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September 07, 2008

Yet another new category post

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This time, canoeing.

If you're wondering, I've got a running gag of sorts going on here. That is, the disproportionate number of posts that solely introduce a new category.

When I was a kid, we'd go up to Canada for our vacation every summer. We had a canoe, and I spent a lot of time in it. There's something about getting out in a canoe on a glassy smooth lake early in the morning.

Now fast forward to about a decade ago, my brother invited me out to the Adirondacks to go canoeing. It didn't start well; my first step in the canoe caused it to capsize! But after that, we were more careful (and I was always the first one in the canoe!), and I had a lot of fun canoeing.

Fast forward again to 2-3 years ago; up at St. Xenia Camp, they have canoes there, and when I'm not running the store (at that time, probably doing inventory), I would go canoe a bit.

Back in July my family and I happened to drive by a canoe rental place, and stopped to investigate. It seemed like it would be something nice for us to do as a family. A few days later, we went to Norumbega Park and rented a canoe there. We just went downstream for a ways, ate a picnic lunch, then went back.

It was so nice that we started watching Craigslist for canoes. We almost bought a nice one for about $600 until saner minds prevailed, and we got a cheap Gazelle Kennebunker with paddles for $200. The guy who sold it said it was 60 lbs, but frankly if it weighs 60 lbs, then I weigh 180 (trust me, I don't). The canoe is, as we put it, a "starter canoe". We're hoping to get a better (lighter) canoe next year. When we do, my wife wants to use this canoe as a planter.

We had to spend some money outfitting. We got some life jackets (oops, sorry. Gotta learn the new terminology: "PFD"s), some cushions (both PFD cushions and thin seat cushion types), and a dry bag.

We've been canoeing mostly in Norumbega Park and Dedham on the Charles River.

Later (some time in the next couple years :)) I'll post some details of specific trips.

Michael

Update: there are some posts back-dated to August so my canoeing posts can be properly date-stamped.

Posted by mlv at September 7, 2008 08:01 PM

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