The large group also gave us the advantage that we would be the only ones on Opalescent Lake, which meant we could choose the campsites that we wanted. This was important as it was already 6:00 PM and we wanted to set up our tents quickly, gather firewood and get dinner served. All was done very efficiently by everyone. This allowed us plenty of time to enjoy the campfire and the incredible display of stars. The clear skies also meant that the night would be a cold one (apparently record cold temperatures were broken for September).
After a good breakfast and a visit from the Canada Jays (Whiskey Jacks or Grey Jays), if anyone was still chilled, the first portage of the day would take care of that. The 640 m portage, with a little lake in the middle, was completed really well, with everyone working hard. Three more portages took us through some smaller lakes to Stratton Lake, where Ms. Lalonde and Ms. McArton had reserved the prime spots on the lake for our large group. A quick gathering of wood and the preparation of lunch, allowed us, finally, some well deserved rest.
The Saturday was predicted to provide us with a lot of rain, but to our pleasant surprise, we woke up with some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, we headed for the Otter Slides to do some swimming and sliding. Warm temperatures and relatively warm water ensured fun was had by all. We added a little cliff jumping and some throw bag tosses to the fun. Without us noticing, the rain had slowly crept in and as we headed back to the campsites, it started to rain. Luckily it only lasted a couple of hours, as we had our lunches and well-deserved afternoon naps. Once the rain cleared, we again headed back to High Falls to check out the falls this time.