The weather around here is a little less predictable than before. Since we’re close to Georgian Bay, the clouds can come out of nowhere and then disappear just as quickly, so we had our eyes on the sky for most of the morning. Fortunately, it didn’t rain too much during the morning and cleared up for the afternoon.
Ever since we got to Owen Sound, we started seeing lots of these deep crevasses on the trail, and I mean LOTS. As in, every couple hundred feet there will be a crack in the trail that you have to jump over carefully, always watching for slippery rocks so you don’t fall the wrong time. The cracks can be anywhere from a few inches to 2 feet wide, and can be really deep too, sometimes over 40 feet. These things would swallow you up if you happened to slip in.
As we passed through Lindenwood forest we came across this huge erratic boulder that was mentioned in the book. I couldn’t resist - I had to be on top of it. It wasn’t too hard to get up to the top even in hiking boots, but I had to be more careful on the way down.
One issue we’ve had on the trail is that our GPS distance doesn’t always line up with the distances on the map. Today was one of the issue days again - we ended up walking 2 km more than we expected. It becomes a psychological challenge, because we only expect to walk so far, and then you find out that you’re actually not at the end, you have 2 of the longest kilometres of the day left to go. Suffice to say, we were very happy to see Trail Angels Nici, Matt and Trigger at the end of the day.
To finish it off our backcountry Master Chef Patti whipped up an awesome dinner at our campsite (an amazing chili skillet with cornbread to top it off).
Saturday Safety - Water Treatment
Whenever you’re in the backcountry, you often don’t have a source of naturally clean water. You also can’t bring in all the water you need, especially if you’re covering long distances. What to do? Treat what you find! There are lots of was of treating water, the simplest being to just boil whatever you find to get rid of any microbes. Many people bring along a charcoal filter, which gets rid of both pathogens and debris so you don’t have to drink anything silty. We use chemical treatment on our water, which has the benefit of being lightweight and gets rid of all the pathogens you don’t want. The water we drink may not look like what comes out of the tap, but you know for sure that it’s safe to drink.