At the far end of Little Magaguadavic Lake, we came upon one of its main infeeds - Stoney Brook. As the name implies, the granite boulders are getting more numerous by the minute as you pass from the lake into the mouth of the brook. Because these obstructions are covered in a black film of algae, and my canoe is made of traditional wood/canvas...more
Gut-A-Moose Lodge is an old establishment on the shores of Little Magaguadavic Lake. It was originally built for hunting and fishing excursions, but, at the time that we were there it was owned by a consortium of school teachers. Since they get two months off every summer, it makes great sense to pool resources and share a place like this. The...more
One thing about walking around in the forests of New Brunswick is that you will often come across many different types of wild flowers. They quite often are not easy to see but are well worth the difference when you do see them! In this case, we stumbled upon a bunch of Devil's Paint Brush, a rather common wild flower in NB. However, it has a...more
There is nothing quite like being on an small island all by yourself! No sounds of human intrusions, just the wind in the pine trees, the waves lapping on the beach and the eerie call of the Common Loons! On a beautiful summer evening, it could not have been better!
Favorite Dish: I always found that even simple food seemed to taste better when it was prepared at a campsite! The green Coleman naptha stove in the photo has provided me with many memorable meals! In this case, after a day of paddling, Len checks things out as we settled for boiled potatoes and peas with fried onions and pork chops, washed down with some cold Moosehead beer!
We really did have great luck with the weather that weekend - sunny and mid-20s C! It was great not having any particular itinerary - we just paddled or coasted along depending on the wind and enjoyed the scenery as it passed! One of the duties of the bow-man is to keep his eyes peeled for hidden granite boulders when in shallow waters. This is a...more
I personally enjoy canoeing above all other forms of water transport. My canoe is so light that a single person can easily handle it and it only takes a few inches of water for it to make its way through swamps, reeds and various other impediments! It is also quite amazing how much freight one of these things will carry! Here we have our tent,...more
As I drove on, I left the Saint John River and headed overland along one of its tributaries called Washadamoek Lake (into which the Canaan River flows), not far from the small village of Codys. I get great enjoyment out of seeing some of the older farmsteads with their very 'lived-in' appearance. This one had a great location beside the water of...more
New Brunswick has an abundance of wildlife. One of the advantages of a canoe is that you can paddle quietly along and, very often, surprise wildlife that would otherwise hear you coming for miles if you were crashing through the underbrush! In this case, we came across a White-tailed Deer feeding at the edge of the water. This is no great discovery...more
Although Common Loons are a fixture on the lakes of New Brunswick, it is much more difficult to see a Red-Necked Grebe. These birds (18 inches long) are about half the size of a loon and they are usually found in lakes and ponds searching for small fish, crustaceans, tadpoles and insects. They spend their winters in the southern USA. We saw this...more