|From the Coast Guard - in case they found our boat with no one in it.|
|Cooking on the dock to avoid bugs!|
|A gorgeous morning on Lake Superior|
I should explain why Lake Superior demands this respect. It's cold. Really cold. In the summer, it might get up to 45°F in the summer in shallow water, closer to 40°F in the rest of the lake. And that means hypothermia can set on quickly. This is why it can be so dangerous. If a kayaked cannot get back into his/her boat and is not very near shore, s/he will most likely die of hypothermia in less than 20 minutes. That's why were were wearing wetsuits, lifejackets, and spray skirts. And we had all the equipment we needed to get our boats back up in the case that we fell out. People are known to die on the lake on beautiful, warm, sunny days - even calm days - simply because they could not get back in their boat.
It rained most of the afternoon, and I spend that time curled up in the tent reading a book while Ian, the real ourdoorsman that he is, stayed outside and paddled around. With the exception of that one bit of rain, we had great weather and it was a beautiful, serene place to be. I was happy to go with someone who knew what he was doing, otherwise I probably would have spent the whole trip worrying about flipping the canoe.
Once we were back on the mainland and had the kayaks strapped back onto the car, Ian and I both ran and jumped into the lake, and let me tell you it HURT. I wasn't in for 20 seconds. Respect.