Sunday, July 19, 2009

I canoe. Canoe?

Although we're only half through July, I still feel as though this summer is quickly passing.

But that tends to be the norm for all seasons we enjoy, doesn't it? The things in life we hate (read: winter) seemingly last forever... but summer? Summer is fleeting.

Since we live in an if-you-blink-you'll-miss-summer sort of environment, my husband and I do our best to accomplish as much as we can outdoors during these two short months because we know it will be a long haul before many of these opportunities return.

And one such sunshine-filled activity that we enjoy is canoeing.

Although our garage is far too jam packed for us to store our own personal canoes, we are lucky enough to participate in this activity each year thanks to Canoeheads.

For a mere $85, we can enjoy an early-morning shuttle to Devon and the use of their canoe and supplies for a laid-back voyage down the North Saskatchewan River. The only items we bring along are food and blankets for a mid-way picnic and, of course, my ever-present camera.

Now about those mid-way picnics.......

..... sometimes we've ended up caked in mud.....



..... but more often than not, we've been fortunate enough to find some dry land that's helped us to enjoy the peaceful solitude along the river.

Be warned, though: this trek from Devon to Laurier Park in Edmonton can take as much or as little time to complete as you allow for.

As in, if you pop an aspirin before heading out and decide to paddle continuously without stopping, then you'll make it to the Laurier boat launch in approximately four hours. But if you're like us and prefer to stop for lunch and/or do some sightseeing amid the relaxed pace of your paddling, then the trip can take up to six hours to complete.

Either way, bring your sunscreen and bug repellant and plenty of drinking water.

Because, even though you're never far from civilization, there is no Mega Wal-Mart along the river! (Thankfully.)

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