Canoe Trips

** Hey everyone: I just gotta say this: if you want to start taking canoe trips, yay! Go for it. BUT. Please do not go on a "back country" trip in Algonquin Park (or anywhere) without first learning how to stern a canoe!! Canoes are not steered by switching paddles back & forth from side to side by one or more canoe paddlers, the way one sees some would-be canoeists do. There is technique involved, & it's called the J-stroke. I mean this. You don't want to get caught in some bad weather, not knowing how to make your canoe go where you want/need it to go. Okay? Please learn how to stern before you take on more than you can properly handle. You'll be soooo glad you did!

The crazier things get, the more I crave Nature time. Here's a list of my canoe trip postings, so I can locate them easily when I need reminding. As is made clear in one of them, the picture at the top of this blog is from a lake in Algonquin Park where I go camping every summer with some very special friends.

Sure have had some awesome, awesome, awesome times while out on one canoe trip or another...

** please note: (most of) the internal links inside these old postings no longer work, since this blog was re-located from its original spot. Sorry about that! It's frustrating, for sure... (links to EXternal material DO still work. All my old postings can be located by using the link way down at the bottom of the main page, the Archive of past writings).


Relevant quotes

“The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man.” – Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (1861-1929)

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains. – Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)

10 Reasons Why You Feel So Good in Nature

Quick YouTube on Nature (like, a minute long, I think??)