Celeste, can you please get your father? My father has severed his thumb!
My hands are so sore! And the blisters don't help!
This bag is so heavy! Hopefully don't get laughed at because I'm so far behind.
My father severed his thumb, and therefore was not able to do voyageur work. I made a big discision, and signed on to be a voyageur to help support my family. I love my family, and I will miss them very much, but I am old enough to care for myself, and help my family, too.
To pass time while rowing, I counted my strokes. I made it to 2,000 before I stopped. Soon, we hit rapids. LaLonde yelled "Demi- Charge!" and we all paddled as hard as we could. When we reached St. Anne's church, we made an offering and went into the church to pray. I get along with my brigade well enough, I guess, besides when they call me grandpa.
Emile, I can´t believe we made it!
I had a hard experience as a voyageur, mostly because I was the only new voyageur. The hardest part was when we had to do a portage, which is when we carry our packs, rather than face the rapids on the river. I could only carry one pack, but my brigade told me after I finished that it was the heaviest one, by over 100 pounds!
Did the trip go well, Pierre?
Quite well, Doctor Guillard.
My brigade and I loved the nice weather, at least until the sky turned gray and the rain started to fall relentlessly, slapping the lake with water droplets. I got to show off my strength because my hands had finally healed. We all paddled as hard as we could.
I didn´t think I could believe my eyes when I saw Grand Portage in t distance. I was relieved, happy, and excited. I never thought I would make it this far, and now I was having the time of my life! Charbnneau´s friend, Mukwa, has a daughter named Kennewah, and that I would be able to meet her sometime when we had dinner at his home.
I know! It´s still a nice sight to see, even when you have done this for 3 years.
After we set out from grand portage, I was content and happy to be going home. I was super excited that I would finally see my family again. When I went into the backyard, I saw my father chopping wood and had flashbacks of the day that I had signed on to be a voyageur. after greeting him, I went in to greet the rest of my family.