Day 31: Spaulding Cove in The Narrows to Haines Landing in Oquossuc and the Hartman’s cabin, Cup o’ Tea (14.8 miles)

Jess and Becca certainly became trail angels when they offered to share their campsite with this NFCT through paddler, just as lightning began to threaten.

All three of us were up early, ready to paddle the 6 miles to Upper Dam in the early morning calm.  The storms in the night had been intense and right overhead, so we were glad to see sun.

As I paddled with a gentle wind at my back, awed by the flight of a calm and majestic bald eagle, across the water came the faint sound of singing from the girls’ yellow canoe.  

“I bet they’re singing camp songs,” I thought, knowing Megan would have enjoyed them and their enthusiasm for my trip.  They were athletic and comfortable with camp life…Becca plays field hockey like I did in college and Jess has been on many wilderness trips, including 30 days canoeing in the Boundary Waters.  


Two wilderness paddling enthusiasts (Jess and Becca) portaging Upper Dam

At Upper Dam, I was pleased to find phone service and quickly called Paul and Janie Hartman.  Instead of paddling to their cabin, could I please finish all of Mooselookmeguntic Lake and get picked up in Oquossuc?  It was settled and off I paddled onto another idyllic lake on another idyllic day.  I am so blessed to be on this trip!  Although the wind did come up and I paddled deep into Wildwood Cove to stay safe.


Old friends and part of my church family, Paul and Janie have owned their place on Mooselookmeguntic Lake for almost forty-seven years

As always, the details fell into place.  A man pulling his boat pointed me to Cliff’s cabin, where Cliff was happy to store my boat overnight.  Paul and Janie whisked me off for some Yellow Brick Road ice cream at The Gingerbread House and then home to their cabin for an evening of visiting.

Cup o’ Tea is a place of traditions. One of my favorites is the outdoor shower, with plenty of water out in God’s creation and a view of the sun-sparkled lake. Did you notice the water comes out of a hollow tree?


3 thoughts on “Day 31: Spaulding Cove in The Narrows to Haines Landing in Oquossuc and the Hartman’s cabin, Cup o’ Tea (14.8 miles)”

  1. Laurie: (“There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure,, solitude, and peace.” – -S.
    Olson) We hope that you’re experiencing all four in good measure, and very little of the antonyms. We are enjoying the e-journal of your adventure. We are excited that you are now well over half-way. We would say that ‘its all down hill from here’, but we know better! Our thoughts, spirits , and prayers are with you. Arne and Nancy.

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