Broken Blade Esther Zabel

Broken Blade Esther Zabel

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  • I am leaving to become a voyageur because of my father´s terrible accident. If I do not leave to become a voyageur my family may not survive.
  • We have just left St. Annes and are heading out again. The men are very cheerful despite the work, but I am a little bit homesick. Paddling is very tiring work though and we do not take breaks, so to pass the time I have decided to count my paddle strokes until day's end.
  • We have just ran some rapids! It was quite a bumpy ride, and I must admit I was a bit scared, but in the end it was a cause of celebration.
  • We have crossed Lake Superior. It was a very rough ride and we had to stay on shore for two days, but there was certainly enough work to keep us busy. I look forward to Grand Portage. We  tried to take as strait a route as possible but it was a little bit difficult.
  • Grand Portage! I am very exited to be halfway home. I now understand why father signed up every year to be a voyageur instead of choosing to do something more interesting. I see what a wonderful experience it is.
  • I will now be heading home to Lachine with my brigade. I will be happy to see my sisters and parents again. I will probably be signing on again next spring, maybe someday I'll even winter over! I am happy to be a voyageur. I have been through rapids, portaged, and been to Grand Portage. It has been a fun and exiting experience, but I will be glad to return home to my old chores.
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