Day 27

June 4, 2019

It rained through the night on Cedar Lake.  A thunderous boom woke up nearly everyone around midnight.  We intended to break camp around 2:00 a.m. but rain and wind prevented us.  Was not until 6:00 a.m. that the rain stopped and the wind subsided.  Having laid over the day before, we were all eager to get moving.  We had to get off Cedar Lake today.  Granola – no coffee for breakfast.  Many of us took caffeine pills.  We made good time across Cedar with minimal winds, eventually getting to the marsh near the Saskatchewan River (SR) around 10:00 a.m.

Navigating was difficult so we flew the drone up and could easily find our way.  The drone is an advantage I will surely miss in the trips to follow.  Paddling upstream on the SR made for slow progress but we pushed until around 7:00 p.m. when the sun had finally gotten the best of us.  This river is very muddy but we managed to find some rocks to unload on and an elevated straw/tall grass campsite.  With no trees there is no shade.  Our tents are baking in the sun.  I am sweating profusely writing this…it sucks a lot.

Today was a good day overall but I am sunburnt, exhausted and in for a brutally hot night of sleep.

Chili mac for dinner.  The Pas tomorrow, which all of us are very much looking forward to.  Unfortunately we will only be able to spend a few hours with Buch and John.

Too hot to write more.  One quarter of the trip nearly complete!  It’s wonderful and fine!

Great Spirit please give us cloud cover tonight.

-QP

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