One of my favorite things about working with my river family at Adventure Calls Outfitters is that each year someone inevitably comes up with a new adventure to try and usually invites others to join. The adventure can be anything from rafting on a new river, a weekend camping trip, climbing mountains, hiking or any number of outdoor activities.
For me, this is great since my family doesn't always share my zest for the outdoors and "roughing" it. We spend plenty of time camping each year, but it usually involves a warm cabin with electric and a full kitchen. When exploring with my fellow guides, its typically primitive camping and spending time in my hammock.
When Tim mentioned his plans for this year, I was immediately intrigued and excited. Tim has a goal to complete the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT); a 740 mile trek that starts in Old Forge, NY and ends in Fort Kent, Maine. There are a total of 13 sections to the trail that cover 56 lakes and ponds, 22 rivers and streams, and 62 portages (for a total of 55 miles).
Day 1 - Starting our Journey
|Starting Point of the NFCT - Old Forge, NY|
|Paul (my paddling partner for the week) and our fully loaded canoe|
|Bald Mountain Fire Tower|
|Seventh Lake gives us an incredible view of a seaplane practicing landings.|
|Eighth Lake shore - End of Day 1|
|The Boardwalk to Brown's Tract|
|One of the many beaver lodges in the area.|
|Negotiating a beaver dam in Browns Tract.|
|Group picture at Bluff Point with Mary|
|Dinner on Forked Lake|
|Sunset from our campsite on Forked Lake|
|Our lunch view|