Forest Fires

They followed fires across Tyrell's Portage Route, these rendering that trip unusable for a couple of years.

             Bill Seeley, 9/16/99

Wearing hats is cheating!

In a tributary of the Fawn.

 

Photo: 

Chili Malcoun

"This picture really speaks of how close we were as a section. I swear it was the hottest day 3.the Fawn River has ever seen. That little stream was so cold and refreshing. Even Steve bathed, and he NEVER bathes. I think that was the one time we saw him naked."

           Chili, 4/10/00

Fish a Plenty

One morning we awoke on the Schade River to a cloudy, murky day.  Steve’s words were in my head, “Don’t roll.  Just come down and eat breakfast.”  Dave and I looked at each other and wondered.  No rest day had been planned.

We went down as instructed and ate God’s good Oats.  Steve said that the weather was unpredictable and it wasn’t worth risking hypothermia.  I thought this strange, since my former staff on Section B had no trouble making us wade up the Fishbasket River in far worse conditions.  However, never one to turn down a day of rest I retired to my tent.  I woke up several hours later to the blinding sunlight streaming into my tent. 

Our bad weather day had turned into a beautiful, sunny day.  I once again emerged from my tent to find several of my section mates busy near the shore.  While I was sleeping, the guide and five or six of the campers had caught over 40 fish. 

All I had done was gone to sleep on a cold, rainy morning.  I awoke to sunshine and more fish than I had ever seen.  That night we had fried fish, fish chowder and baked fish.  Later on in the trip I noticed that “weather days” seemed to happen in the most beautiful places.  Steve couldn’t have planned it that way…

              Tim Nicholson, 1/17/00  

Know Your Wood 

Upon arriving on Lake Temagami at the end of the summer of 1994, Section B had a feast fit for kings. We had purchased spare ribs and potatoes to eat the last evening. The ribs were "barbecued" on a grill made of green alder sticks and the potatoes baked in the bean pot. We simply put the spuds in the pot and stuck the whole pot right in the fire. 

After we pulled the bean pot out of the fire, we noticed that all the pot black had burned off the cast-aluminum vessel. Overjoyed that nobody would have scrub the black off, we determined that this was the best and easiest manor in which to super-wallop the bean pot. 

This summer, at super-wallop time, we had an ace up our sleeve — last summer's detour around elbow grease. We boldly stuck the pot in the fire. 

A short time later someone found molten metal oozing out of the fire and onto the rock. We had neglected to remember that we had cooked with spruce on section B and oak on section A.

                 Tim Nicholson, 3/1/00

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