By Lawrence Millman

When trip author Lawrence Millman and his Inuit partners set out for an uncharted island off the coast of the Canadian Arctic, their engine on their boat dies and so they locate themselves marooned. So Millman does what each self-respecting adventurer may do - he units out to discover. the following, during this short-form e-book, is his dramatic tale of survival.

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So I occupied myself with my journal. If I ever get out of this mess, I wrote, I’m going to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. ” Qungujuq asked me. ’” Lack of sleep was making me testy. “Human beings don’t have roots,” I snapped at him. ” Three days later, the wind moderated to a mere breeze with astonishing abruptness, as if it had suddenly grown tired after such a prolonged display of its muscle power. ). It was early evening, and a sort of ethereal hush had fallen on the world. There was a soft pink marbling in the clouds - solar iridescence.

In the sunlight, it looked a lot more colorful than it’d looked the previous evening. Here and there, I noticed delicate Arctic wildflowers - purple saxifrage, Lapland rosebay, moss-campion, Arctic cinquefoil, dwarf hawksbeard, mouse-ear chickweed, and buttercups - rising bravely from, it would appear, solid bedrock. Gossamer tufts of arctic cotton swayed to an imperceptible breeze. A brilliant patch of Yellow Lichen (Cetraria tilesii) exploded from its dour limestone host, and an equally bright yellow butterfly was flitting busily from flower to flower.

So we were not only lost, but marooned, too. I’d been marooned once before, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, and while I hadn’t exactly enjoyed that experience, at least I knew I’d eventually be picked up by a passing fisherman. Maybe I was taking my cue from my companions, who weren’t at all panicky, or maybe the true nature of our predicament hadn’t sunk in yet, but I wasn’t overly worried. I told myself: You’re not dead until you’re dead, and besides, you were the one who had the bright idea to go to a place that’s not on the map.

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