Elk Island Challenge

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Trail 11 of 11 complete! We're done!

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Freya looks confident as we set out on the final trail from the Tawayik Lake picnic area.

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It was a warm sunny day.

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This is the gate that we will triumphantly return to in roughly two hours.

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Full of pride and facing what we now consider a short walk of 4.6 km, Freya is full of smiles... but one last adventure lies ahead.

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Another hiker pasted us on her return journey and warned us of a bison ahead on the trail. Soon enough, we found him walking ahead of us in the same direction that we were going. We followed along at a safe distance for a while until the trail forked. Fortunately, he chose the path off to the Shirley Lake trailhead allowing us to continue on our planned course.

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Freya took this picture of a beautiful Elk Island park pond.

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Now, with three quarters of the trail behind us, Freya starts to get a bit excited.

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Freya took this nice picture of her trusty pack-bearer and story teller. Note the manuscript of the Saga of the Volsungs tucked under my arm. We read heavily from this text on many trails to pass the time.

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We are getting close now, and there is a camera man awaiting us just ahead. I don't have any photos of the the celebration that soon ensued, but I will post them when I get them from others. What an amazing girl!

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