that was quite a summer ó both good and bad. Some great
moments and a tragic one.
family vacation to Georgian Bay was a great success. What
a few weeks we had! In fact, when the rest of the east
coast of North America was plunged in to darkness by the
massive power failure, our solar and propane cottage never
blinked! It certainly gave me a new perspective on how to
outfit a cottage.
paddled throughout the rocky islands and clear, warm (!)
water ó all in all the next best thing to a northern canoe
news arrived on our second last day of vacation when we
heard about the missing canoeists Dan Pauze and Susan
Barnes. It provoked some thoughts which I have shared
with you all on page five.
reported on such incidents over the years but this is the
first time we have been personally involved. Itís
certainly a reminder of the dangers that are possible when
travelling in rough country. Still, I would rather go
somewhere in the Torngats than a freeway traffic accident!
honoured to have the incomparable Stew Coffinís words
grace our pages. This legendary northern paddler has
written of his travels and the forthcoming book, My
Black Spruce Journals, will be published next spring
by Natural Heritage Books.
should correct something we wrote in the last issue.
Stew did not have his knees replaced, his companion did,
he says his are still fine which he attributes to
youthful years picking tobacco.
finally, Lands Forlorn. We have done a lot on
this seminal 1914 book by George Douglas. This latest
nugget regarding Robert Service
got me thinking that this book is really the Rosetta
Stone of northern historical travel.
met and mingled with such an astonishing array of
people; Hornby, Service, Radford & Street, Coronation
Inuit, Father Rouviere and LeRoux and on it goes. This
book would be a superb one to reprint - an idea we have
been musing with. It needs a high quality job to
reproduce the great photos that record a dying era.
Maybe thatís a good project to dream about.