Planning a Through Paddle on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
No. 2 – It’s Always Been This Way
June 4, 2013
I’ve been re-reading Canoeing With the Cree, by Eric Severeid. Eric (later a to be a major early television journalist) and his schoolmate, Walter Port took it up themselves to canoe from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in 1930.
A couple of passages were relevant to my last post.
Many of the adults in Eric and Walter’s lives discouraged them from trying and feared for their safety-“But our minds were made up. I suppose people try to discourage everyone who starts a trip like ours. You just have to make up your minds you can do it and then go ahead” (Canoeing With the Cree, p. 6). The two were not very experienced with canoeing or camping, but they had determination and a dream.
[On the Red River] Walter sustained an injury to his hand that caused them to have to stay in Fargo for 11 days while it healed. The amazingly kind doctor that treated him told the two “Don’t let anyone, no matter who he is, convince you that your trip can’t be completed. You have youth and strength, and courage too, I hope, and with a little common sense you can do it” (Canoeing with the Cree
, p. 52).
I may not have youth, but I’ve plenty of the rest.