- that the kids might not keep up with the paddling
- the mosquitoes would drive us crazy
|cinnamon rolls on a stick|
rigorousness of the portages can be summed up by a phrase; "We packed as if we were car camping, and then proceded to carry the car fully loaded." At the end there were 13 lakes/13 portages. We all including the kids had to reach down to the bottom of our soles to find the strength and endurance to lift and hike. We had a portage device that we finally learned how to best use it on the rough and ragged terrain after ten portages. James carried on his shoulders two of the lighter canoes. However, the heavy one was often carried by Christina and I. The kayak was extremely heavy and often only the men could move it. The meat cooler was almost 90 lb and was a beast to move. Even the older girls conquered it a few times.
Along the journey, we had many opportunities to praise God. We saw beaver, swan, loons, ducks, and fish. Our heavenly Father gave us strength that could only come from him.
We were paddling after the 5th portage, one of the girls (Hannah or Olivia) spotted black bear at the next portage! I looked and sure enough there were a momma and two cubs. I took out my weapon (Air Horn) and quickly sounded the alarm with short burst of energy. In my mind I knew that is where our canoe was headed and I wanted them far gone by the time I got there. However, to my dismay, the other canoes and kayak didn't get to see the furry black dots as I scared them away. They were disappointed, but we weren't mauled by a momma bear either. Give me a horn, and I will use it.
The cabin was perfect. Eureka!
- not buggy at all during the day (thanks for praying Ruth)
- amazing steaks to sing about
- great company
- joy of seeing the teenagers set a good example of hard work
- endurance of the journey
- perseverance and strength of James (he has the bruises to prove it)
- stepping out of Steve's comfort zone
- listening to James read to the kids
- good attitudes of the children even when it was hard
- relaxing paddle (can't wait to do it again)
- getting to spend some quiet time worshipping my King in His breathtaking world
The one thing that gets to me every time I experience God or his wilderness, or a world-wide adventure, is that we step right back into the world. And no one knows what just happened. It is like your entire body wants everyone to hear and relive it, but it is almost unexplainable. But here is the video