5 things I learned from a fall paddling trip

After every last leech was plucked from between my toes and a threatening sky had kept its promise, I had some time to think about the nuggets of wisdom you gain on a paddling trip. In fact, I had little else to think about huddled under a tarp shifting a fry-pan like JiffyPop over a camp stove; Campfire pizza, minus the campfire (see takeaway number one.)

We launched on Rain Lake, outside Kearney, Ontario on the east side of Algonquin Provincial Park for a week of paddling, portaging and camping out. All of the far more important logistical, tactical and practical advice aside, here are a few things I gathered. (No photos of leeches, I promise.)

Photos courtesy of Elaine Anselmi


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