Nom de Plumage

November 15, 2011

Pristine Wilderness of Zec Dumoine

Filed under: Travel Journal — nomdeplumage @ 8:05 pm

Dusty and suffering aches from all the jolting about in the pathfinder, we arrive at the edge of Zec Dumoine. The scene before me was nothing short of breathtaking. A pristine wilderness that beholds a massive lake of fresh water, dotted with islands of every shape and size and it is on one of these islands that our cabin awaits. But first, we need to unload the car of our many supplies and load a small tinny (that’s Australian for tin boat) plus three adults and a small dog and make our way across the lake and hope that we do not sink along the way? With the weather being so hot and humid, the cool water was a welcome relief as my hand glided through the ripples made by the boat.
My first sighting of the man-made cabin was one of joy and slight apprehension. Utter seclusion awaits in a cabin that is rustic, yet inviting. We glide the boat the last few metres to the dock that is lined with fake green grass (not a good look). Unloading the unstable boat and carrying the supplies up some stairs, we finally arrive at the cabin’s front door. Dura unlocks the padlock and we enter and are greeted by bat pooh. Yep, BAT POOH and shit loads of it! Everywhere! Poor Kathy was devastated because weeks prior they both came down to clean up the cabin for my arrival. So after unloading the boat, we spent the next two hours cleaning. Blasted bats where laughing in the roof as we where whinging. The cleaning gave me a great opportunity to inspect the cabin that was made in the 1960’s by a native Indian with his own bare hands and with the tools that mother nature provided. With modern additions, there was seven beds, a kitchen with gas stove and hand water pump, dinning table and a pot belly stove/heater in the middle. Personal hygiene facilities were non existent. The toilet consisted of either beside a tree or the second option is to walk twenty metres to a three sided wooden structure with a toilet seat over a hole in the ground. Spider webs decorated the wall and although not wholly inviting, there was a great view of the lake as you sat and did your business.
Dinner was mashed potato, salad and Dura cooked steak which smoked the remaining bats out of the roof. With the meal over and the sun setting, Dura and I sat out on the deck with the fake grass, talking and laughing. To our surprise, a female moose and her calf were crossing the lake right in front of us. What a way to end the long day!


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