- Oct 24, 2012
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I've been dealing with fear of the dark with my grade school son. I was surprised to learn that overstimulation is part of the problem. The mind doesn't know what to do with itself when it is time to shut down. Meditating really helps him. It might help in the woods, especially a noting exercise where you listen to the night sounds. It takes some practice for it to work. I found the more I listen and understand the less scary it is.
I normally take a book and harmonica when I go by myself. I take more time for pictures. I tend to travel more and stay busier too.
Of course part of the fear is rational. I felt my safest when traveling with a dog. My experience is the dog wakes up when human companions don't.
Practically my biggest problems have always been with other people. If I'm by myself I keep a low profile and avoid places where there will be large groups of people.
And I encourage you if you're taking a trip and don't want to go solo post it. I imagine most of us don't get out as much as we'd like to.
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As to the topic, a lot of members here paddle alone according to our latest poll on the subject:
How often do you go out alone in a solo canoe or just the two of you in a tandem canoe vs. paddling with at least a two boat group? Let's say in the past 10 years of your paddling career, because these things change over time. In my serious whitewater days I was always with a group, often as...
I've done many things in life mostly alone, especially as an only child living summers on a Maine lake with my grandparents, so paddling alone was always natural. I've never been as bored paddling as I've often been at home or at work many times in life. The things that bore me at home and work—such as kitchen chores, phone calls and meetings—I affirmatively and gladly avoid when on a paddling trip.