Many troops who came back from Vietnam were wounded horribly. Many lost limbs and even their sight but the worst wounds of all were the ones where the pain never went away, the ones with addiction to drugs. Sarge fought it hard, but it took much more than he had to whip his problem.
Friday, August 5, 2011
One of the best part of long canoe trips is the quiet and the slow pace. If you think you've seen it all in nature, get into a canoe and plan on at least a week alone. You don't need much for equipment.
The first two days you'll be fighting the urge to cover a lot of river, trying to see it all right now. Take your time. You need to keep a straight course, but that means only paddling once in a while. Sometimes you can move along quite well by just dragging your paddle and turning the blade back and forth to steer.
If this is unfamiliar water, keep an eye and ear tuned to the river. Sometimes a rapids can appear in mere moments putting your skills to the test. If you can't see the end of the rapids, pull into shore and take a walk. You might just save your life. Impatience is your worst enemy.
Along toward late afternoon, start looking for a place to spend the night. Any small opening will do. If you wait too long, you could find yourself in the dark, hanging onto a branch with your fingers crossed.
A small meal cooked over a reassuring fire is certainly one of best parts of the trip. A good book read by firelight is an experience you'll never forget.
A tent is pretty nice sometimes, but sleeping under an overturned canoe isn't too bad either. A small piece of plastic sheeting weighs very little and if it siorms, it's worth its weight in gold.
So leave your Lazyboy recliner behind. There's adventure waiting.
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