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Introduction and History
|Below is another picture, with me in it.
It is a beautiful spot, less than thirty feet from the Susan River. It is also where a desperate scenario played itself out a hundred years ago and where a man died the loneliest death one could ever imagine. If Elson had not succeeded in his struggle to reach Grand Lake, the bodies of the three of them would likely never have been found and it would be a long forgotten mystery today. No one, except for adventurers like Hubbard and Wallace, me today, and the Innu in the past, go into Labrador in the summer time, because of the flies. These remote areas of Labrador have been trapped in the wintertime for centuries, with dogsleds going up and down the river valleys. No one, however, would ever have seen their bones under the deep snow cover.
Little had changed compared to the picture to the left taken by Wallace in 1913 (© Canadian Heritage Information Network). The sub arctic climate results in trees only increasing in size by about 2 inches in 100 years. Compare the trees just visible to right hand side of the rock in Wallace’s picture, to the trees in the photos taken in 2003. (Go to Page 23)