The segment between Oxford Lake and Knee Lake is called Knife Rapids. We made it over the rapids pretty quickly and thought we had done a great job, but when we brought the canoe up on shore at our campsite that evening we discovered a large scratch and puncture on the stern.
|The leak is right there by the skid plate. It only leaked about a 1/2 cup per hour.|
|This is Mark the caretaker of the North Star Resort.|
The next day we found our way back to the main channel right away! Off we went for a day full of portaging around big waterfalls and running fast rapid sets. We did really well, but all day we were thinking about the last three rapid sets. They are all CIIIs and aren't discussed in much detail by Hap, and they are the last sets before the calm descent to Hudson Bay. We'd been searching for camping until 9PM when we finally reached the first of these final rapid sets. We just had to stop, so we ended up camping in a very small area.
The next day we got up at the crack of dawn to get over the sets and have the rest of the day to float the Hayes. We thought we'd be alright without the spray skirt on the first set because we were planning on getting out of the wave train and not taking on any water. I wasn't paying attention to the water we were taking on in the bow while I was sterning. When we finished the set Natalie said in her calmest voice, "bail as fast as you can." I said, "what?" and looked down in horror at our completely filled boat. We had about 3 inches left, or we would have been under water. It took us about fifteen minutes to get all the water out. The next CIIIs gave us no trouble, and we arrived happily at Whitemud Falls.
|Mud cliffs line the last flush of the Hayes.|
|Wolves. Notice how dark it got all of the sudden.|
|Hudson Bay in the distance and a seal in the foreground.|
|Natalie and Lenny getting ready to brand some paddles. There's a polar bear siting right next to York Factory that you can't see in this picture.|
|Woo! We did it!|
|After the Menogyn Femmes Du Nord (a 50 day canoeing adventure), you brand your paddles with an "M" for Menogyn.|
Here are some of our GoPro videos from the last stretch:
Natalie and I want to thank you all so much for all of your support. We will keep you involved in our presentation schedule and progress with writing a book.
Goodbye for now! Ann Raiho
PS. We raised $3000 for Menogyn! $1500 from the canoe auction and $1500 from your generous donations!!
AND sorry we don't have a song... We would have sung you this one...