I ordered two packages of bees back in January, they arrived this past week. Placed them into hives after work with the help of my daughter. I haven't had any hives for a couple of years. The last hive disappeared on me while I was out of town. What does this have to do with canoeing? Not much other than I usually harvest the honey right around Labor Day give or take which is a week or two before my annual 10 day canoe trip up North somewhere.....of course all of my paddling buddies wind up with a big jar. A plastic bottle of fresh honey usually makes it into our food pack along with the makings for biscuits....a lay over day treat. Pretty fascinating little creatures. They maintain a year round internal hive temperature of approximately 93 deg. F. In the Summer if it gets too warm, they will place water into the honey comb cells and then vibrate their wings over it to evaporate and cool hive down.