God Resting

Trip Start Aug 11, 2007
Trip End Aug 19, 2007

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

There are five Machias (God Resting) lakes in this remote region. They were formed 10,000 years ago as a sheet of ice over a mile thick receded at the end of the last Ice Age carving the land and depositing enormous boulders and rocks along the way.


We load up our canoes to begin the two hour paddle to our campsite.

Passing the bleached wood of a beaver lodge along the way.


And loons guarding their chicks


Our home for three days will be on a tiny island in the middle of 3rd Machias Lake.  Our island home is a granite boulder left by the last ice age.  Over the last 10,000 years the decomposed remnants of countless generations of trees and plants have covered the island with a preciously shallow layer of furtile soil.  There are trees growing out of solid granite on this island.  We will make bedrooms of whatever small patches of semi-level ground we can find, with tarps hung over our tents in case of rain. I have three 2-man tents and plenty of tarps that I will bring.


Our living room and lounge is a small breadth of clear land on the rim of a granite cliff overlooking the water below.  From our rocky perch we have stunning views of the lake and of the brilliant yellow-green leafs of poplar and birch trees across the channel. 


Eagles have a habit of building their nest in the same tree from year to year.  From our cliff-top campfire we will watch a nesting pair of eagles take turns landing at their treetop nest to feed their chicks.  Eagles lay their eggs in March.  The chicks hatch 35 days later and take their first flight in August.  We might get to see this first flight.


Toilet facilities are "Poop in a Hole". I'll provide the shovel and mobile toilet seat.  You dig your hole. 


Our laundry facilities are "Wash in lake and hang to dry."  I will bring the proper biodegradable soap for both laundry and bathing.

Our kitchen is a simple shelf I built 10 years ago. It is attached to two trees which have grown at different rates causing a pronounced tilt to the countertop. Fortunately my camp stove is functional at any angle.

We will build an enormous campfire each night.  With me on the axe


And Brian on the chainsaw


We will have plenty of wood to pile the campfire high with enough thick logs to burn all night.


We will spend hours each night enjoying the warmth and magic of a blazing fire while we watch the Perseids Meteor Shower from our cliff-top lounge.

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