|Quiet before the storm|
|Any bears behind the trees?|
|Paula; very well prepared|
|Gavin, always ready to go; Christine, less so it seems|
|After forty kilometers on Dutch ice; From left to right: me, Roelof, also our GP (does he look like an expert on Canadian wildlife, don't think so), Ivan and Michiel|
|Beginning of a great adventure|
|Paula, our spiritual leader and Gavin, captain|
(always wondered how you kept that shirt so clean).
|Ahawi (left) and Niabi, still having fun|
|From left to right: Paula, Niabi, Christine, Jelte, Terry, Ahawi, and Dip ; the captain is on duty|
|Ok, ok, here's one of the captain as well|
So, Gavin, Paula, Nihabi and Ahawi are the experienced ones. Add to the mix Dip, Paula’s husband who couldn’t say no the second time around, Terry a good friend of Gavin's and also super handy (these Canadians know how to set a camp in 5 minutes and light a fire without matches) and Christine and myself and our group is complete. Since our arrival in Canada from Holland, we have been busy trying to collect all items necessary for the trip. Especially, Paula has been meticulously preparing and the number of items needed to secure safe passage through the wilderness is mind-boggling. Wet-bags, power-bars, special bag packs (water resistant), all-weather clothing, mosquito jackets and caps, bug spray, you name it and that’s just the personal stuff. Camping and cooking gear are part of the equipment as well; so are meals. There are no snack bars, nice fish restaurants or cafes on the circuit, only very basic camp sites, so we have to prepare for every meal along the way. Breakfast, lunch, dinner every day times 10. What you take in, you take out, you can’t leave garbage behind. Thirty meals for eight, not on wheels but on water.
|A lot of thought and preparation (also pre-tasting) into every meal...|
|Terry, super teacher|