Beautiful Allagash Lake

Trip Start Jul 29, 2011
Trip End Aug 06, 2011

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Ice Cave Campsite

Flag of United States  , Maine
Saturday, July 30, 2011

We had a thunderstorm during the night, but the rain stopped by the time we got up.  The plan for today was to explore around Allagash Lake.  After breakfast sandwiches and home fries, some went to explore the ice cave while others fished, explored by canoe, or relaxed around camp.  The ice cave was very cool.  There were some tight spaces down there.  There was a room about 20 feet below the ground surface where a boot was found stuck in a crevice above our heads.  Some continued deeper into a narrow crevice to an open area another 20 feet down and we all turned around.  Tim explored another route that dropped rather steeply which had a rope to help people climb out.  Although it was quite cold in the cave, no ice was found.  Well worth the exploration but not for anyone that is claustrophobic! 

Pam and Ed spent the day fishing and caught 8 or 10 good size trout, keeping 2 for dinner.  Kevin, Tom, Darren, Gregg, Charlie, Tim, Missy, Lee, and Jim left camp at about 11:30 and paddled back to the Forest Ranger Camp and hiked up to the fire tower.  Steep hike but great view from the tower.  We met 12 girls from a camp in Damariscotta that were on day 9 of a 19 day trip.  Those 13 and 14 year olds didn't have carts to haul their gear down the carry path...they carried them.  Pretty impressive.  We returned to the campsite at about 5:15.

Dinner tonight consisted of marinated chicken, potatoes cooked over the fire, and fish.  Off to bed early to get rested for an early paddle.

Total Miles Paddled Today:  8.1
Total Paddling Time:  2:55
Average Speed:  2.8 mph
Total Miles For The Trip:  12.1
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