so another Spring that feels kind of empty without the
maddening load of organizing a northern canoe expedition.
And itís doubly strange as I have three Old Town Trippers
sitting in my backyard - killing the grass.
At least Iím in good company,
as Jim Abel reminded meĖhis letter on ending a 25-year
tripping run appears on the page opposite.
Seems the whole world is topsy
turvey with war and disease including SARS (highly
overblown, is the view from here in Toronto) and the
upcoming West Nile plague. Itís someoneís idea of
The West Nile Virus story of
this mosquito-borne threat seems to be changing weekly.
The latest info appears to say that northern travellers
should have little worry. It appears the Culex varieties
of mosquitoes, which have a limited range and are
urban-based, are the real threat. Still I suspect the
disease, which can spell paralysis for healthy forty-somethings,
may have more surprises ahead. If nothing else, our cities
will look like itís full of northern canoeists as Woods
bug jackets and fly dope will abound.
But in-between the gardening and garage-arranging (how
is it always full?) - I will dust off some of our HACC
inventory. My major expedition will be heading up to
Restoule Provincial Park near North Bay with my son Tom,
7. We camped and canoed there last year and will do so
again this July. Thereís also a chance we will rent a
cottage on Georgian Bay in August Ė a recreation area
that has the true taste of the wildĖ and a great place
to do some paddling with a real feel of wilderness.
We hope you enjoy some of
the superb photos from the National Archives of Canada
featured in our spread. George Douglasí 1911-12
photographs, both in content and quality are remarkable.
And how about J. W. Tyrrell? His trip down the Thelon
River and back up in 1900 is little-known, yet
documented with some wonderful photos. The end of an
historic age dovetailed with the rise of technology that
allowed us to capture it forever.
And wherever your travels
take you - please do them safely and enjoyably. And keep
the bug juice flowing!