Thanks and more thanks!
I was warned before the trip that if all went all, hospitality might be the only thing to hold us back from getting to Lake Superior on time. It very well could have been true! I hope this gives you a taste of what real Canadian hospitality is all about, and a sense of the kind people we met along the way.
To Mountain Equipment Co-Op for their generous support and encouragement
To Gary Simon at Thunder Rapids Lodge, in Saskatchewan, for helping us around the Tobin Lake Dam.
To Barry and Kate, in Kenora, for putting us up, helping out, and providing advice along the way.
To Zenon and family in Prince Albert, for so much help and friendliness-- for the bike, the gear-storage, finding a ride for Erich and calling the newspaper.
To the Air Canada mechanics at Lamprey rapids: thanks for the laughs, the fresh cucumbers and peas and the drinks. And for everything else you offered that we couldn't find a way to use.
Thanks to the stranger at Opapiskwa campground who left us fresh drinking water.
To the Polish family who helped us lift our gear-laden boat over some rocks (for the world's shortest portage) at the end of a very long day.
To the owner of North Star Village Resort, in Minaki, who didn't charge us a dime, let us sleep in a screened-in porch, and let us use the showers.
To the lady on the Rainy River who let us sleep on her lawn when we couldn't find anywhere else to camp.
To the gentleman on the North Saskatchewan River who gave us special "reverse osmosis" drinking water.
Thanks to the two Manitoba Hydro workers who gave Erich a motor boat ride back to retrieve a bag forgotten at the last portage, saving us 3 hours of extra paddling.
And to the hydro workers who we met in the middle of portaging over a dam--thanks for ignoring the "no trespassing signs" and stopping to chat instead.
Thanks to the Thunder Bay judge who we met cottaging on Lake of the Woods, who gave us fresh pickerel and offered beer at the end of a long day.
Thanks to the two guys near Cumberland House who offered us their 'tin box' cabin to stay in.
To the same guys, for offering to put us and our canoe in their motorboat, so we didn't have to 'paddle all the way to Cumberland House."
Thanks to the gentleman from the My Canadian Canoe Routes forum who helped us out financially.
Thanks to the border guards at International Falls who chose not to make our lives miserable.
To Dave and Mike in Winnipeg, for picking us from the train station, putting us up and driving us to the River.
To the kind campers at the campground on Gunflint Lake who let us squat on their 'waterfront property.'
To the Quetico Park office attendant who gave us special, written permission to stay overnight in the abandoned buildings of the old Quetico Ranger Station. Funny joke there.
Thanks to Angela's parents for coming to Rocky Mountain House and for being so supportive. Thanks for food shopping for us and making last minute store runs!
Thanks to my parents for all their support, for updating the blog, for helping Erich get down from the Yukon, and for not blinking an eye when I told them I was going solo.
Thanks to Karl for being part of the support crew, sending out food boxes, and then for rearranging his whole summer to come paddle.
To Jay Morrison for being so encouraging, and offering advice based on his experience of paddling parts of our route.
A special mention goes out to Rudy, the 64 year old canoeist we met heading towards Kenora, finishing a trip he'd started 29 years ago. I hope you made it safely!
Whew. I'm sure there are more, but this is getting long! I hope I didn't miss anyone important.