|Bill Layman & Lynda Holland's
2001 trip, on the
Dubawnt River in the North West Territories & Nunavut.
Tuesday July 03 / Wednesday July 04 / Thursday July 05 / Friday July 06 / Saturday July 07 /
|Later, we saw another
gorgeous mature male. We stopped at 9:30 and camped
within a half mile of two Inuit canvas tents that we had
spotted up river. It was so cold that we put the Coleman
Peak into a pot then put it into the vestibule of the
tent for 10 minutes. We luxuriated in the warmth.
Just as we were getting ready to get going, a jet ranger helicopter flew over. It was the regional biologist doing caribou work and he told me, via radio, that the Qamanirjuag Herd is still south of Rankin Inlet, and that locally, there are groups of males in the 20 to 30 to 40 range.
The north shore of Shultz Lake is a spectacular series of high multi-coloured bedrock hills, surrounded by coarse rock gravel beaches, with green lichen encrusted boulders higher up. It's clear skies but no bugs. What a bonus. It is decidedly fall weather right now, with bright sun and freezing cold air. I have on Lifa and a wind shell and I'm still chilly.
Two sandhill cranes just walked up and are croaking on the hill behind us.
We started off with a bit of a head wind but finished up almost dead calm and covered 2 miles. Only a hurricane-force south east wind would stop us from getting off Shultz Lake and onto the river tomorrow. I hope we can run the Aleksektok rapids like last year. I really don't want to do the one-mile portage.
I hate to say it, but it's starting to sink in that the trip is beginning to end. I have already made a series of phone calls to airlines and Baker Lake lodge, so I guess tonight we'll have to start fantasizing about next year's trip.
|I finally found out that
the the trains are booked so we can't get a sleeping
unit. We are ending up in coach. Do you know how hard it
is to sleep on a train chair that doesn't work?
By the way, we're on the final stretch of the river. The sun is out and life is ok. At least for another day it's ok. I need a reintroduction to complex scheduling and what is perceived to be the real world.
We did 40 odd miles to a small creek that we jacuzzied in last year but this year it's just too darn cold.
25 miles to go to Baker.
|Next stop, the Northern,
were I eat a bag of nacho chips and wash it all down with
a Coke Classic. We're now awaiting our KFC. Yes, they
have Kentucky Fried Chicken up here.
Linda stopped at the RCMP and closed the trip note. They couldn't find our trip plan... that is, they couldn't find it until they realized that, because we've been here so many times in the last few years, we have our own special personal file.
Well folks.... that's about it. It was a slice doing this via PALM and GLOBALSTAR and I hope a few of you got a kick out of it. With any luck we'll do this again next year when we'll be paddling to Nueltin Lake country from Wollaston Lake, see you then!
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