Trip Start Oct 01, 2015
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Our journey through the north was a bit repetitive since we had both done trip before but this time we were on the hunt for a relatively new addition to the legends of Bigfoot, Yeti, and Grizzly Adams- the soon-to-be famous Mountain Man of Temagami
Given the need for speed and the fact that the primary residents of this part of the world are black flies and mosquitos, I was starting to employ the DH method of road tripping, and was just leaning out of the car window to get a photo of yet another really large statue of a native critter of one type or another. We did pay proper homage at the Terry Fox statue that marked the end of his heroic attempt to run across Canada raising money for cancer research (tragically his own cancer had returned to his lungs and he died shortly after having to stop). In this age of undeserving celebrity status, this unassuming Canadian remains a national hero and fundraising runs in his name are held each Sept all over the world.
Another worthwhile stop was in Kapuskasing where a local museum shines a light on a largely forgotten WWI internment camp that seemed less about security and more about forced labour to build northern communities. I'm always reluctant to judge yesterday's actions with today's standards but it does seem a shameful chapter in our history.
Unlike the elusive Yeti, it was relatively easy to track down the Temagami Mountain Man (PFC back in his city days) and his forest fortress
PFC might be singlehandedly responsible for keeping the letter F in the top quarter of the English alphabet and, after leaving, it usually takes a couple of days before we stop using the F word as an adjective. He's still a great story teller and we had a good time visiting with both he and his oh-so-patient girlfriend, Nicole.
Now we’re off to find a wedding.