Canoeing the world over

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The canoe and the kayak are some of the world’s oldest forms of transport. Clearly these forms of transportation have been around since people have lived in areas with substantial bodies of water. At the time of writing, the oldest known canoe is a dugout canoe, discovered in the Netherlands, where it is currently housed…


This was a half-day trip and since

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This was a half-day trip and since we had never gone down this creek before there would be new territory to explore. We put in at a place off US 280 where the creek was about 12 feet wide. Trees were lying across the water, stretching from one bank to the other, for as far…


Frozen fingers and wet

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Since the water was cold and the air was cool, I was extra careful not to turn over. We made good time and enjoyed the trip since it was the first time any of us had paddled in the winter. George and I carried extra clothes in our dry bags, Steve didn’t plan on getting…


The Famous Grouse

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Day One: Word of a good thing travels fast. Bob and George talked with Bill about last years trip and it wasn’t long before Bill was hunting up a canoe. Mad Max, who grew up in Goodwater but is no relation to anyone in our group, called George one day out of the blue and…


Bob and Gwyn Willis had just moved

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Day One: Bob and Gwyn Willis had just moved to Montgomery from San Antonio Texas where Bob had retired from a career in the military as a Colonel in the Army. Meg, Stephen and I were visiting Mary and George when Bob and Gwen stopped by on their way to Lineville. I hadn’t seen them…


Three Days on Hatchet

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Day One: Lightning flashed as we tied our canoes on top of Steve’s Blazer. The weather forecast called for rain all night with clearing skies by morning. The next day, the water level was full and slightly stained. The sky was clear and blue, a perfect day to begin our first three-day canoe/camping trip. George…