Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8/21/13 The Back-Up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

                Today should have been the day that our group of 14 entered the Grass River and began what is to be a 32 day journey full of canoeing, portaging, camping, rationing, learning, and growing. Unfortunately due to objective risks, mainly the wind causing too many waves, we were not able to get on the water this morning. Although we were not able to start on the Grass River today we did not waste any time, and turned a would be wasted day into one full of lessons.
We started off with learning about thermoregulation which was taught by Andrew. As we go further on our trip and experience the cold that the Boreal Shield will produce we are going to be able to use what Andrew has taught us, and know how to keep warm. We went from one lesson to the next and it was time to learn all about, “What can hurt you, make you sick, and kill you”. As we went over objective and subjective risks we were able to find out what we need to look out for on our journey so that we can all come back in one piece.  As we continued on with our day we were able to get a real glimpse of our surroundings, and walk through the Boreal Forest. This was in large part because of Elizabeth who was teaching us about edible and medicinal plants. As we stepped into the forest we were surrounded by coniferous trees, moss floors, and a group of students willing and waiting to learn. We were sent on a scavenger hunt, and explored the wilderness that was surrounding us. We moved onto our next lessons taught by Tyler and Shane and we now know the basics of reading maps and using our compasses.
As the day passed on and the sunlight turned to moonlight we once again came together as a group; we spoke about our ups and our downs, things to improve on, the good and the bad. As night approaches we are all hopeful that we can leave the Cranberry Portage Campground and head out onto the unknown and begin our new adventure upon the Grass River. If all goes as planned then ECOEE 2013 will see all of you in the blog world in about 32 days!
“Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress; adventure.”
-Cassandra Roy

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