I didn't spend a lot of time doing any actual adventure. It was another gear test to get acquainted with how the boat behaves and if I can trust my dry gear. It's winter and if I get soaked I will not have a lot of usable time to get dry. Mostly my fingers stop working and you can't even pull a zipper. So I need to know if I go swimming I will not get too wet.
The blue vest is a CO2 inflating PFD. It's my favorite vest if I don't need one. Most of the time I like being in the water so I expect to go in at some point and traditional PFDs work best.
I don't find a place to portage. Shortly after the video I see hunters and I don't want to be walking around. Also, the islands that look firm enough to walk on have heavy brush and walls of dead logs.
When I finally removed the dry suit the only thing that is wet is the cuff of my pants. I put the dry seal over the neoprene sock and that let water up the inside of the sock when it leaked. I will glue the sock or put the seal right on my skin and I know that seals well like the wrists.
To save time and experiment with the gear, I carry out. This saves about 10 minutes packing and 5 unpacking if I needed to portage a short distance.