And my ancestors didn't rise to the top of the food chain for me to become a vegetarian, either.
How many strictly-canoe turkeys here wax on about, "OOOHHH, I tried kayaking for a time. But I found out I was only mediocre at it, so I quickly went running back to canoe hulls exclusively.(Like, I got my rocks off with the mistress quickly, but begged my faithful wife to take me back.) "Besides, a double blade made things too easy and I never really wanted to learn how to roll. But worst of all, I couldn't carry a cooler!!! Bwah!!!"
Yes, it's so good to dismiss "traveling light." I mean, the reason you want to commune with wilderness on a say a day trip or a week or so out, is to bring as much shit along with you as possible...I mean, this could be like going to the moon and back, right? So better to have absolutely EVERYTHING you can possibly think of along, right? No, better if you stayed home.
BREAKING NEWS!!! A canoe can hurt your back from improper use, every bit as much as an improperly used kayak can...It's true! I own both canoes and kayaks. I've properly used and improperly used both. I like both. I at times detest both. I've had aches and pains from both. But that's why I paddle. I like to feel some muscle strain now and then. Let's me know I'm alive and have a good working body--To which I gratefully thank de good Lawd(Of course, if you don't believe in him, like you don't believe in kayaks, just wing a prayer off to the Great Pumpkin and ask Allah to pass the mash potatoes.)
Here's one last thought: Know why I never take my 16 foot canoe to ride surf waves on the ocean? Same reason I don't use my 16 foot sea kayak on very narrow and twisty rock strewn rivers.
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