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Wolf Print

Updated on July 20, 2014
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I have been banging at the keys again and thought I would stop and share the first chapter of the new trilogy I have started of another Northern adventure and the study of the Wolf and the challenges they face on a daily bases

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Wolf Print

Chapter 1

The Chilling

No matter the time of day or night it reverberated up and down his spine. The mournful cry of the pack rang across the valley floor. “Magnus” the alpha male had a sound all his own, deep distinctive, his pitch and tone ran the full octave of scales. Each call had a message only deciphered by members of the species of the Rocky Mountain Canadian Wolf.

Dan Thaler looked over the expanse of the McKenzie River Valley. The MacKenzie was the second largest river in Canada, its length was recorded as 1080 miles winding it’s way through the Canadian wilderness, eventually draining into the Arctic Ocean. The primary residents along its path were the Slavey Indians who named it Deh-Cho and further north were the Inuit people who called it Kuukpak. Dan reached into his backpack, removed his spiral notebook and wrote June 21st/2013.

We are at the time of Solstice again, how many years have I sat in this vast land and recorded this time of year. No words can give justice to what I see laying before me.

In my morning devotions I read the first verse in the Book of Genesis, verse 1. Though I have read it many times this morning it struck a cord deep within. “The earth was without form and void and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

The power of those words have been with me all day as I look over this magnificent landscape trying to imagine it as being void. How could it possibly have been void when I see nothing but life before me. The cool summer breeze has life, the sounds below have life, all is alive and yet is rarely seen by man. As I walk over this land I am reminded of just how insignificant I truly am here. From the smallest of insects to the largest of mammals I am but one of creation.

Canis Lupus has become my life study. The wolf as he is known to man has been here since God created this wonder. The research I have conducted over the years has taken me deep into the world of this illusive animal. 40 different sub species all over the world and yet this, the Wolf, I have here is the master, the king of his own world. He lives in perfect balance and harmony with what he has been given.

The world has written him into being the hardened criminal of the animal kingdom, it is sad what influence a few written words can have on impressionable minds. Yet I see an entirely different creature. Yes he is a killer, at 175 pounds he can take down his game effectively. The wolf is like any living organism he has to eat as well. His efficiency of consuming all he kills surpasses all. Nothing is left to waste and yet man has condemned him to a lifetime of being hunted.

As I close this day I seek the will of the Father above in the work I do. May He who surpasses all understand guide and direct me. Magnus has called his pack together. It is their time, as I watched the sun dip to the horizon and rise again. His call is pure, haunting and yet with purpose.

It had started at the age of 11, his dad had been a geologist for many years and he would venture out into the remote areas of the north seeking traces of sought after resources. A tall man, lean and weathered from the environment. He would watch with interest as his dad would lay all the supplies on the table slowly packing them into his backpack being careful to check each item off his list. Today was different there were two packs on the table. His mother stood at the kitchen sink wiping her hands on her apron. “Are you sure Ron, he is just a boy.”

His dad reached over and tussled is sons unruly hair. “Yup, we have the makings of a real man here and it is time. Time the boy see what his old dad does for work. He will be fine sweetie.” He reached for his wife Ruth and took her into his arms and hummed a song as they danced across the worn linoleum of the kitchen floor. “Honey you know I love you dearly and well this boy is a gift from above and time he learned the ways of a wilderness man. I will look after him and promise to bring him home safely.” He dipped his wife down and kissed her lips. “Now does that reassure you.”

“Ron, you are a bad one, a girl can never resist your charm. Get packed, your flight will be here before you know it. Make sure you have the Satellite phone with you.”

Dan had waited his entire life to go on adventure with his dad. At last the day was here and the excitement was captivating. Rather than watch his dad walk from the house to the waiting plane today he would be walking beside him. A half hour later he was covered in kisses from his mom as they stepped off the porch and walked towards the old Beaver aircraft. He was about to enter into a world new and foreign to him. His dad carried his old Winchester 30-30 and a 44 magnum handgun. He had his own Mossberg 22 calibre gun. This was a day of triump for him as he waved at his few friends who had gathered. His step was long, his chest thrust out as he looked up at his dad, his mentor and teacher. He had arrived and was ready for anything that came there way.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi purvisBobbi44

      Thank you for following along and I am humbled by your words. The landscape i the far north is unlike any other I have witnessed. Few feel its call but once you see it you understand the calling and grow to become one with it, the creatures it houses and the beauty which surrounds you. Man and wolf are just a part of it and they can live together once each understand the other...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      My mouth is still open--- cannot believe what a great writer you are and I have missed so much.

      I will be back today to read more as I a country girl who loves animals, And, I wish I could see the land you painted with words. This is going to be a great trilogy. I love wolves and I cannot wait to read more.

      Thanks for sharing this it has made my day brighter already. I voted up+++ and sharing with Twitter and repin on my board

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AliciaC... thanks for the visit and I certainly better get busy getting the next chapter up... been falling behind here again.... we are having a snow day here, really early this year...

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting start to your new series, Rolly. I'm looking forward to reading the series very much because it includes wolves. They are one of my favourite animals.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb...

      Thanks for the comment ans so good to see you at the Fireside...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Such a great beginning for the beast that waits in the darkness. I look forward to more, as the wind whispers in the pines.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... as always a blessing to have you stop and say hello... glad you enjoyed the offering... trust all is well with you and yours...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Rolly,

      Wonderful piece. glad to have caught it. Wolves are such beautiful creatures. Thanks for a wonderful read. Looking forward to more.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Bravewarrior... thanks for the comment and understanding the danger we have in losing the wolf . There has been such a great deal of research both positive and negative over the years, yet spending time with them as I have there is a connection and a balance with nature they have which is hard to explain. Are they to be respected... certainly... are they wild... most definitely. They are an amazing creature.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper...

      As always the Fireside is brightened by your smile and positive words. The Wolf does need a voice as I do believe he is one of the most misunderstood animals of our time. I have spent enough time in the North to have been blessed to watch him in his or her daily routine to say these animals are nothing like they are portrayed. It is sad to think they are so persecuted.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hello Perspycacious...

      Welcome to the Fireside and thank you for the comment, much appreciated.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... good to see you and I agree. Adventures like young Dan went on are adventures of a lifetime. I was blessed to have had some of those as a child... Thanks for stopping in and blessings to you and yours...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Whidbeywriter... always a pleasure to have you stop and say hello and yes it has been sometime since I have been around. Excuses are limited but I am here for the time being anyway...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... as always your kind words are a blessing to read... Thank you for being an inspiration yourself. Keep Olympia safe...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, I look forward to this series. The wolf is a majestic creature, some species of which are in danger of becoming extinct because of man's over-hunting. I'm looking forward to the bond that develops between father and son, human and wolf.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rolly,

      I am so excited for you on this new Trilogy of the study of the Wolf. How interesting! Excellent read.

      Up and more and away

      Blessings always

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Good start, and that is what it takes.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      After reading --- I am that boy man and already to climb into that Beaver. The Sky is the limit!!

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      Mary Gaines 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      I am so excited to read more....as always you capture your audience very nicely here. So good to be back...God Bless!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a writing machine and one of my inspirations, Rolly..and I mean that in all seriousness. Well done my friend. Sending you hugs and blessings from sunny Oly.

      bill