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User Friendly reminds me that one of my goals this year is to make a canoeing trip happen this summer. Anyone have any suggestions?

It could be an MITOC-style trip, getting up damn early to load canoes on top of cars, go north, park one car at the end, load the canoes in the water, boat down, send the car back for the other cars, load up, and go home extremely tired and fulfilled... Or it could be one of those fancier kinds where you pay more money and the canoes are up there already and they rent them to you and take care of a lot of the niggling details. I'm not sure which way I'd want to go this year.

Is there a way to organize this thing such that parents can bring kids along, too? I would guess it's between "really tough" and "impossible" for the <1-year-olds, and almost up to the "vaguely feasible" for the parents with 1- to 2-year-olds? These categories are including more and more of my friends these days...


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May. 3rd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
You can go canoeing on the Mystic down the block from me for $5/hour. :)
May. 3rd, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
The other advantage of small, close-to-home trips is that they can be less of a committment for parents with small children. (and parents with tiny children can leave the child with someone picnicking on the bank for half an hour while they get their practice in)

May. 3rd, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
"Is there a way to organize this thing such that parents can bring kids along, too?"

It depends a lot on the parents. Some parents are cool with canoeing with their toddlers (and some toddlers are patient with it). I think mostly it's boring until you're big enough to play with paddles (which for some people I know could be as young as 3).

" I would guess it's between "really tough" and "impossible" for the <1-year-olds"
As far as I know the life preserver options for infants suck, so that sort of puts them out the question.

"Anyone have any suggestions?"
I think the main reason that AAC trips haven't been happening is because no one organized them. If you did I be people would.

I think all of the fancy trips involve a lot more driving.

Like twe I'm a fan of doing shorter canoe trips closer to home more frequently. That might be because I own a canoe. In addition to the mystic rental place there are also rental places along the Charles.

May. 3rd, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
That's two of you've who've used that acronym. What does it means?
May. 3rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
The Association for the Athletically Clined.

Note that it doesn't say inclined, or disinclined. jweiss & rcaileff organized for several years. I think there's still a mailing list.
May. 3rd, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't feel so bad for not knowing that. :)
May. 4th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
It's actually "activities for the athletically clined". I can confirm that our canoe trips stopped happening, because people stopped having the time/energy to organize them. I still have a supply of "cute blue things" for those who know what they are, in my basement. Previous AAC canoe trip organizers include mhbraun, jjv, myself, kretch, and pekmez. I can supply some pointers and whatnot, but still don't have the time/energy to organize a trip myself.
May. 3rd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
I've always enjoyed the AAC version, where a bunch of us got together and canoed - downstream - on a relatively easy river. We'd get some exercise, outdoors, and social, all at once.

And how often do you get to practice that knot-tying?
May. 3rd, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
woo woo~

So, I'd be willing to give it a try, being a parent of a 1-2 year old, but I suspect for it to work, we'd have to go witht he more expensive show up where someone else does all the canoe hauling. :) Saves time, energy, and stuff schlepping. Little ones do all of that all on their own. :)

Come to think of it, organizing an initial 'does this work' trip on the Mystic near twe's would be an excellent dry run....
May. 5th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Yay, canoeing! I still remember what a big deal it was for me as a child when my parents deemed me old enough to actually *paddle* rather than sit in the bottom of hte canoe and watch. So I know it's possible to do this with toddlers, but perhaps not easy. ;)

One of my goals for this summer is to do a lot more canoeing. Whether this means on the Mystic with twe, down on the lake by jlsgaladriel's house, or up at my parent's cabin in the mountains (or all three!), I'm not sure.
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