"The summer—no sweeter was ever;
The sunshiny woods all athrill;
The grayling aleap in the river,
The bighorn asleep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness;
The wilds where the caribou call;
The freshness, the freedom, the farness—O God! how I’m stuck on it all"
By Jörgen Johansson
|Overlooking the Ross River in 2011 after wet and sweaty slog through thick brush, the sky finally showing some blue, after days of rain.|
While putting the finishing touches to the new edition of my book Vandra Fjäderlätt I suddenly realized it was time to go back. Not to the river, but to the bushwhacking slog through an unpeopled land, where few people would (be stupid enough to) walk.
|Camp on the Ross River. While having breakfast a young moose forded and swam across the river 30 meters behind me, before panicking and returning when noticing me|
This area has been described as "an area of mountains, plateaus, deep canyons, boreal forest and alpine tundra. This is home to Dall's sheep, mountain goats, woodland caribou, moose, black bears, grizzly bears and wolves. Wolverine, weasels, martens and snowshoe hares are also native to the area. Terns, falcons, bald eagles, golden eagles and the endangered trumpeter swan nest in the protected hills and lakes. The Nahanni Karst and the Ram Plateau are considered to be globally significant areas."
|The houses to the lefe is Nahanni Butte, the river is the South Nahanni. To reach the Ram Plateau is pretty easy, you let someone ferry you across the river a bit upstream, past the promontory on the right bank. Then you walk for a 100 kilometers.|
It is time to go for a walk.
If you want to have a look at Ram Plateau and the Nahanni Karst you can always search for photos. Here are a handful of nice ones: http://www.pbase.com/jackie_zinger/image/132728272