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    #16
    Smell the pines!

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      #17
      Anyone who says they like portaging is either a liar or crazy. – Bill Mason

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        #18
        Originally posted by Pook View Post
        Anyone who says they like portaging is either a liar or crazy. – Bill Mason
        Neither I like to stretch my legs on a trip

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          #19
          Mr. Mason must've walked far worse portages than me.
          Last edited by Odyssey; 02-13-2020, 11:09 PM.

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            #20
            Use this one when stumped about which way to go. “The road of indecision is paved with flat squirrels”....no idea of source, it just stuck in my head many moons ago.
            Last edited by stevet; 02-14-2020, 08:27 PM.

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              #21
              "Adventure...is adversity rightly considered" by a pioneer Appalachian long hunter

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                #22
                Walt Whitman:
                “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

                I recite this during a graduation ceremony of a trek leader guide training program in the Adirondacks.
                "She's all my fancy painted her, she's lovely, she is light. She waltzes on the waves by day and rests with me at night." - Nessmuk, Forest and Stream, July 21, 1880 [of the Wood Drake Canoe built for him by Rushton]

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                  #23
                  "Hey, a rule is a rule, and let's face it, without rules there's chaos". --Cosmos Kramer

                  I really wanted to find the line by Sigrud F. Olson that was something like "No matter where you go, there you are". However I could not find it and the interweb was no help, they attributed that line to either Confucius or to some movie that I never heard of or watched.
                  All of Will Rogers quotes were good, as are most of Hank's, aka Henry David Thoreau.
                  "All I had were a few flies tucked into the band of my hat and an a old beaten-up Heddon rod, that had been on many trips." Sigurd F. Olson

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                    #24
                    On really long, difficult ports, I'll sing this Rolling Stones song over and over in my head.....

                    I'll never be your beast of burden
                    My back is broad but it's a hurting
                    All I want for you to make love to me
                    I'll never be your beast of burden
                    I've walked for miles my feet are hurting
                    All I want for you to make love to me

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                      #25
                      We always used to say...".hey man, if you're not where you're at, you're nowhere. " ....stoner logic,meaning live in the moment.

                      I will often say things to karin like...." Yaaaargghhh, lay us along side at pistol shot ..." at which point she looks at me all funny like. Other times I will blather at her in Cree or French,.... or lapse into Master Corporal which she has come to grasp a little anyways. Told the GF I was going to recce the campsite and give her a sitrep at the O group later. It took longer to explain than to say it thats for sure...lol.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Iskweo View Post
                        We always used to say...".hey man, if you're not where you're at, you're nowhere. " ....stoner logic,meaning live in the moment.

                        I will often say things to karin like...." Yaaaargghhh, lay us along side at pistol shot ..." at which point she looks at me all funny like. Other times I will blather at her in Cree or French,.... or lapse into Master Corporal which she has come to grasp a little anyways. Told the GF I was going to recce the campsite and give her a sitrep at the O group later. It took longer to explain than to say it thats for sure...lol.
                        I mess around with non-sequiturs, different languages, and sometimes just plain gobbledygook. But as I age I wonder if it's wise to play games using the symptoms of a stroke.

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                          #27
                          Last fall, on Lake Lila, Adirondacks, the trip saying became: "Ah yes... Yes, It's all coming back to me now..." Comes from Inspector Clouseau (Pink Panther) on the parallel bars. HaHa

                          Audio: http://inspectorclouseau.com/sounds/pbars.wav

                          Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzycofSj7EM

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                            #28
                            One of my favorites, from Jerome K. Jerome’s 1889 “The Men in a Boat’. Committed to memory and oft-offered at paddler friend’s wedding ceremonies, with a glass in hand and some enunciation at the end. Never fails to drain some old friend glasses.

                            “Let your boat of life be light,
                            packed with only what you need
                            a homely home and simple pleasures,
                            one or two friends, worth the name,
                            someone to love and someone to love you,
                            a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,
                            enough to eat and enough to wear,
                            and a little more than enough to drink;
                            for thirst is a dangerous thing”

                            Or, as everyday lifestyle instruction, this from Peter A Jay; local naturalist, journalist, paddler, philosopher, gentleman farmer and family man:

                            “Spend as much time as possible
                            on mountains, in small boats,
                            or otherwise outside in the weather;
                            if you never get wet, cold, exhausted or scared,
                            you won’t properly appreciate
                            being warm, dry rested and safe”

                            As a succinct, non-paddling life instructional quote I am most fond of Thomas Edison

                            “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”

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                              #29
                              Here is one I think about when being wishy washy about going on a trip. It is attributed to Christopher Columbus:

                              "the difference between you and I is that I went."

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                                #30
                                "For me, it takes only a few days of living--in the open--on the land, before I become enveloped by a sense of quiet exhilaration. It is as though the very power of the earth and the wind penetrate to my soul, and I truly never feel so free, so strong, and so alive, as when I am paddling down a wilderness river. If the wind can be unceasing, so can we. If the rapids provide challenges, we can meet them"

                                From Three Seasons in the Wind by Kathleen Pitt and Michael Pitt

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