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.





Ancient Flintlock

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



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