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Arthur, Di and Scotty met up to hike the 7 km into cabin 3 on the Epinette trail.  It was a glorious day to be setting out for the first backpack of the season!
On arrival at cabin 3 - we met up with Marilyn (an ex member of the Wilderness Club) and her partner Tom - who were out training for the West Coast trail.  Arthur, who initially thought he would camp out in the cabin for the night, set off back to the parking lot - with Marilyn and Tom hot on his heels to pick up the pieces if he got into trouble!  Di and Scotty were then joined by another two couples, and a group of eight women from 'Experience Manitoba', based in Winnipeg.  It was a beautiful evening by the fire - with the coyotes serenading us - but the clouds were moving in!
We woke the next morning to the 'pitter-patter' of rain on the tent.  De ja vu?  The backpacking season appeared to have picked up from where it left off last fall!  However, it seemed to clear up by noon - and Di and Scotty set off for the 24 km hike to cabin 4.  We actually stopped 300 m short of the cabin, and enjoyed the view from the top of the hill looking down over Jack Fish lake.  The hike back to cabin 3 was in some light drizzle - but it eventually did clear up and the wind eased - ready for another beautiful evening by the fire with the coyotes serenading me again.  Everyone else had left - did they know some thing I didn't?!
The next morning, I woke again to the sound of rain on my tent - but this time it was really pouring!  Thank goodness for the shelter of the cabin to have breakfast and pack up my backpack.  The 8 km hike out was wet and muddy - but the rain did stop.  The drive home though, was absolutely horrendous!  I was so glad I was off the trail - as the rain came down in buckets - I could hardly see where I was going!
It was just great to be back out on the trails - despite the weather.  The boots are well worn in again now, and the home made dehydrated Moroccan stew was a real success!  I hope to see you out there one day.........           Di Ingram

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