Trip 1: Brightsand River
Trip 2: Allanwater River - Palisade River - Misehkow River - up Albany River
Left to right, back row: John Applegate (staffman), Bob DeVilbiss, Alfred Donovan, Ned Vickers, Will Percy, Scott Springgate (guide). Front row: Mike Kell, Bob Beasley, Bo Martin, Lloyd Aspinwall, Kevin Welch, Elijah Schachter.
We camped on a lake, out of which a small creek flowed to the Misehkow. Our campsite was a site used by the Rusty Myers Flying Service for fly-in fishermen. But the area for 100 square yards was burned to the ground. We didn't think much about it and finished our trip.
Later, when Scotty was hitchhiking back to Savant Lake to get the car and trailer, he got a ride with an Indian from Pickle Crow. They talked and Scotty told him our route. The Indian told him a story about the burned site.
Apparently, a week or so before we arrived the area was crawling with Mounties (Royal Canadian Mounted Police - RCMP). Rusty Myers had flown in three fishermen for a week's stay. When they picked them up there were only two men! The two guys claimed the third went bush-crazy and ran off into the woods, never to be seen again.
The real story was that during the first night, the missing man had knocked over a lantern and burned the cabin down along with their supplies and equipment. The body of the man was found and the two guys were charged with murder!
Apps Applegate, 5/19/01
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