I took a masochistic trip to Massasauga Provincial Park this past weekend in some of the heaviest, most continuous, coldest rain I’ve ever experienced while camping. I knew what I was in for, so I’m not asking for any sympathy or congratulations. I wanted to get out in some nasty conditions to step up my efforts to move into cooler “shoulder” season camping and tripping.
Overall it was a great success. I essentially went from living in my dry suit during the day to living in my tent after supper. The tent’s vestibule was akin to the airlock of a space station, with my dry suit being the space suit. The only time I was chilled was setting up and tearing down camp. Mostly it was my hands, as I couldn’t figure out any way to do everything I needed to while wearing gloves.
There is an amazing amount of water everywhere. I checked out some falls on the north end of Blackstone Harbour, which I hadn’t seen on previous visits. I HEARD them from the dock at Pete’s Place and then looked over to see an impressive amount of whitewater coming over the cliff about 700m away across the water. On my return after spending Friday and Saturday night at different sites in the park, I paddled over to check them out.
I took the first picture, and then found the second picture online that was taken from roughly the opposite angle and shows how different the water levels are. Look at the three large rocks at the base of the falls and the tree on shore to orient yourself…