Summer of Overnighters

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My wife and I are trying to break her boy into the joys of canoe tripping. Rather than turn him off him with big trips, like I did to my own son, we have been taking him on a few overnighters. Easy paddling distances, nice campsites. We are off on Tuesday for another one. The weather has been pretty iffy so far, so we try to catch the good weather.

Couple of weeks ago we went up to Burrows lake, where we had our honeymoon last year. Took the 20 footer so we could bring a load.


Upon arrival, we were greeted with quite a mess. It is a Crown Lake site, but the stuff in the fire pit wasn't from the locals.


The rest of the site was in a similar state of disgrace. We started cleaning up right away, bagged up a couple of garbage bags to go out. Felt a lot better once things were tidy, with proper wood cut and split for the night.


It was so nice that day, that we decided just to stay around camp and enjoy the beach. There is a big sand bar that we just waded out onto and fished from. Of course, my wife was the chief catcher again, even if it was just pike.


The old guy got skunked, despite beating the water up pretty good.


Junior had the right idea, he just sat down and fished.


The wind came up and blew all night, so I got everyone up at six, cooked breakfast and took off. Had to contend with some three foot rollers on the way back, but we stuck close to shore and had a good paddle.

We were out a couple of nights later, and the weather was typical of this summer, sun behind us, monster storm brewing in front of us.


Going to do a review of our new family tent when we get back from the next trip, the Eureka Taron 6.
 
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Gosh I love that first photo. Those happy faces pretty much says it all. Your 20 footer still dwarfs your load. It must be like tripping with a station wagon, room for everything! Nice.
The before and after photos of the site makes the heart glad.
Looking forward to the tent review.
Thanks memaquay.
 
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Nice work! You're giving the kid just enough to chew on. And you're setting a great example, too, by cleaning up the mess. I'll wager he'll be doing week-long or longer trips in just a few years. And the confidence he gains will make him a leader among his peers
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Great looking times. I liked that pic of Junior being "one" with the fish and sitting down. Showed that to my little one and he wants to try that method next time.
 
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That looks to be a pretty special trip! It's probably the best way to learn, for that young man, how we ought to leave our camping places. After the cleanup I'll bet he felt like he'd done something darn good! And of course he did.

I agree with Brad; that first photo showing happy campers while actually camping is pretty heartwarming.

I think it's fair to say that each of the three of you are lucky for the other two in their lives!

Warmest best Wishes, Rob
 
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Thanks everyone! Dave, I overbuilt that canoe for moose hunting. It has a double six ounce layer of cloth on the outside and a fair amount of overlap of glass on the inside too. I can still pop it up over my head, but I'm guessing around 110 or 120. With lightweight building, I'm thinking it would probably come in around 90. I built another 20 footer, by stretching out the plans from a J. Winter's Quetico, and then used one layer of ten ounce inside and out. It's a smaller canoe, but it comes in around 80 lbs.
 
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