No stress here.
Can't beat the view at sunset.
Nice wildlife including moose.
My bonding partner is a Ph.D. biologist who knows much about plants and animals living in the water. His favorite trick is to pluck a scale off a large fish, pull out his hand lens (people other than geologists carry these gadgets), count the growth rings, and give me an age for the fish. Pretty nifty. I also quiz him about all of the water plants, those things that back in my Kansas home are generally called “moss.” I have learned much about the aquatic world in my 16 years of bonding.
The geology in this part of the world has two classes of rocks/outcrops: 1) Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks; 2) Quaternary glacial crud covering most of the landscape. However, down in the river valley that holds the natural lake (about 26 miles long) one is able to observe results of glacial scouring. In fact, the river follows a channel that was “dug out” by the glacier. It is not a smooth channel as noted by the numerous rocks sticking above the water’s surface and then plunging down 60-80 feet in a short distance. The best fishing seems to be locating the “humps” where the rocks do not break the surface but where small baitfish congregate and therefore attract large northern pike (40-inch range) and walleye (up to 31 inches).
Notice the glacial striations or grooves.
Cartoon showing formation of a Roche moutonnée or stoss and lee. Public Domain sketch created by Jasmin Ros.
Cruising up an outlet stream to a kettle lake where a "hump" once produced 42 walleye in one hour.
If readers want to view a large-scale, mountain Roche moutonnée visit one of my favorite Bogs, In the Company of Plants and Rocks, at www.plantsandrocks.blogspot.com (Oct. 5 post).
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
I think we have reached the head of the lake! I am pretty certain that we cannot push the 20 HP motor through those rapids!