Northern Tier: Training Day 3

June 4, 2013 in Northern Tier

Great news, today was not as boring as I thought it would be! In fact, we worked so hard yesterday on work projects that they gave us an even greater "project" this morning. We were assigned to check for leaks in the voyageur canoe. In case you don't know what that is, it is a huge 11 man canoe that the voyageurs used in the late 17th century on their fur trapping missions. (Pictures coming later, I need to track down the guy that has them). Basically we crammed 11 staffers into this giant canoe and paddled around the islands on Moose Lake for 2 hours. I didn't think I'd get on the water till next week so this was a great surprise, and even some staffers who have been here for years haven't gotten to take that canoe out. But the coolest part of the whole canoe voyage was that one of the island had Eagle's nests in them. As we paddled by, four bald eagles, three adult and one juvenile, flew right over our canoe. It was really awesome.

After lunch they gave us a real work project and we spent the afternnon filling in potholes in the gravel road with gravel. Not much to talk about there.

Tommorow, everyone finishes up their Wilderness First Aid so we can continue with the other training. Also tomorrow we do our swim tests. Luckily, we get to go into town to the local high school pool instead of swimming in the 40 degree waters of Moose Lake.

I'm having a great time. See you all in August!