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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


This weekend I ventured far from the realm of pop culture into actual nature. Later this month, my friend D. and I are going on a canoeing & camping trip in the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. After about the hundredth person asked us if we had ever canoed, we started to doubt our operating philosophy, which had been: "If small children can do it, we probably can too." So we decided we should learn to canoe.

To that end, we went on Sunday with a couple of friends, both experienced canoers, to Mason Neck State Park. Wow, this place was beautiful; I could not believe that we were only 20 miles from DC. The park is located on a bay off of the Potomac River, and you can canoe a short distance to a marshy area called Kane's Creek. We saw bald eagles, ospreys, and blue herons, and all sorts of butterflies and dragonflies. I also saw a gigantic frog (roughly 6" in diameter). I highly recommend it, but maybe not on a day when the high is 95 degrees.


Blogger Laura Holt said...

That looks so pretty! I haven't been canoeing since I was a kid, but last fall I went kayaking on a very calm river, and while it was fun, there were also moments of panic. When the river was broad, I was fine, but as soon as we were in the jungle I just kept ping-ponging back and forth from one overgrown rooty viney poisonous spider-webbed death trap bank to the other because I could not, for the life of me, move forward in anything approaching a straight line. So this is my advice to you: Beware overhanging branches, narrow tributaries, and spiderwebs.

To bring this back to pop culture, I wonder why we never see pictures of celebrities in canoes? They seem to engage in all kinds of other water sports. Maybe the paparazzi are, like me, afraid of the spiderwebs on riverbanks.

7/05/2006 6:29 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

Yeah, steering is not my strong suit. And I took over the steering in an area with a lot of lily pads/weeds with narrow paths of open water. Not advisable. I did much better in the open water.

7/05/2006 9:09 PM  

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