Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-16-12 12:16 PM (EST)
That's an important concept to me, though I can't define it for others.
Frankly, the multi-portage route parks that most kayakers might aspire to -- such as the BW, Dacks and Algonquin -- really aren't all that wildernessy. There are usually lots of other folks, and maybe houses and power boats on some lakes. On the popular paddle routes in the Dacks, you are never really more than a few miles from a road.
But I don't care. I can get a "wilderness feel" two miles off I-95 in Maine, South Carolina or Florida -- and in numerous other places too.
That's all I really want from a canoe trip, a wilderness feel in addition the motion pleasure of the sport. I'm not Freda Hofmeyer or Sir Edmund Hillary and certainly not a Sherpa.