Last night’s storm was brutal! I hang my gear to dry, including my dripping wet sleeping bag and wait until nearly 1pm to get going, with everything still quite wet. Leaving Wolf Island Provincial Park behind, my plan was to return to my island site on Stoney Lake from Day 2 of my trip. Actually my original plan was to paddle further west, towards Buckhorn, perhaps exploring the lower end of the Mississagua River, but the ‘Severe Thunderstorm Warnings’ thwarted those ambitions and I chose an easier route, 1 that brought me closer to home.
I arrive at Lock 28 at 130pm and the 1st round of boats were just going through. The storm caused an interruption to the 3-phase power supply, so the lock had not been working until around the time I arrived. This was not one of the old-fashioned manually operated locks so the boaters had to wait…
Once the opportunity presented itself I sought refuge from the 30km/h headwind by getting out of the main channel and made my way through the Lost Lagoon. I had passed through this way last year and it seemed to take forever. This year it seemed much shorter and more familiar. I paddle right by the hidden logbook of the lost lagoon, since I had signed it a few days ago and had taken the time to enjoy some of the entries left by other paddlers.
Back to the island site by 430pm. It’s now beginning to feel like a home away from home and I immediately hang my gear to finish drying in the strong wind, as dark clouds pass quickly overhead, threatening rain once again.
Fearing a windy repeat of the night before I pack up yet again and paddle to another, more sheltered site, on the other side of the island, just as the sun is setting. Another 20mm of rain arrives in the night, but I sleep high and dry in my mosquito hammock 🙂
…onto Day 5.