pooks, dents and your humble rider head out to blachford lake lodge for
the easter long weekend. the resort sits at the west end of
remote 17 kilometre long blachford lake, just north of the east arm of
great slave lake. accommodations for 35 include 5 rustic but comfortable
log cabins and a main lodge with full bathroom facilities.
30-31 Mar 07
we have an early departure on friday, 30
mar...everyone meets at the pook range and we are on the trail by 10 am.
the trail system from town to reid lake is hideous and it is slow moving
on the portages between lakes. we stop at reid lake campground for a nice
lunch and are back on the trail again by 1300hrs. we reach blachford lodge
about 1530 hrs....enuf time for jim, charles and l to dump our gear, fuel
up and head for the thor lake mine.
the thor lake deposit found along the
east arm of great slave lake contains several rare and strategic metals
that include beryllium, yttrium and gallium used in hybrid cars and
electronics such as computers, cell phones and televisions. the deposit
exceeds US$5 billion and a toronto-based exploration company says it is
poised to become north america's only source for the growing rare metals
and minerals market.
the snow hading to the mine is fabulous
and easily waist deep in places. we hit the mine site in about 20
minutes...the last time jim was here was 20 years ago. a quick ride and we
are on the hearne channel, great slave lake. we celebrate my belated
birthday with guiness!
we arrive back at the lodge at
1830....right on time for lamb, char and great company. it is an early
nite and l sleep well....apparently l miss the expeditor's helicopter
taking off outside my window in the morning.
the ride back is slow.....but is warm and
by the time we are back saturday afternoon it is +7c.
all in all, it was a great trip and l am
glad l am here in these circumstances.....l was almost out here for the
crash on the lake in front of the lodge on 03 jan 07.
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jim and robin enroute to blachford lake lodge....robin driving
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