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For the love of portaging, canoes and the outdoors
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Happy Birthday Nancy!

I'm not sure how old you really are, but it's our 8th year paddling and portaging together. With the exception of a few new grey hairs every year - on both of us, mind you - it seems nothing much has changed.

Thanks for hanging out with me, keeping me company, sharing your energy and enthusiasm, and keeping me squirrel free all these years. Based on her enthusiasm for this job, I assume that's important.

#canoeing   #camping   #portaging   #canoedogs  
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Pillsbury Portageur

Strange the way things go sometimes. I was remarking after our last trip how Nancy hadn't been her overly-active self, or at least not as much as she had been in the past. 

But strangely, since we've been back, she's been asking for walks much more often than normal. She even pulls away when we get close to home, almost as if she pointed me in the other direction, I'd forget where we were headed and just keep going. 

But perhaps it's something else entirely. As I was talking to a friend about this today, I came up with a theory. 

"Nancy is a pretty smart girl," I suggested. "Maybe she felt she could have been more active while we were out and wants to get into tripping shape. This would explain the restlessness."

A smile fell on my friend just then, saying "Oh I don't doubt that Nancy is smart. She wants more walks to be in better tripping shape all right, but not for her. She's in great shape. But being the smart woman she is, she's getting you out on more walks. And being the savvy lady she is, she's making it seem like you're doing it for her."

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I think the only thing that could have accentuated the dumbfounding point better would have been a poke to my belly and a giggle.

#canoeing   #camping   #portaging   #AlgonquinPP  
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Before the wind wakes up.

Morning is an introverts favourite time of the day. Everything is exactly the way you want it to be: peaceful and quiet, calm and still. The air seems to have been cleaned over night, fresh and new. This is the time when even the wind hasn't woken and so it seems only natural to move around softly and quietly, as if I would stir the wind, or the water - or the others in the group.

Soon, people will rise, with sounds of rustle and movement, talking, laughing. People will bang pots, boil water and clink utensils. They'll tell stories, stretch and groan, ask how you slept, and tell you how their night was. They'll pack up and bang canoes and paddles, and clank gunnels and splash and yell. We bring our friends along for all the fun and camaraderie, and we can all appreciate seeing others enjoy the outdoors, for sure. It's all good... just later.

This time of morning is not for any of that. This is the time for quiet walks along the shore, feeling the sun start to warm up. Or just sitting quietly, watching the darkness slowly dissolve to reveal all the daytime colour. You feel you can hear everything from miles around, but that nothing has anything to say. It's nature's subtle smile and nod of the head.

This, plus the incredibly perfect time for photos, is what motivates me to get out of my warm sleeping bag and out into whatever cold lies beyond the tent. And for a few minutes, I have the whole world to myself.

#canoeing   #camping   #portaging   #algonquinPP  
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