June 22: On the way up in the van the crew stopped on the James Bay Highway at the bridge over the Rupert River. John (left) and Nate at a stop sign in French and Cree. 

 

Photos: Jeff Tanz

 

July 7: Headwaters of the Coats Rivers (below). The section's fly and fire smoke is visible on the far side of the river, in the centre.

July 7: Excerpt from Jeff Tanz Journal

We woke up to rain. After breakfast Doozer told us that we were gonna hang out for a few hours, to see what happened with the nasty weather off in the distance. So rather than just sit, some of us decided to hike up the hill on the other side of the river. Seven of us, Belmont, Shirpa (Ari), Mike, Rob, Frazier, and Goo, all climbed into one canoe and paddled (sort of) across the river (photo below). The canoe had about two inches or less of freeboard. We hiked up the mountain.  We could see forever. We all took some photos and when we got back down to the river we found out that Chris had come across and taken the paddles out of our canoe. Goo just leaped into the canoe and floated across and then sent the canoe back over with some paddles in it. We all made it back okay.

July 7: Paddling across the river. Bow to stern: Ari, Rob, John, Mike, Brian Belmont, Goo, Jeff.

 

Photo: Chris Russoniello

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