Accompanied by his son's trusty sheepdog, Tops (Spot in reverse), Edelmann would show me the finer points of high-sticking on a fairly remote and trail-less
section of the river.
It would mean wading through up to two feet of water, into a trail-less
expanse of the country's wildest wetlands--and shaking scary images of swamp things that had been planted in Butcher's brain for years.
Our 40-mile, partly off-trail route takes us past silvery blue Garnet, Thousand Island, Davis, and Marie lakes with the majestic Ritter Range as a backdrop, as we seek out the trail-less
Paul Bonesteel, who wrote and directed a fine 2002 documentary of Masa's life called The Mystery of George Masa, gives some sense of the burdens Masa bore and the often trail-less
terrain he traversed during the decade-and-a-half or so he roamed the wilderness.
Days later, I take one more glance at the tattered napkin, stuff it in my pocket, and step farther into the trail-less