For my birthday I get to eat a nice pancake prepared by my loved ones! We are happy to take a day off since there are lots storms around us and very strong winds and happy to be in such a nice spot for this day. We rest, play cards and get out from time to time between storms. Mother nature gives us a good break of rain allowing us to cook the supper on the fire on the beach and to have a short walk at the sunset. Mali and I see lots of garter snakes and a few beavers and then its bedtime. The next day after a day off we wanted to get up early but the winds were pretty strong when we got up that we decide that there is no need to rush it. We eventually paddle out in the wind hopping that we can still make good distance. We eventually come across a wolf that seemed to swim towards an island, wow what a sight! The winds stay relatively calm for most of the day until half way through our last crossing. At that point the winds start lifting waves of 3-4 feet’s but the wind is in our backs at least and allows us to make it quickly to the other side. We are now just 3-4km from the place where we will portage and decide to push on despite the big waves. We paddle for a very long time before realising we were barely progressing and had to be careful not to paddle to far from shore however when near the shore the waves are more crashing and harder to manage.