Cooper Brook Falls Shelter to Potaywadjo Spring Shelter 11.3 miles
I’m spoiling G-Man and The Slocomotive for any future backpacking trips. Today was that good.
Here’s the deal: cool September temperatures all day long, and clear blue skies. Humidity takes a holiday. The first half of the day was flat, with the strong morning sun breaking through the green canopy and gracing the footpath ahead of us in a golden light.
The trail itself was cushioned in a thick layer of pine needles, making for very comfortable miles.
We had lunch at Antler Campsite, a red oak sanctuary sited on the former sporting camp, on a sandy finger of land jutting out from the shore of Lower Jo-Mary Lake. It was windy and I soon became chilled. The Slocomotive dove into the pristine waters and swam a bit before we downed lunch. I was disappointed to see that the former well kept rustic outhouse had fallen into disrepair.
A new mouldering privy took it’s place, but change is inevitable and I’m not going to fight it.
Three miles later we all swam at a sunny, warm sand beach that faced south after we wound our way to the opposite shore of the lake.
Arriving at camp, The Slowcomotive was upset at discovering a couple of chew holes in the Arc’teryx pack that I loaned him. He had forgotten that he put a ziplock bag of trail mix in the top compartment. Shelter mice are extremely persistent at sniffing out food, and will eat right through a tent wall and pack compartments to get it. That is why hikers hang their food at night.
Potaywadjo Spring is a huge 12-15 feet diameter free-flowing spring.
It’s the only place on the hike where I drank untreated water.