Those Dam Engineers
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Those Dam Engineers

Those Dam Engineers

 
July 25, 2022
 
This is the view from the takeout below Sturgeon Falls and the Calm Lake Generating Station. This is the beginning of the portage. Sadly for those unfortunate enough not to have a quad in the canoe, it is much steeper beyond the curve you see in the distance.


I knew it would be impossible to pull the completely loaded canoe up this particular goat trail. I did the portage carrying my heaviest pack, the two paddles, and as much gear as I dare put into the shopping  bag that holds lunch. It was a 25 minute sweat-soaked hump that put me over the dam and into Calm Lake. The trip pulling Karta was 30 minutes of swearing, swatting, and sweating.

From Mica, to Big Horn, to Francois-Finlay and now Calm Lake, the story endlessly repeats. Every dam engineer should be made to get over their constructions using something other than an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. Preferably pulling all their worldly belongings.