Peter's paddle is a home made one. The blade shape is roughly based on a Voyageur style and the grip is a 'guide' style that I think originated in the Adirondacks. Interesting combo that his brother came up with. My paddle on the other hand is a plain old off the shelf Grey Owl - http://www.greyowlpaddles.com/pages/recreational.html
Brownie was being really bugged by some biting flies that day. There wasn't much wind so they stayed with us all the way down the lake. Not sure what their proper name is but I've always called them sand flies because they seem to chew on your ankles more than anywhere else.
As for dinner ... well, Pete does dry the dishes for me by putting 'em in the mesh bag to drip dry. On the other hand, as long as I have him along I don't have to worry about chopping wood for the fire. He also carries his share of the gear on the portages! These trips are great for spending quality time with the kids. The last couple of years I've managed a 1-on-1 trip with each of my 3 kids, which has been great.
(Oh, and while Peter whipped my butt on the trout, I did pull in a 20 1/2" Smallmouth on the last night out to take the overall title. That one counts as a trophy size for Ontario :-) )
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles