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June 11 2005

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Another milestone reached, at 19:26 we passed the border into Saskatchewan as we lifted their flag on our starboard spreader on our way to the Sand Dunes Park.  It has been awhile since we have had waves. The lake is about 200 miles long and about 35 miles wide with channels and rivers to even more water. We are going slowly at 4.5 mph as we are light on the throttle and the wheels slowing us down. We traveled about 24 hours a day while we were on the lake. We didnít have to chart ahead of us now so there is time to get in naps during the day. It is a beautiful area as we are on the Canadian Shield with granite everywhere giving a rugged look to the landscape. We took the north shore to the sand dunes and returning on the south shore as our wind is coming from the north.

As far as crew Dave Schofield, Tex, and Grete are back with us again, mainly with the muskrat. Corinne and Gladys have been spoiling us with food. And to add to that we have been buying fresh fish as it is being brought past our boat right from the commercial net. We had a delicacy of pickerel cheeks the other night and pickled ones as Maxine Bourke (fisherman Steve's wife) gave us a great tour of the area in the local college van. Jason Fimrite, Troy Fimrite, John Laninga, and Kurt Fink are also here in addition to the Gray boys.

The boating culture is a little different as they have barges here but only occasionally do they haul a load with a tug from somewhere like Fort McMurray. Generally the river guys stay on the river and the lake guys stay on the lake.

The population in town here is 1200 and stays quite constant. The people here have been so generous and helpful. They have opened their homes and offered us so much hospitality. Several have offered information about the lake, rivers, and where to go.