Then, lucky us, suddenly on the clouds disappeared.
Here's my brand new Innova Solar inflatable I purchased just a couple of weeks earlier from the Boatpeople in California. It's the Czech Republic's manufacturer's new model. This, compared to the now out of production Sunny, is a true double and a true single. I will find out.
The Solar has lots of room for all my camping gear and keep a low profile without the need to store bags vertical. This configuration will help paddling in a headwind and still keep the kayak's CG low for stability.
In the mean time Steven showed up with his trusty Sunny and related gear.
A little while later Chris, Ted and Jamie appeared and got to work assembling their folders. For Ted it took some tweaking to get everything to fit in place.
A view from above - all set to go on Alouette's frigid waters.
As we head out, Steven and I take a little detour to the lake's opposite shore to take a look at the many tree stumps leftover from when the lake had a lower level. An hydroelectric dam was built many years ago and these semi-submerged trees are the result.
More stumps. Interesting how well preserved they are in this cold lake water. They will probably remain like this for at least fifty years of more.
At a little beach for lunch.
Our two kayaks side-by-side.
Nice lake, eh?
We are getting closer to our destination.
Our campground was located at the northwest end of the lake between the narrows and that little creek coming down the valley. The creek was a good water supply spot. Instead of using my old lever operated water filter, I bought a gravity filter from MEC - what a difference! Fresh water was at my fingertips.
Kayakers arriving to their destination for a two-night stay.
Kayaks at rest
Looking back at Alouette Lake. The promise for a cold night... and it was.
Chopping wood for the campfire.
Another good view of the lake.
Two days later paddler returning to our put-in location.
It doesn't look so in the picture but we had a strong wind at our backs help push our boats.
It was a fun ride.
This was one nice first trip of the season.