Saturday, 9 June 2012
Leaving on a jet plane.....
Saturday 9th June – Packing finished, carbohydrate loading completed satisfactorily and lift to the airport agreed.
We have less than 5 days now until we start on the river. The first challenge will be successfully getting through the airport with a 12 gauge shot gun complete with a summers worth of ammunition. Dad insists he has spoken to the police and the airline and that there will be no issues, however to be sure I will be keeping my distance from the gun toting highlander until the gun is safely checked in. The concern is Edinburgh’s answer to John Smeaton will not like the look of him and take it upon himself to tackle Dad to the floor. Hopefully there will be some decent films on the flight, I am concerned if there isn’t, conversations between Dad and I may be exhausted before we arrive in Canada.
We spend two nights in Edmonton, the reason being, there is a requirement for us to personally collect and sign for our air freight and then organise the onward transportation to Hay River. The freight is carried by truck from Edmonton to Hay River. We leave Edmonton on Tuesday morning arriving in Hay River via a 6 hour stopover in Yellowknife on Tuesday evening.
Hay River will be a busy day and a half, the to do list includes – collect our freight which is being delivered to the canoe outfitters, collect our canoe (quite important), buy food, buy fishing gear and enjoy the last night in a bed before ten weeks of camping.
My emotions are currently excitement coupled with apprehension, I’m sure the apprehension will subside however once I am satisfied all our equipment has safely arrived.
Next update will be from the North West Territories where the weather forecast is currently good!