Puppy pile at Peawanuck airport, waiting for the airplane to new homes. Dogs clockwise from top: Eddie's Wabuk (means polar bear), Russ's Tichnagan (cradle board for carrying an infant), Tom's Sula and Jon's Hookamush. Only Sula has lived a long life, the rest succumbing to health problems.

Photo: Will Reimers

LINER NOTES:

Puppy Love

I have to admit, it was not our plan originally, to achieve the Keewaydin record for most dogs obtained on a Hudson Bay Trip.  However, my tentmate Tom Seeley's innocent desires soon turned us all into brand-new puppy owners.  It was amazing that we were able to feed them, by all giving up a small portion of our meals.  Hmmm.  Maybe we were eating too much beforehand?  Well, I suppose too much is better than too little!

Unfortunately, most of the dogs succumbed to health ailments common to stray dogs in the region - many of the natives cannot afford to feed the dogs, so they are left to fend for themselves, often getting their noses into the wrong places.  My dog made it to two years of age, before dying (amazingly) on my twenty-first birthday, while I was in France on my college study program. Sometimes I wonder whether the poor dog simply suffered from excessive boredom living with my parents!

Either way, Bill Carp, who didn't like the idea from the beginning seemed powerless to stop Tom's idea, which soon spread to four dogs instead of only one.  You know when you look a puppy in the face, well shucks!  However, Carp picked a great name for my dog, Wabuk, which means polar bear in Cree.  Someday when I get a house with a nice big yard and can readily afford the vet bills, I'll have to get Wabuk II.

         Ed Hopkins, 4/4/00

         

Missed the Bay

We were one of few sections not to actually see the Bay. The water was so low and the settlement of Peawanuck is now so far inland, we couldn't get anyone to take us there, and the Canadian government types were real weird there.

        Tom Seeley, 11/28/99

Summer Beaver Baseball

At Summer Beaver we were demolished in softball. They insisted on playing fast pitch and I was the only one who made contact. On the first hit, I grounded out weakly to the second baseman. On the second, I hit a Texas Leaguer (bloop single) over the same second baseman's head.

        Tom Seeley, 11/28/99

Section Plaque

The tan hide in the section's plaque was purchased from the Beaver family in Summer Beaver. The front of the hide depicts a native legend. The Loon and the Grebe had been competing for the heart of the same woman. The woman was falling more for the Loon than the Grebe because of  the voice the Loon had. The Grebe became jealous of the Loon and dressed as a woman to lure the Loon for a rendezvous. When the Loon got close, thinking it was his love, he let his guard down. The Grebe lunged and speared the Loon in the throat with a fiery stick that burned the Loon's vocal cords, causing the shrill tones that loons have today. This was how the Loon came to have it's black throat and it's distinctive call.   

        Will Reimers, Tom Seeley and Chris Hunt, 1/4/00

Photo: Will Reimers

                                                     

Can't Put a Real Fisherman Down!

We were eating lunch on the Pipestone River one day. We selected a spot beside a slow-moving section of the river, almost black water. As the cooks readied the mac n' cheese, someone decided to pull out the fishing gear. The crowd jeered and laughed at the fisherman as no-one had faith in his success. Within two casts, he pulled in a nice walleye. An eyebrow raised. Next cast, another fish. Hmm... Without a lot of noise out came several other rods. All the while the original fisher was hauling in the walleye. The fish cleaners began to work and could not keep up. After about ten minutes, the macaroni pot was full of fish, with a pile to spare for dinner.

        Will Reimers, 12/13/99

Cheers to my bowman Jay Parker. He's the BEST in the whitewater. I don't think we ever took on even an ounce of water.

         Ed Hopkins, 4/4/00

 

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