Sunday, July 17, 2005

voracious beavers

We're back from the trip. It was so beautiful. A proper update later.

If the guide book is right, it's 320 km from the junction of the Wind River and the Peel River to the ferry crossing on the Dempster Highway just outside Fort McPherson in NWT. After over a week on the Wind River, we paddled that last 320 km stretch in three days, paddling two 12 or 13 hour days, and four hours on the fourth day to do the last 20 or so km, when we had a strong head wind and progress was slow. The Peel River was very low and the current was almost non-existent for much of it, so it was hard going.

I have HUGE MUSCLES right now, and I am exhausted from the paddling and the subsequent 12 hour drive from Fort McPherson.

Among other things, we saw moose, caribou, ptarmigan, snow buntings, bald eagles, hawks of many kinds, tons of peregrine falcons, cheeky ground squirrels, and a lone wolf. We caught and ate arctic grayling, yum. We were eaten by thousands of mosquitos and attacked by a fierce voracious beaver. My sister killed a goose. I collected a lot of pretty rocks. Do you want one?


At July 18, 2005 8:35 a.m., Blogger The Dude said...

Me me, I want a pretty rock! Also, when will you be posting photos of voracious beavers???


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