Monday, August 1, 2016
Well, I am happy to tell you that I am writing this final blog from the fine town of Fort Kent! We awoke early at McBreairty's campsite as it was an exciting day - last push homeward! Up by 5:11 (but who's counting?!), we had a quick breakfast and cleanup, then pushed off by 6:45 into the low-hanging fog along the Allagash River.
We were up early, lured by Lyell's delightful crackling fire and the fact that the bugs don't seem to like the fire's heat.
There is a reason that the organizers of the NFCT put the Allagash at the end of the trail. The Allagash is dessert. It is the reward for the portages, the upstream sections, and any of the less attractive destinations on the trail. First off, the Allagash is all downstream. Second off, the Allagash is all downstream. And as much as you are betting that the third point will be that it's because the Allagash is all downstream, I'd like to add that it's also gorgeous, remote, has few short portages, fun riffles and rapids, and offers amazing wildlife...and did I mention...it's downstream. We got up at a reasonable hour, joined Garry and Christie for breakfast and were on the river by 7:30am. There was a light fog and mist on the river, and the air was still.The day progressed easily as we paddled from rapid to rapid. Three wildlife highlights are worthy of note. The first is that we saw our first moose and calf by the river.
We were up exceptionally early this morning, thanks to a new discovery: today we discovered yet another flying, biting insect - in our opinion, perhaps the vilest, they are so small they can come through our tent netting. (See my mad face.) No-see-ums. Midges. Moose flies. Oh, my! (to quote the Bible.)
Today was a simple day, and we knew that leaving the campsite in a relaxed fashion this morning, at 8:30.
We were awake at the usual hour, that being 6:00 am. Stuart and Mason went out and started the fire and made coffee.