Do we know what a portage is??

Wow.  We must really be in the boonies…  If the only way to the Island of Indian Artifacts is by canoe, and our intrepid columnist has to “see that <he gets> a copy of the paper when the article runs…”  With all the late breaking world changing news in the pipeline, though, it could be weeks (?) before that Story makes its way to page 5…

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But back to the Trail clan…  Let’s review the visual clues in Panel 2.  They have “made portage,” yet water is to their backs.  Did they walk on this water while carrying their canoes?  I thought canoes were made for water, floated nicely and do a splendid job of carrying passenger and gear.  Big Pine Lake is 1 mile that-a-way, which is where I guess they need to haul the canoes next?  Doc is bent over in a heap declaring how “heavy canoes can be,” yet it looks like he “portaged” it 20 feet from the shore??

Meanwhile, Cherry is copping total attitude, looking almost disdainful of her aging father’s attempt to do what probably came easier to him in his thirties…

Anyone seen Rusty??