to the Torngat Mountains
10: Saturday, August 18
Between the Nakvak and the Korok
The day starts on
a pleasant note: we sight the female wolf Bruno spotted the
previous evening, walking downstream on the other side of
the river, while we eat breakfast. She would look at us, take
a few paces, sniff the ground and look up at us again. I manage
to get off four shots with my camera, but really only have
hope for the last one-the sun was finally high enough to permit
enough light through the 210 mm lens (1/250 second).
We would end up doing
only eight kilometres today, but eight tough kilometres
After breaking up
camp, we head toward the distributary leading to the Nakvak.
Again, we leave a small cache near the camp site and start
off on a long, uphill hike. We pause at a lake perhaps midway
between the Nakvak and the Korok, then continue on. The last
couple of kilometres are rough downhill through brush and
rocks. Bruno and I are too far ahead and going too fast to
see the large, adult black bear that passes between Normand
and Lisette. The latter had a bit of a scare, thinking the
bear was much closer to Normand than it actually had been.
Finally, we arrive
at the Nakvak River thoroughly done in, but not too tired
to fish. Three of us catch several small brook trout until
Bruno lands a nice-sized landlocked char. I become extremely
frustrated at hooking two char, back to back, and losing both;
the first jumped and jumped until it shook free, while the
second managed to get away after a couple of minutes of fighting.
I'll have more chances tomorrow, I tell myself.
Dead tired now. Sleep shouldn't take too long to come.
bottles of wine
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