Photo: David B. Kittredge

Richard Corkran (left) and Peter Henkel on a beaver lodge.

The Trip In

The early crew of Heb and two campers, Peter Henkel and Ted Esselstyn, arrived at Savant Lake via road and train on June 24. This was joint travel with section A, in some combination of train and Heb driving his car – a black standard transmission Ford station wagon - and towing a trailer of canoes. The three of them flew into Miniss to look for a site for a base and puttered around Miniss in Heb's red "square-ender." They found a site to call home and built a tent platform and set up the big tent.

I  was not around for the early scouting, since I was back on Devil's Island collecting the campers. With tons of gear, we were taken to North Bay, where we checked into a hotel a few blocks away from the train station. We had a few rooms in the hotel, but had to be at the station at dawn the next morning. The 24-hour train ride got us into Savant Lake at dawn July 1, and Heb and the two campers were there to greet us.

Heb then ferried all the gear down to Pashkokogan for travel by canoe to Miniss. After we arrived, the whole section built an elevated food cache. There was a Coleman lantern in the big tent, but we cooked outside on a fire, as if we were on trip. And there was a "fort."

            Chip Kittredge, 12/4/99

With Heb

I tripped with Heb in ’73 in Section A, and things were a little different this time. Younger campers, for one, but a different philosophy of having everyone paddle stern. There was a rotation whereby everyone changed canoe partners and positions. This was new to me – I’d never experienced it in any other Keewaydin section, but it seemed to work well.

We had a goal of locating a place for Keewaydin to call its permanent outpost. No such outpost existed at this time. Heb and two campers went out several days early to find a site to call “outpost” or “base” for the summer. The guide and other campers followed in the normal camp schedule.

          Chip Kittredge, 12/4/99

Bear Raid

A good deal of food was cached up on stilts, six or seven feet in the air, at our outpost between trips, but it was raided by a bear while we were gone. We returned to our base to find a white trail of flour, created by the bear dragging a huge bag of it into the woods. Not much other serious damage was done to the food supply, though.

          Chip Kittredge, 12/4/99


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