After 20 years of long-distance wilderness backpacking in the US, I
discovered that you can carry a lot more gear ( "junk".which I been able
to do without for 2 decades) in a canoe, rather than in a backpack. This
"discovery" coincided with my advanced old age 0f 40, and the general loss
of true "wilderness" in the US, and the increased usage of all forms of
motorized recreational vehicles into the remaining wild areas of the US.
Unfortunately, (for others) Edward Abbey was my role model, not Bill Mason.
My wife (Wendy) and I have been canoeing for 5 years, in "saskia" our
OT Disco 17.4". Our next canoe will be a Bell Northwoods! It will be an
epiphany to paddle a "real canoe". J We have managed 1200 miles in our
wretched plastic boat thus far. Canoeing , for us, has been a means to
an end. Photography, birding, botany, and "walking up and down in the world"
are our main interests. Most of our trips are multi-week. our longest "stretch"
without seeing other people has been 24 days. We are "flatwater" paddlers.though
mostly we have been canoeing on the large lakes and rivers of Canada in
Alberta and Saskatchewan ...I often dwell on the meaning of the FW classification
while heading for shore in 3 foot swells, and wind, in an undecked tandem
In 7 weeks we are driving to Yellowknife NT, for a fly-in to the Lockhart
River on the Barrens.