Day 5 8:30 am
The next morning, the skies cleared to reveal a stunning view of extinct volcanoes and hanging glaciers. This was the best campsite view of the trip so far.
Lanezi Lake had a reputation for bad weather. An early start was required to ensure that they could make it to the campsite at the far end of the lake before the afternoon thunderstorms rolled in.
The first 5 km was a leisurely paddle down the Cariboo River. The silt laden river combined with the outflow from McLeary Lake to produce a light aqua blue color in Lanezi Lake. The excessive rain of the summer had resulted in the river levels being high and actually made it a lot easier to paddle as the rapids and other hazards were completely covered.
Lanezi Lake had the most impressive shoreline of all the lakes. Steep mountains rose on both sides, with the North side having a rainforest with the most incredible moss covering, similar to that seen on the Coastal Range near the Pacific. This could only mean one thing – lots of rain!
Peter and Marg took their first rest stop at Camp 32, a small campground at the foot of the mountain with barely enough room for one tent let alone two. No overflow camping was possible at this site. This site also had the Parks Canada Throne which offered the best view of any outhouse on the circuit.
After a short rest, the journey west continued past the ranger station and the Bowron Inukshuks to two more campgrounds with even less space than Camp 32. Camp 37, 20 km from the starting point that morning was the pit stop for this leg of the race. Unfortunately, this leg had no prize, so Peter and Marg had to settle with setting up their tent without any rain. About an hour later, Chris and Louise from Abbotsford showed up at Camp 37 and joined Peter and Marg. About an hour later another couple showed up just as the sky was getting dark.
The rain started falling lightly and then very heavy, followed by lightning and thunder. Incredibly another two canoes also showed up during the storm, one with the parents and one with the teenage son and his friend, who thought they could battle Mother Nature wearing their jeans in the rain. Luckily for them, there was a fire going under the tarp and their shivering bodies soon warmed up. The storm continued for about an hour, and then moved east. The rain continued to the east, but the sky in the west was clear revealing a brilliant setting sun. The low angled rays created the most intense double rainbow anyone had seen.