|Bill Layman & Lynda Holland's
La Ronge, Saskatchewan to Arviat, Nunavut on Hudson Bay - 55 Days and 1000 miles.
|This, of course, was for
our good luck on the trip. And what a start. We had dead
calm all day. Not a breath of wind and a slightly
overcast sky so it wasn't too hot. I feel almost guilty
saying this, as Tom and I had nothing but wind in our
faces for the entire trip from La Ronge to Wollaston.
We were to have spaghetti tonight, but as we rounded a rocky point I told Lynda I was going to troll for a few minutes for trout. Literally 20 seconds after the hook hit the water we had a four pound trout. The plan now is to have trout with Black Beans and rice. Sorry Tom .. I know I promised not to talk about the food but I just had to do it.
And for the "odd and odder column," I have to tell you what I saw last night as we were packing up. A 16 foot aluminum boat pulling a water skier up and down the bay raced past where we were standing. And what's odd about that, you say? Well the kids were using an eight foot oak trapper's toboggan instead of water skis. How's that for creative?
We're home again and once more I marvel at the instant calm that grips my soul as we move into the dream that is the north.
|Since she isn't, we are
counting on her grandson Jimmie to do it for us and thank
her for the prayer.
Here's hoping her prayer works all the way to Hudson Bay.
I should have mentioned yesterday that we are solidly in Dene country now. This is still the Hatchet Lake Band's (Wollaston) back yard and soon we will be into the land they share with the Barren Land's Band (Lac Brochet) turf. Truth is they sort of criss cross each other over where they still go and where they used to go. We talked to a young man at Wollaston yesterday. When he heard where we were going, he told us he had been all the way to Seal Hole Lake at the north end of Nueltin by skidoo. Like I said before, Dene really like to travel. We stopped today at what is loosely termed Cochrane River Village.
Five years ago, about six families got tired of Wollaston and moved to this gorgeous sand and jackpine esker. They had a "trap line" school for the kids and from all accounts thoroughly enjoyed the move back to "the bush." Although at the moment the spot is not really settled on a full time basis, my guess is that it won't be long before some people are back out there and the school is re-opened. George St Pierre (who I just worked with) and his wife Melanie lived there and would really like to go back. As well, Hector and Mary Ann Kailther, friends of ours, would love to get out of town. And you can bet if they do, we will be visiting by skidoo.
Time to go. I am shot. The spaghetti is ready. Life is good ... Have I said this a few too many times?
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Here are the Sponsors & Introduction Story for the 2002 trip
Check out Bill and Lynda's 2001 trip to the Dubawnt River in NWT & Nunavut.
Bill Layman's bio - with other Trips & Stories by Bill.
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