would rain for about 30 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. We spent most of the day under the tarp reading and would get up to stretch whenever there was a break in the rain. This pattern continued the rest of the day and into the night. When went in to the tents by about 8:00 and read for about another hour. By about 11:00 the rain ended and the sky cleared out during the rest of the night.