many of you wondered what happened to the HACC and our
Crown of a Continent trip scheduled for this past summer.
The sad truth is a sudden recurrence of my wife Margaret’s
breast cancer, that she had battled so valiantly last
year, took her life on July 11. It was not even two weeks
from diagnosis to death. Her breast cancer returned to her
liver and took her very swiftly.
there is some consolation in the fact she did not suffer a
prolonged decline, as is common with that accursed
disease, the speed caught us all unprepared. She was
diagnosed June 30, two days after we had cancelled the
trip when it became obvious the abdominal pain she had was
Tom, 8, and I were, and are, devastated. Our world has
changed dramatically. But to offer a canoeing metaphor –
when times are toughest – a light so often shines through.
In this case, it was the tremendous support of family,
friends and neighbours, including many of you. It is all
too overwhelming and keeps coming at you in waves. Time
will heal, but it will take some while before the wounds
Margaret McNair Peake, aka Maggie, was not a wilderness
canoeist but she fulfilled the role of this canoeist’s
biggest fan – and critic. She was the voice behind many
comments in Che-Mun
tried her best to improve our woeful typo rate while at
the same time trying to rewrite everything she edited!
the reason that Outfit 117 is so far behind schedule and
Crown of a Continent was dethroned. I will continue to
produce Che-Mun and I would ask you to bear with
us as we struggle to get back to some kind of normal
story of death takes over these pages as well. The
discovery of the bodies of Daniel Pauzé and Susan
Barnes, lost in Labrador last summer came as some
relief to the families of the pair of young adventurers.
This story has created a great deal of interest in these
pages and beyond which is why we deal with it one more
our summer of 2004, it will be remembered with great
sadness and a time when both our lives changed
dramatically. Tom and I did, however, return to the
wonderful cottage the three of us shared last summer in
Georgian Bay. Wild rocky shores and the looming presence
of big water, make Georgian Bay a haven and a superb
place to begin the healing.