Odds and Ends from Our Paddle trip down the
Thomsen River on Banks Island
Bud looks worried. He thinks our guides are lost.
On our trip down the Thomsen we met only two people, two graduate students from the University of Edmonton on a two
month research project. They were walking their canoe up the river.
A rock on top of mammary hill.

Below, another camp site.
Even though the vegetation is small,
walking can be challenging as much of
the tundra consists of round clumps, a
product of the ground freezing in the
Lenticular clouds caused by high arctic winds.
This is Robert, a high school teacher from the San Francisco Bay area who came out on the charter plane to Banks
Island with us to hike across the park. An amazing feat, carrying an eighty pound backpack.