May 12, 2014

Whiteshell River, Lone Island Lake to Jessica Lake

Whiteshell River, Lone Island Lake to Jessica Lake
We paddled west 13km from Lone Island Lake dock to reach the shore of Jessica Lake and camped for the night. 
The wind was against us and the current in our favour; we paddled for 3 hours including a short break at the swimming truck to reach a great camping spot.

Eagle nest by the river

We were surprised to find a green truck underwater.
We had to explore it.

We found a nice place for our campsite at Jessica Lake.
A deer was swimming at Jessica lake when we arrived
 After looking for a spot for our tent I found a petroform. Archeologists believe that some of the local petroforms were created up to 2000 years ago before the formation of individual First Nation tribes.
The petroform is snake shaped; pretribal aboriginal people would signal a nearby river with a snake, and a lake with a turtle. Petroforms are features created by the careful placement of stones to form images that carry spiritual significance for the First Nations of the area. Petroforms can signify a lake nearby or portage crossing, among other things but were mostly created in remote places for the purpose of spiritual ceremonies. Creation of the petroforms was not intended as an art-form but as an act of worship, societal values and traditions that define the nature of one's relationship to the unknown. Petroforms were discovered most commonly pointing in the direction of the summer sunrise signifying the importance of sun to First Peoples.  Whiteshell's Sacred Stones

We set up camp and made a leave no trace fire. Careful not to mark any rocks with soot or burn the ground soil. We made sure that other visitors wouldn't have known that there had been a fire there.

We prepared our canoe for the return trip and decided to practice map reading and compass use.
 We reviewed orienting a map, and taking bearings on a map to transfer them to the landscape.