Some of you may have heard by now that the journey to the north was one hell of an adventure! For context (many of you have expressed confusion over the sheer size of the province), I’ve prepared a map indicating the first leg of our journey. The green indicates the route, the yellow shows our first stop at Pancake Bay provincial park (that marker is approximate, and probably very inaccurate…I’m guesstimating) .
I highly recommend Pancake Bay! Especially (and perhaps, only) if you can reserve a site on the water ahead of time.
The weather was awesome and the people were really friendly!!
On morning 2, we went to Lake Superior Provincial Park, where we were warned of what lurked ahead:
You may be wondering what we’d find a mere 400 metres ahead. So was I. Also, it wasn’t 400-metres-of-flat-land ahead, but rather 400-metres-of-rocky-terrain-and-cliffs-ahead.
And I was wearing flip flops.
And I had to scale the side of a cliff over Lake Superior with nothing to hold but a chain. A chain that was BROKEN in several places! If you look closely, you’ll note that after the next iron bolt, the chain has been broken off (probably by someone who plunged to their death), leaving me to scale the rest of the slippery rock ledge without anything to hold (did I mention the flip flops?!). The park officials also though it would be nice to add the ropes you see behind me, which trail down into the lake, so you can try to pull yourself out once you fall in (upper body strength, anyone?).
But all of the drama was well worth it (I’m sure you could hear my cries of protest all the way down in South Western Ontario). Once we scaled around the rock ledge, we got to see some of the best preserved pictographs on the Canadian Shield, including a painting of Misshepezhieu. Misshepezhieu was, according to Ojibwe legend, a part-lynx, part-sea monster that would whip it’s tail around under water to create waves.
So, traditionally, travelers would leave offerings of tobacco or other gifts here for Misshepezhieu, since he had such a bad temper, and they wanted him to grant them a safe and successful passage by Lake Superior.
*Ahem* Cough* Cough*
We didn’t leave any offerings.
So I’ll give you some time to guess what happens in Part 2…