Since dad cut off his thumb, he can´t make money. I´m going to become a voyageur to make money for my family. If I do that, then I won´t be able to see my family, but I'm still going to do it.
I went and said goodbye to my friends at school. At the dock when I was getting into the boat, some of the guys were making fun of me. It hurts to paddle this long, but I try to mark each pull to take my mind off the pain. I found a friend, my old classmate Emile Duval. Father should be here, not me.
We made it past some rapids, but we can make it past this one. We had to portage the canoes and all are stuff past the rapids. My bag full of musket balls was heavier than all the rest of the bags. We came had a great time at the Kettle Dance. When we came to one of the hard rapids, we got stuck and another canoe almost hit us. La Londe saved us, but took his own life.
My crew wanted to cut right through Michipicoten. There was white caps on the lake and the canoe started to slid everywhere.The waves are getting taller. The water started to leak in the canoe, but we made it to the island. There was a big fight at the island and La Petite knocked out Beloit.
We all got dressed up and cleaned. We all got to sleep in well after dawn, so that was good. When he rounded Hat Point and I saw the fort. It felt so good to punch Beloit right in the stomach. Charbonneau introduced me to Mukwa. Mukwa is the chief here. Charbonneau invited me for dinner at the chief's wigwam. The chief's daughter is pretty and she is nice. Kennewah asked me if I like her, so I said yes, then see said to pick berries with her.
We have to leave. I don't want to leave, but at the same time I want to go home and see my family. The weather held up while we paddled across Lake Superior. Charbonneau told me the Tale of the Lost Child. The ride home went very fast. The whole voyage I felt like he would never get home and it felt like years. I was happy to see everyone again, especially my family.