I was up at 6 and on the verge of leg cramps. Could have sworn that I’d hydrated well yesterday, but my legs were telling me otherwise. I downed some water, washed up and walked over to Foodland to pick up a few things for my trip. Grabbed a coffee from McD’s on my way back and sat by the water to enjoy it. It was nearly 7am.
I had a washroom key to return but the lock operators wouldn’t arrive until 9 so there was no hurry. I packed up slowly and finally handed in my key around 915 before setting off.
As you put Lakefield behind you, the Otonabee River opens up into Lake Katchewanooka.
Only an hour in and I was ready for a break in the shade. I stopped in this exact spot last year…. I downed a full litre of water before I was on my way again, through this weedy section, and back over to the main channel.
I arrived in Youngs Point, it was just 1130.
I brought my gear ashore and began the short walk over the foot bridge to Granny’s Restaurant for breakfast. The place was packed, but I was seated quickly and a hot cup of coffee arrived soon thereafter.
It was nearing noon of the 2nd day of my camping trip and I hadn’t even struck a match yet, this was feeling a little strange… Grandpa’s #2 (uh, that doesn’t sound quite right) breakfast special filled me right up; 3 eggs, 3 sausage, 3 bacon, some home fries and 2pc of gluten-free toast!
If you’re not in a huge hurry, and up for the scenic route back, hang a right as you come out of the restaurant, walk 100m, and enter the trail on the left hand side of the road. This will take you to the dam. Cross the dam and you’re back at the lock. While you’re there you might as well take a stroll through Lockside Trading – no visit to Young’s Point is complete without it.
It was 1pm before I set off from Young’s Point and headed into Clear Lake. There is a continuous flow of high-speed boat traffic on Clear Lake on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. I look up to see 4 boats abreast coming straight towards me and decide it’s time to cross to the east side of the lake in search of calmer waters.
By 2pm I’m at the north-east end of the lake and passing amongst the many islands. I tour the area briefly and arrive at my island camp site by 330. The garbage in the fire pit is still warm. I spend the next 20min clearing the site of broken glass and garbage 😦 The next thing I do is tend to the fire pit. Most fire pits are around 3″ deep and 4 feet across. Not much good for anything but wasting firewood. I cut the firepit into a 1/4 of its original size and build up the sides. This will protect the fire from the wind and reflect the heat where you want it.
…and here’s today’s route if you want to check it out, just click to enlarge:
530 and my hammock is up and enough firewood gathered to get me by. Not much left to do now and lots of time to do it. I enjoy my dinner, clean up and take a sunset tour on my SUP before settling in by the fire to reflect on a wonderful day. The full moon shines upon me and it’s time for bed, uh, time for hammock?