Going with the flow

Dad & I  left the water treatment work behind to check out the water fun stuff in Madison on Friday.  Hosted by Rutabaga paddlesport shop, Canoecopia is a vendor expo offering everything from canoes and kayaks to Uncle Red Beard’s fishing tackle.  We stopped at the Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort and chatted with old friends.  We lusted after beautiful wooden canoes and real estate listings of remote northwoods cabin properties.  After stopping by the fourth Boundary Waters Canoe Area outfitters booth, we hatched a plan.  If we could get a few more people interested in going, we would finally plan the boundary waters canoe trip we had always talked about doing.  We usually paddle section 3 of the Wolf River in northeastern Wisconsin, a beautiful scenic stretch of river with alot of class 2 and a little class 3 rapids.  I’m talking whitewater here.  Lots of rocks, some cursing, and an occasional capsize followed by a cold swim that can leave ugly bruises.  But a few days in the boundary waters, full of wildlife, campfire breakfasts and the  possibility of seeing the northern lights has always intruigued me.  So now we are dreaming and planning, and hoping that we can have the chance to leave the water work behind for a few days and have some water fun up north this summer.

canoeing dad