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River with Two Names: The Rest of the Story

Eight years after completing our epic descent of the Notakwanon River, four of us (Mark Dykeman, Darren McDonald, Marian Wissink and I) returned to Labrador for two weeks to tackle another river, Mark and Darren in sea kayaks, Marion and … Continue reading

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River with Two Names: My Canoe Got Bigger

Looking over the bow of our canoe, it is much bigger now. We traded our smaller boats for a ride on the Kamutik W from Hopedale to Goose Bay. We traded the calm solitude of the wilderness for the intense … Continue reading

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D14 Paddling portion finished 2day in Hopedale. Foggy cold morning gave ephemeral views. Last night in tents. Ferry south 2morrow. Lovely to explore Hopedale. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=aa5249be-d68b-4d5e-b6cc-387e936854c5&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message … Continue reading

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D13 Hilltop view of islands South reveal shades & hues of blue that we could only imagine B4 2day. High perch beats heat & bugs. Coastal rock swirls & layers. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: … Continue reading

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D12 Loons sing us asleep. Magnificent day. Heat was wearing. We visited snow & 30 degrees C in 2day. Rocks we will never forget were our handrail today. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=06061cb3-92f0-48b0-a86e-052bab4e0fa6&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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D11 Island. Crow & partridge berries. Camping perfect. Oh, there’s a bear. A big bear. A black bear. We leave. It swims. We stay. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=6e7e85e4-e43c-4722-a8c7-88ce19f91ee7&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message … Continue reading

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D10 Spectacular day on the Labrador Sea. Headed out of Adlatok Bay on an oily sea. Headwind in the aft. Sun all day. Campfire. Yum View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=e07d7235-2d75-4fa6-b839-b65a52dca7ab&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this … Continue reading

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D9 Rest, explore, McGyver, bake brownies kind of day. All weather 2day Prepping 4 ocean phase. No audio update conserving sat batt View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=c0958b4f-ca23-4e6d-90f1-f1189526cf07&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat … Continue reading

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D8 Off the Adlatok & camped at the head of Adlatok Bay. Big headwind. Too late to make headway after portage. Weather is cold Brrr View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=cc0aba31-745b-4ae9-8fcf-84edb96f0657&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this … Continue reading

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D7 Almost 2 the Labrador Sea. Halfway over last portage. River w/ two names became river with one name today: Adlatok. Black flies View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=710d5668-7d00-4533-8e4a-58c88d2a2e2d&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: … Continue reading

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D6 you should have seen the boats sliding down the hill to the river…blue, yellow, red with us running behind. Braking gently View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=7729be69-e327-4f5a-a0e3-de884f84df67&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat … Continue reading

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D5. Big day of going to & fro. All boats over our first long portage. 3 trips. 1 more 2morrow. Lots of heat, bugs, & no wind. Rain View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=487e8d67-477c-4127-9e98-a28c0f73ed69&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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D3. Hiding from horrific black flies A large day w/ waterfalls, portages, paddling in/with to the wind. & a small incident where I wear bear spray No bears View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=e15a3878-0a40-40b9-85e5-1580f8a8708e&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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D3. Shapio Hilton. Big day exploring books & crannies of SL. Now camped at N end. Lots of exciting g tailwinds. White caps. Exit Shapio 2morrow. Great day. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=8bd81272-8c8c-438b-aedf-95a6e48dc2aa&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA … Continue reading

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A few days on Shapiro and then big portage back to Adlatok. Miss most of the rapids/portages. Then same plan as before. Super beauty day here. Blue sky. Mtns. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=63f689a7-642e-4dd2-a654-e6487708b7cd&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.comContinue reading

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D2.Stunning beauty as we paddled W. up Shapio Lake to a tributary. Lunch on gravel bar. Easy paddle home in stiff tail wind. 22km View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=9e7fa0bb-8bb6-421f-9ff5-630be287fdca&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message … Continue reading

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Settling in nicely. Camp is gorgeous. We are “Harp-Broken” but adjusting to our new trip plan. Rewarded with great views today View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=43ec6c75-6a15-4976-8b90-6ff12d88c3c5&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 54.928497 … Continue reading

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Flexibility is key while adventuring. New trip start on Shapiro Lake due to socked in conditions over Harp Lake. Thanks Keith! View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=cf4dd89e-21e0-4585-aafb-97425ea2cc51&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 54.928293 … Continue reading

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Hading our from Otter Creek Float Plane Base. Catch ya from the River with Two Names View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=03b16f2b-ebc0-47b3-a85b-83f349036af8&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 53.352442 Lon -60.411458 Do not reply … Continue reading

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River of Two Names: The Team is in Goose Bay

Meet the team. Mark, Darren, Marian, and me. Eating a cone at The A & W in Goose Bay. It’s a tradition. Another tradition is visiting the old Hudson Bay Company Post Museum in NW River. They have great wooden … Continue reading

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Testing the Inreach. Still in St John’s. heading to the Big Land on Wednesday. Congrats to the Tickle Swimmers. View the location or send a reply to TA Loeffler: https://us0.inreach.garmin.com/textmessage/txtmsg?extId=7c667a37-908e-4d23-86cc-ad345e405880&adr=miyu735rowe%40post.wordpress.com TA Loeffler sent this message from: Lat 47.573365 Lon -52.752378 … Continue reading

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A Book Birth Announcement: The Get-Outside Guide to Winter Activities

It’s a book birth announcement. It weighs 14.7 ounces & after 2 years gestation, it is wonderful to finally hold it! It just arrived from the publisher and it’s beautiful. The book, a collaboration with Andrew Foran and Kevin Redmond, … Continue reading

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Everest 3.0: Out of the Fog, Flights to Nowhere, and Seeing the Mountain Blush

It’s been a foggy day here. Reminiscent of many other foggy days. One in particular, where I had a flight to Halifax. We took off in fog and flew almost all the way to Halifax but couldn’t land. We turned … Continue reading

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Five Peak Challenge Complete

Today we completed our “Five Peak Challenge”. We climbed to the highest peak of each country of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It’s been an awesome trip of climbing and road tripping. We’ve climbed the equivalent of about 35 Signal … Continue reading

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Arms Wide Open and Other Lessons I Learned from Jim

Jim Price lived his life with his arms wide open. He met everyone and every experience with a grand hug, a broad smile, and twinkle in his eye. You always knew the moment Jim arrived at any gathering. The energy … Continue reading

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Snow in St. John’s as my Teacher: Life (and Snow) is Precious

The week of Valentine’s Day moves many of us to express our love to those near and dear to us. As well, this week, with our wonderful 45 cm snow fall, had me professing my love for snow days! Today, … Continue reading

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12 Reasons Why I Love Snow Days!

My apologies to all the snow haters but I LOVE snow days and and here’s why… 1) Snow days are like winning the time lottery. They provide an unexpected respite from “life all scheduled” and allow for fun things like … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Xander!

Happy Birthday Xander Man!!! You are growing up so fast!  Happy Birthday from the Great Himalaya Trail.  We’ll try to reach you via satellite phone but in case we don’t…Have fun celebrating and… Happy Birthday!  

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Fellowed

The current edition of Canadian Geographic magazine arrived today and look who I found…there are advantages to having a wardrobe in bright primary and secondary colours! This picture is from the Annual General Meeting of the Fellows of the Canadian … Continue reading

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Out with the Old, In with the New

My last post of 2013. I think it’s only natural to reflect on the old year on New Year’s Eve in order to get ready to welcome the new year. Even Word Press sent me an invitation to reflect by … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All and to All a Goodnight (in a tent)!

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