ROUTE: 30-Day Groundhog River
Grassy Lake via road - Grassy River - Canoeshed L - Grassy R - Kapiskong L - Peterlong Lake - Kenogamissi Lake - up Mattagami River - Minisinakwa L - Gogama village - up Makami R - Mesomikenda Lake - Stackpool L - Kasasway L - Katagi L - Scraggy L - Alike R - Lasucor L - Little Rush Lake - Rush L - Rush R - Horwood L - Groundhog River - Fauquier village - Boatline Bay via road
Carried entire trip's outfit
Left to right, back row: Dave "Shoes" Toogood (staffman), John Harley Walsh, Bruce Ingersoll (guide), Billy Reed, Clark Gregg, Jordie Price. Front row: Leif Welch, Matt White, Duncan Owen, Pierce Loughran, Russell Miller, Michael Tambellini.
The trip traversed several minor fur-trade routes to the Bay.
While camped on a rocky point that held a rotting log cabin, Shoes accidentally
stumbled over a rusted lump of metal. He pulled it out of the soil. On closer
inspection, he realized that he held an ancient flintlock. Unfortunately, he did
not find the barrel, but in the fall he began a long hunt to identify the
flintlock. Finally, in the summer
of '85 an expert at Princeton determined that it was probably a North West
Company trade gun of English origin, dating it around 1770. How's that for
stubbing your toe.
Brian Back, Tattler, 1/86
Back Shoes Toogood
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