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August 30, 2008

Worst Canoeing trip ever (to date)

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The worst day we've had canoeing was probably on 8/30. At least I think it was then. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking with it for now.

We decided to try Millennium Park itself. We've been to Havey Beach a few times, and investigated Millennium Park (without putting in). But this time we drove the car there to put the canoe in there.

Strike 1: it's a LONG walk from where you're allowed to stop your car to the beach. It's paved, so if we had wheels, it might be easier. But it was quite a chore to get everything from the car to the water.

Strike 2: Dogs. Lots. Of. Dogs. That path is very popular for dog-walkers. And while I don't have anything against dogs personally, Christine is very allergic to them. Shlepping all the stuff back and forth with dogs everywhere you looked didn't do her lungs any favors.

Strike 3: no water. We tried going downstream, mostly because we hadn't been there before. But we ran aground, and I ended up having to get out of the canoe and drag it by the painter to get back to deeper water. So we went upstream. Not much better. Before we could go very far at all, we got word from someone that it was shallow up ahead, so just gave up and went back to the car.

Plus side, we know not to bother with millennium park (at least not for canoeing -- kite flying is a different matter entirely). And on the way back we found another place nearby to put in that looks much nicer. It's right at the bottom of the Long Ditch, so if we ever wanted to do the Dedham Loop proper, we'd know where to start.

Michael 9/22/08

Posted by mlv at August 30, 2008 02:19 PM

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