The current that brought us into town remains strong and pulls us swiftly away. It's the weekend and we see several motorboats on their way out to Mills Lake where there's great Jack and Pike fishing up at the Horn river.
We're not out long before thunderheads build in the afternoon heat and we're forced off the water. We huddle in the high grass keeping out of the wind as rain lashes down around us. Carole-Anne and the kids make a circle and sing.
The skies soon clear and we make our way onwards to a tiny island near the mouth of Mills Lake. We won't risk poking our heads into the lake until later this evening when we'll have our best shot at calm waters and a smooth crossing. We learned the hard way on Beaver Lake that with the current and marsh, once you're there, you're committed.
It's a dinner of Ramen noodles and vegetables washed back with hot chocolate and coffee.
Craig has brought a fishing rod but hasn't had an opportunity to test it yet. The kids have broken it out and are giving it a go among some reeds.
"Don't be getting your hopes up guys," says Craig, warning the kids "It's not as easy as cast and catch"
"Dad, we got something!!" Screams Nathaniel not 10 minutes after starting. "It broke the line!"
After relining the rod the kids haul in a 6-7lb Pike with little effort.
"It still has the other lure in it's mouth" points out Caitlin. "Clearly not a smart fish"
The kids have another one caught before we depart. Maybe it is cast and catch after all.
We strike out onto Mills Lake at 8:30pm. The waters are smooth and our traverse is one of simple wonderment. The Northern evening light is like that of a sunset but it lasts all night as an orange glow bathes everything. We make camp at the far end of the lake at midnight and fall asleep knowing a major obstacle is now behind us.
The kids have been journaling too and Arianna's description of the day is as follows:
"Before we left We needed to do one thing. Lots of people in Fort Prov told us to put tobacco in the water so the creator will give us good luck. So we did.
Just after we left Fort Providence the current got super fast and the wind perfect and it was the perfect heat. But after a bit it started to rain as hard as I have ever seen. We needed to stop cause there was lightning. We were lucky we found a place to stop. We stayed for an hour and the weather got to be not raining. After hours of paddling we saw this island in the distance so we decided to stop for dinner. When we arrived there we started fishing and we got two Pikes but we already had dinner so we needed to let them go :( "