13 Fort Simpson
Trip Start May 04, 2009
23Trip End Oct 15, 2009
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After a quick shower in the morning (luxury) and breakfast cereal with fresh picked Saskatoon berries, we ferried the Mackenzie River and headed towards Fort Simpson (originally named Fort of the Forks) where the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers meet. The sky is still a little hazy but the expected rain will hopefully clear the horizon again
The Liard River is huge and is fed by many other rivers, including the Nahanni, but is still much smaller than the mighty Mackenzie River that pours out of Great Slave Lake. Fort Simpson, with a population of six-hundred, is kept alive by the ferry -- most of the town is supported by rich paddlers accessing the numerous rivers via plane (including the Nahanni National Park Reserve).
Also spent last night out -- we ate at the “Sub-Arctic Kitchen” in advance celebration of Cindy’s birthday on Sunday August the ninth. The Chinese food was actually really good (hot ginger beef plus curried vegetables with steamed rice) considering that we are in the far north.
Decided to stay in Fort Simpson only one night -- off again towards the Liard Trail to view the only real mountains in the NorthWest Territories… More updates soon.