I became a voyageur because my dad couldn't do it, and they needed someone to do it. I had to leave behind my family. I needed to learn all this stuff for when I get older, anyways.
My arms are aching, my back is sore, and my hair is plastered to my temples with sweat. My brigade laughs at me sometimes because I don't know a lot of stuff for what to do. I am sad because I left my family and I'm not homesick.
My brigade and I went into the rapids, then we did the portage. I wanted to carry the same amount as everyone else and when I did, I fell into the water and every one laughed at me.
When we where crossing Lake Superior their was very bad weather. When we were crossing there were sometimes that I thought that the canoe was going to break because of the huge waves and the strong winds.
When we got to Grand Portage they split us up in 2 groups. The first group was people that are wealthy. The second group was the people that are hard workers. They did this because the people would fight about it or even kill about it.
I am returning home but, I will sign on again next spring. I am returning home because I want to see my family again. When I was a voyageur we had to build, prepare shelter, gather firewood, hunt, and prepare food for everyone.