Fast forward 35 plus years and yesterday, I asked (demanded?) Paul to steer the canoe a little closer to the edge of the waterway so I could take pictures of some pretty iris-like flowers. I sounded a little like my mother-in-law, only I don't paint - I scrapbook! Nearly every time we go canoeing, I take the camera and probably spend more time than he thinks is necessary, taking pictures of wildflowers and wildlife. I'm still trying to get a close up of a Great Blue Heron.
I like this canoe spot - it meets my two main criteria for canoeing:
- We can drive the car nearly to the water's edge so I don't need to help carry the boat very far to launch it. At 4'10", it's about all I can manage to get it out of the garage and on top of the Subaru and get it off without dropping it, keeping in mind we need to reverse the process after canoeing. I don't want to over do the exercise aspect of canoeing by needing to portage the thing from the car to the water!
- Labrador Pond has a defined area for canoing - I like rivers that meander or small ponds like this one. My most dreaded canoe place is the middle of one of the Finger Lakes - not much to see (maybe it's that there's not much to photograph!) and if a wind picks up, I have to battle too hard to help move the boat. Admitedly, Paul does most of the work on these outings, but I try to do my part.
I sound like my mother-in-law, and he's accomodating like his father.