Paddling the Dubawnt and the Kazan - 2004 Canoe Expedition
Day 3, Saturday July 10, 2004
More caribou meat
with some hard boiled eggs on whole wheat bread. Yummy. The caribou is,
of course, cooked Dene style. In lard, that is to say. Deciding who would
get the pan drippings rubbed up with the bread near had us into a fist
fight. I was so tired that I fell asleep for a half hour. Second note
to self. Train, you idiot!
Interestingly, every place we have stopped we have found signs of caribou hunting. Some from decades ago, some from last winter.
Last year the Beverly and Kaminuriak herds both wandered far south.The Wollaston people had both herds within minutes of town and the Black Lake people had the Beverly herd right in front of town. All the old people said that the herds had come to see the Dene. Since the Dene are no longer nomadic, following the herds, they reasoned that they were lonley to see their friends. The Beverly herd went further south than they have gone in the last 25 odd years. No one knows the ways of the wind and the caribou.
is a belt of low stony moranic hills, lying in a rather wide valley betwen
rock ridges several hundrd feet in height. It is a mile and a quarter
wide, extending from the shore of Selwyn to a shallow bay at the southern
end of Daly Lake (now named Flett Lake). A good dry portage, 2400 yards
long, runs through the small spruce from one lake to another."
Well the area looks like what Tyrell said. What is missing is a feel of the pain and drudgery of portaging a full camp. We are over now and camped on Flett but my body feels like it belongs to someone else. It is refusing to do what my mind bids it do and all I want to do is crash in the tent. But we have camp to set up, food to prepare and a canoe load of gear to wrestle out of the lake befoe that. More tomorrow ... I am simply too burned out to think.
Sleep to catch here, kids.
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