Boundary Rock Expedition – Day 1

May 7, 2009

Boundary Rock Expedition 2009

April 11 – 15, 2009

Paul “Tetris” Maybee

Cody “Eddie” Whynot

Rob “Scout” Whynot

Ryan “Rhynot” Whynot

The now five-day trip in search of Boundary Rock starts in Liverpool at the Whynots’ residence -well… on the way to Liverpool that is.  We drove from Halifax to Liverpool in the afternoon of Friday, April 10th – Good Friday.  We got as far as Blockhouse when I realized that I had forgotten the dehydrated broth to my chicken stew.  This may seem like a small setback, but I had spent days on my broth, and it was pretty important for me to get it back.  One solution would have been stopping somewhere and picking up some chicken bouillon, except that it was Good Friday and everything was closed, not to mention it wouldn’t have tasted anything like the broth I had worked so hard on.

Packing

Packing

So I called my wife Mikey to see if she could get the broth to a bus station.  The website was useless and the office was closed, but still she managed to find a bus heading down and got the broth on board.  My hero!  The bus came in just after 8 and once again, all seemed to be going according to plan…

Parcel for me!

Parcel for me!

Broth

Broth

We finished up packing and played a few rounds of pool and went to bed.

Pool game

Pool game

Bed

Bed

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

An excerpt from my journal, April 10th, 2009

“The 8 day trip is now 5 days and goes down the Roseway instead of back up to Keji, but I’m feeling prepared and I think it should be a beautiful trip.  There will be some wild water, but we’re not taking any chances.  Here’s to Finding (or at least searching for) Boundary Rock”.

Day 1

Saturday, April 11th, 2009:  Liverpool, NS

Load up in the rain

Load up in the rain

We start day 1 in Liverpool, and in true Nova Scotia fashion, it is raining.  So we gear up and pack the truck.  The next thing we realize is that we’re short on paddles.  It seems at this point that we’ll never be on the water.  We go to every hardware store around looking for paddles and eventually find enough to head out.  We load up and hit the road.  FINALLY!  But we’re only 45 minutes behind schedule, which isn’t too bad, I guess.

The Intrepid Explorers

The Intrepid Explorers

We couldn’t get to George’s Lake because of a gate, so we set out from Merrymekedge Beach.  Here’s the last photo of us before we set out across Keji Lake.

Rain on Kejimkujik Lake

Rain on Kejimkujik Lake

Keji Lake

Keji Lake

Cody on Keji Lake

Cody on Keji Lake

Despite the bad weather, our spirits were up.  We were finally on the water on what seemed to be the journey that would never begin.  We were all still fresh and well rested, and the rain had yet to permeate our rain gear and bags.  We paddled through Minard’s Bay and started the 2.3km Big Hardwood Carry in the pouring rain.

Big Hardwood Carry

Big Hardwood Carry

We made a late start and the thought of doing the 2.3 km twice was unbearable, so we loaded up for the long haul.  Cody and Rob each took a boundary pack and a canoe, I took two food barrels, one on the front and one on the back, and Rhynot took everything else.

Food Barrels

Food Barrels

Big Hardwood Carry

Big Hardwood Carry

Lunch Stop - Mountain Lake

Lunch Stop - Mountain Lake

We took a little too long for lunch here, but I think we were all happy to get a rest.  We had chicken soup and ham and cheese pitas for lunch.  We were all cold and it was at this point that I realized why people spend so much money on rain gear.  The rain had let up a little bit, but we had to keep moving before the cold really caught up with us.

Mountain Lake

Mountain Lake

We made good time on the water, and soon we were at our next carry into Peskawesk Lake.

Peskawesk Carry

Peskawesk Carry

We got our first glimpse of the huge erratics left behind by glaciers on this carry into Peskawesk Lake.  This one had split and trees had grown up in between them.  It’s hard to imaging when they were dropped here, or how long ago it split in two.  I am feeling the city slowly slip away into the background and the beauty and mysticism of this place begins to set in.

Peskawesk campsite

Peskawesk Campsite

We stopped to look at some maps at the other end of the carry where there’s a great campsite on Peskawesk Lake.  Everything had been soaking all day in the rain, so the neatly cut and stacked wood looked tempting, but we didn’t take any.  We carried on to Peskawesk Lake which is quite beautiful.  I wrote in my journal that I’ll have to come back here in the summer.  It’d be a nice day trip in here.  The rain had stopped which was a nice break.  Maybe that had something to do with how much I enjoyed Peskawesk…  There was so much water here that most of the signs for portages and campsites were underwater, as well as the campsites themselves.  We had two short carries next, one into Beaverskin Lake and one into Peskawa Lake.  It was 6:30 before we got to Peskawa so we were eager to find a spot to camp.

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawesk Lake

Peskawa lake

Peskawa Lake

At Peskawa Lake we knew there was a campsite – Mason’s Cabin.  So we kept our eyes open for a cabin on the left hand side.    It was still raining, or I should say it was raining again, so we were hoping for a cabin, instead of a campsite.We saw one right away from the put-in spot and headed straight for it.  It turned out not to be Mason’s cabin at all, but a Warden’s Patrol cabin.  From there we walked around the cove to find the real Mason’s cabin – occupied.  We decided given the current circumstances that it would be okay to stay here for the night, if we left everything just as we had found it.

Docked at the Warden's Patrol Cabin

Docked at the Warden's Cabin

Warden's Patrol Cabin

Warden's Patrol Cabin

There was a padlock on the front door, but they leave one of the windows open for emergencies.  We figured this would become an emergency if we didn’t get dry fast, so we let ourselves in.  I for one couldn’t be happier to be warm and dry.  It would have been a miserable night outside.

Warm and Dry

Warm and Dry

It was nice to be inside, but the only way in or out was still the window.

Emergency Exit

Emergency Exit

Coffee Time!

Coffee Time!

The conveniences of our regular lives become the luxuries of our camping life.  We still love our Just Us coffee, it just takes a lot longer to get to that after supper mug.  On this trip we brought the Just Us Ethiopian.

Tuna Caserole

Tuna Casserole

And for supper, we had tuna casserole.  Then off to bed.

Bed

Bed

Go to Day 2

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2 Responses to “Boundary Rock Expedition – Day 1”

  1. Hilda Dahl, Victoria BC said

    Hello folks on your trip to find Boundary Rock. I was listening to CBC and tho’t see if you can find this on the internet. I was studying at Dalhousie University in the early 1970’s and also took a year out to teach in Charlottetown, Labrador on the coast during those 4-5 years in the Maritimes coming from BC.

    I would like to encourage you to check out the progress of outdoor education in Labrador these days. Check out with the school in Charlottetown, Labrador. The store keeper family and their airplane sons would be a good addition to your future adventures. Thanks for the way you shared your trip with us. Wow, What a huge rock you found!!,Hilda Dahl, Victoria, BC.

    • gypsyproductions said

      Hi Hilda,

      Labrador is beautiful and vast wilderness that I would love to explore! Thanks for reading, and your comments!

      Paul.

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