When we reached Casey Lake, I pointed out to Seth that the map showed a structure on Salvelinus
Lake which might be fun to check out. There was no marked trail which went to Salvelinus L. but
there was a stream which we could probably follow.
We reached the point on the lake where we thought the stream was located. Seth believed that he
saw a trail which headed off in the right general direction. I wanted to make sure that the stream
we were looking for was actually there. We found the stream and I convinced Seth that we should
follow the stream instead of the trail.
Near Casey Lake, the stream flowed through some very large rocks. We walked through the woods
along the edge of the stream. After a while, the stream opened up into what looked like a dried
up marsh. Since travel through the woods was slow, we decided to head across this "marsh".
Soon we were walking through raspberry bushes which were up to our waist. Because we were wearing
shorts, crossing through the bushes was miserable. So miserable that we decided to head back. Seth
was convinced that the trail he saw would have gotten us here much more easily and wanted to look
for it. If nothing else, it would be an easier walk back.
We found the trail and I quickly started following the trail toward Salvelinus Lake. Seth
was heading back to the canoe but turned around once he realized that I wasn't behind him.
We had walked a few hundred feet down the heavily overgrown trail before I saw the lake. Just then,
I heard a lot of splashing and some branches breaking. I looked ahead and saw a large female moose
about 100 feet away - staring straight at me. There was plenty of underbrush between myself and
the moose. Still, fearing a moose charge, Seth told me to "get ready to dive into the
bushes." The moose wanted nothing to do with us and walked off into the woods.
After the moose left, we reached the edge of Salvelinus Lake. There were two beaver dams which
held the water in the lake. We crossed one of the beaver dams to get to where the building was
supposed to be. Once we were across, we found the building. Unlike the buildings we saw at the
two logging depots this one was constructed with lumber rather than cut timbers. By the looks
of it, this building had been abandoned long ago.
On the way back to our canoe, we came across a ruffed grouse. It stayed around long enough to
allow me to take a picture. This had been a very rewarding little adventure.