Today I saw a deer swimming to the shore, and later on I thought I saw another one, so I started my GoPro as I paddled closer. I realized that it wasn’t a deer at all, but a (very large) red fox! Such a fluffy tail! Very cool. I also saw a young raccoon chilling as it hugged a tree trunk, and later 3 young raccoons going to the riverside to wash their hands and look for snails. Lots of large turtles, some as big as 2 feet in diameter. And I saw a bald eagle with a white spot on its chest, like a cravat.
I was happy that tonight’s campsite had a rocky bank instead of the usual mud. Much easier to unpack and repack the boat from solid ground rather than sinking sludge.