This past Sunday, 6:20 AM, I paddled from our campsite on the Rapid river, 8 miles, down a river, across Umbagog lake, into another river, to the take out. And this in a pea soup fog. I was determined to get on the road by 9:00 AM for my 7 hour ride back home.
There were 5 of us. You old timers will know their names (Dougd, Sccottb, jvogt, kayakken) 4 night and 5 days in the Maine woods on a beautiful lake and rivers… We had perfect weather each day, but on Sunday we had fog. I was the only one in the group with a GPS. The others had maps and compasses… We left in two groups, me and the other 4 guys. My GPS has maps and keeps track of where I’ve been. I paddled 8 miles in thick fog following my tracks from 4 days ago. I did the 8 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Had spare batteries too. GPS made it easy, without it, could have gotten lost and wasted time I didn’t have. The others used map, compass and some dead reckoning, then the fog lifted for them, did not for me.