Saturday, March 13, 2010

Things I Learned From a Canoeing Trip

- There is nothing quite like watching the sun rise over a steaming river or set over a calm one dotted with lily pads.

- Morning Chorus of birds greeting the day is enthralling

- Fatigue hits after 5 miles, but at least another 20 is possible

- You only remember you are tired when they say you're stopping soon

- River Otters are awfully cute

-PFD's (personal flotation devices) keep you warm at night

- Starting a fire is a good way to start the day

- Steer into the wind
and
- Slice the wind with your paddle

- Its amazing to stand "out in the ocean" during low tide and look at the stars

- You go twice as far when the paddlers have similar strength level

- Teamwork is essential

- I think I should paddle a canoe with someone before ever agreeing to marry them

- Its hard to wash off charcoal

- Being a week free of mirrors was healthy

- Showers are not a necessity. You can live a week without one...I did.

- Smell of pitch wood is heavenly

- Manatee's don't move much

- Bandanna's are very useful and multi-functional

- One can either be aware of the nature and beauty around them or not

- Its easy to forget about the rest of the world when out on the river

Lastly...

- I want to go again

3 comments:

Christy Joy said...

Wonderful lessons! I liked all of them!

Elwyn Garaza said...

Enjoyed the insights (almost) as much as it sounds like you enjoyed the canoe trip. Thanks!

Jonas said...

Heather,

Cool insights. I can relate to many of them. Sounds like an awesome trip!