We awoke to another beautiful day in Frontenac Provincial Park. Lots of sunshine to lead us in to day two.
Our tents lasted the night, despite some stampeding rodents. We decided they were beavers, based on the woody munching we heard.
Breakfast and coffee, lakeside, is always a good start to the morning.
And then we were off on day two’s trip. Much shorter distance than day one – much, much shorter. And less of a chance to mess up. Partly because it’s practically one trail, and partly because we were all very keen NOT to.
We took our time again, still dealing with the ankle injury. And a broken bag. So it didn’t help that everything went up.
Obviously, everything didn’t go up.. but it always feels like that when you’re there.
Over the rocks where we stopped yesterday for an evening snack.
And across another body of water. Very pretty, on Little Slide Lake Loop, however it’s actually Slide Lake, proper.
More up. Always up. I did a lot of shooting from the hip today, far too lazy to lift the camera to my face.
Our first test – and an easy one since we headed back in the direction we came last night. To the north! Or, you know, campsite 4 and 5.
Although we hiked here yesterday, there were things we hadn’t noticed. Like this beaver dam. I’m going to claim it’s because we were facing the other way. Not because we were zombies at this point.
I think I made this teetering trek better half asleep. I definitely nearly lost my balance on the way out.
Another beautiful view of yet another unnamed lake in Frontenac.
Descending in to valleys does make for some pretty pictures. Climbing out of them is usually not very fun.
Back on Big Salmon Lake loop – and heading in the correct northerly direction – it starts to flatten out a little. Just a little though.
More spectacular views of Frontenac from up high.
And a lot of small shrubbery for a distance. It’s sharp too. Avoid it if your legs aren’t covered.
I would say this stretch was our fastest for day two. I can neither confirm nor deny though since my battery pack didn’t hold a charge overnight, which meant my phone was not charged enough to run both a map and tracking. Boo.
We took a short break at campsite 5. I nearly booked this campsite, but I read that it was a windy site so I decided against it. I’m very lazy with my quick pitch tent (and I’m not entirely sure where my stakes are). But damn, is it ever windy!! Do NOT book campsite 5 unless you plan on doing a photo shoot and need wind machines constantly running.
This is me, hiding from the wind.
Campsite 5 was down low with steep banks on either side. After climbing back up, the ground leveled out well enough again. And another challenge sign!
Frontenac has no shortage of unnamed lakes, as we make our slow way towards a thankfully short day.
This was a much welcomed sight – the turn for our campsite! Of course, campsite 13 is about 1.5km off the main trail.
It does give some decent views of Big Clear Lake.
The view from our campsite is pretty amazing, too! And a nice rock, baking in the sun, to sit by the water and stick our tired feet in. Divine!
We arrived with more than enough time to set up camp (and make a big mess). A much deserved relaxing evening by the fire.
Frontenac Provincial Park: Day 3
It started to rain around 3am. We knew the rain was coming but that didn’t make it any better. It rained steadily until 5am when we decided to pack up, since it wasn’t letting up any time soon. Plus, my friends’ tent was letting in water, so they were wet either way.
It was dark. It was wet. It was cold. Hiking out flat out sucked for this trip. But whatever! I’d do it all over again – though not sure my friends would!
I’ll leave you with Frontenac Visitor’s Creed, found in any of the latrines in any of the campsites.