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one narrator

2 scouts

1 one Indian

One day scouter Allen ( camp chief ) and scouter Bob ( assistant camp director ) decide to get away from it all and move to the Yukon ....

as the story goes , they sell everything and pack up for a long trip to the Yukon by canoe

finally arriving in a sheltered valley they decide that this is the place for them

Allen : nice place , lets build a log cabin

Bob : yeah

so they build a cabin

after all that work , they have a nice log cabin to survive the harsh weather of the north now fall is at the door .....

Allen : nice cabin

Bob  : yeah

Allen  : winter is coming ,,,, we need to cut firewood

Bob : yeah

So they start cutting wood with ax and saw .... they work all day for a week.... hard work ...cut 5 cords , 10 cords , 15 cords ......neatly piled as good scouts know how...

Allen : hey Bob think we have enough ???? for the winter...

Bob : yeah , I don`t know

Allen :I heard that there is an old Indian on top the mountain that can tell what winter is like here , lets go and see him ...

Bob : yeah , ok ...

So they pack up and start the long trek to the top of the mountain , through the woods , rivers , mud , rain , walk for 2 days , encountering bears , mountain lions , cats , chickens ( wild variety ) and finally arrive at the top of the mountain where they find an old Indian sitting on a rock .

Allen : going up to the Indian ,,,, says oh Great One I was told that you you can tell us how the winter will be .... Please help us ... we are from the south and we had oil .....

Bob : yeah

The Indian get up and goes to the edge of the mountain , looks around ,,, putting his hand to his brow looks straight in front of him and says :

Indian : cold winter , long winter .....goes back to his rock ....

Allen : thank you wise Indian ....

Bob : yeah , thanks ..

So they turn back to their cabin , through hills , rivers , lakes , meeting strange animals like horned toads , skunks ... goat and sheeps ... and finally get back to the cabin 3 weeks later ..... dirty and wet ,,, probably took a wrong turn at the moose coming back .....

Allen : I do not think that we have enough wood for the winter... let`s cut more....

Bob : yeah , yeah....

So for the next two weeks , they cut wood .....20 more cords ....now they had 35 cords .....and the snow started falling in the valley .....and it was cold...

Allen : Now we have 35 cords ... this should be good for winter ...

Bob : yeah

Allen : we should go and see the Indian to ask him how the winter will be ....

Bob : yeah

So again the trek up the mountain in the snow , and rain ....after 4 days finally get to the Indian sitting on his rock on the top of the mountain .....

Allen : Oh Great One ... how will the winter be ....

The Indian gets up ,, goes to the edge of the mountain ... looks around .... puts both hands to his brow ,,,,,,and says : Cold winter , cold winter ,,,,, long winter ......

Bob : Oh yeah....

Allen : thank you Great One .....

So back to to camp they go , snow is falling more and more ....now it is November ....

Again they cut wood , day and night .... now they have cut 25 more cords ... 60 cords in all ...

Allen : I think this should be plenty for the winter ... but we should see the Indian to be safe ...

Bob : yeah ....

So again they trek up the mountain for the third time ...scouter Allen and Bob...

passing through bushes, horny toad lairs, a sasquatch and two

buffalo herds, they went up the mountain.

All tired and sore from their encounters, finally ,5 days later , they got to top of the mountain where the old Indian covered with snow sitting on his rock as usual ......

Allen : Oh Great One , tell us one more time ... what will the winter be like........

Bob : yeah ...

Again the indian gets up goes to the edge of the mountain and putting his hand to his brow ...

says : .... Big winter , very big winter ......

Allen : Oh Great One tell me how you know this ...because of the mountains ,,, the animals ...I want to learn how to read signs of nature ....

Bob ; yeah ....

The Indian turning to Allen and Bob ......says ...

Easy I look down in the valley , and from here , I can see two white men cutting and piling wood like crazy .......

And I understand it to be ta true story <G>		

Camp Tamaracouta scout reserve 1995 ,

(contributed by)

Michel Presseau , Arrowhead Scout Troop