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Day 8: Above Buttes des Morts to Menasha
Posted by candice on May 20th, 2014
It has been quite a day! I have included a couple of
sunset photos from last evening. It was spectacular.
We are up at 0430 and on the water by 0510. We are
trying to get ahead of a building southern blow.
We get about halfway down Buttes des Morts when
we have some serious paddling to do in building
waves. We stop at Rainbow Park for breakfast and
coffee, then press on, hoping that a southerly blow
on Lake Winnebago will be paddle-able. We work
our way closer to the lake and the breezes seem to
strengthen. Shouted instructions are ripped away
before straining ears could discern a message. Three
wildly bobbing boats and their solo paddlers were
left alone with their thoughts and the swirling gusts.
A good effort was given before returning to shore
and putting in a call to Dave Peck’s Canoe Rescue
Service. 3 cheers for Candice and Dave for helping
us to get back on the Fox River in Menasha. Just as
we unloaded in Jefferson Park it began to rain. It is
still raining but we are nestled in for the night, again
thanks to terrific networking by Candice. One
highlight for us all was locking through in our canoes.
The poor lock tender answered an unceasing
list of questions. We got to help operate the winch
and just generally enjoyed this new experience.
Despite the rain we were giddy with excitement.
Tons of machinery and a long proven technology to
move three light weight canoes. One shouldn’t
take anything for granted. It is truly as Sigurd Olson
said.”When you have the power of wonder, you are
forever young-the whole world is pristine and new.
And that is the secret.” And now I have to go to bed-
thanks everyone who helped us out today.
Hip hip huzzah! X3 as the voyageurs would say.