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    Hmmmm. Sounds like you've met some American...

    Hmmmm. Sounds like you've met some American paddlers you weren't impressed with. I've met them too. I'd like to think you've hung me on the wrong peg - without knowing much of anything about me -...
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    Going to Flin Flon?

    I've been invited to Flin Flon. Of two minds about it.

    It's good fishing. Last time I went - I brought my 90 year old father. He caught 200 walleyes.

    Thing is, it's a fly-in lake (Lake...
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    I second that. Kayaks are a bitch for portaging....

    I second that. Kayaks are a bitch for portaging.

    There are some long touring canoes out there - though whether they would be available through an outfitter - I have no way of knowing. Wenonah...
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    Paddling England?

    Been wondering about paddling England. There would have to be castles. I'll get to that.

    I'm kind of a backwoods boy. We lived in Alaska for a while - years back - but otherwise, It's pretty...
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    Ahhhh! The Apostles are a young man's dream -...

    Ahhhh! The Apostles are a young man's dream - and an old man's fond memory. There is a reason it was the "Heart of the Nation" for the Lake Superior Ojibwe.
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    In recent years I've been doing the same. ...

    In recent years I've been doing the same. Learning about my "backyard." At the end of my lake is the Cloquet River. The Cloquet River east ("left" and upstream) has about 35 miles of good...
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    Fine now. That's how I read it. There are...

    Fine now. That's how I read it.

    There are times for kayaks. I would never paddle out to Isle Royal - on Lake Superior - in an open canoe - as my grandfather did. Paddling out to tha Apostle...
  8. You know - it's really a shame. Res. 2 paid so...

    You know - it's really a shame. Res. 2 paid so little for the canoe to begin with - he never realized what he had. I doubt he'd pay what it is worth to get another. Trying to rebuild the canoe he...
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    Just a general observation: Lightest canoes I...

    Just a general observation: Lightest canoes I have are from the early 70s - when kevlar first began being used. More recent models of the same canoes are heavier.

    The earlier canoes often need...
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    My Idiot Brother

    I'm fairly agile - even at my age - yet I never knew that when I was young. In my family - I was the clumsy one.

    My brothers, and especially my father, were extremely agile. If I had to make a...
  11. A Tale of Two Strippers (Cedar Strip Canoes)

    We were out on the lake early, yesterday, for fishing opener. Jo insisted we take her boat - so - no canoe fishing story. We didn't get skunked - got enough for several meals, Crappies, northern...
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    flat cap andy: You are so right. Gene Jensen...

    flat cap andy: You are so right. Gene Jensen definitely didn't have wild rice harvesting in mind when he designed his canoes. They have poor initial stability - but great final stability - so it...
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    Cedar-Strip Jensen

    Haven't posted for a while.

    Had a neighbor. He had an old stripper - no gunwales (never had any) hanging in his garage. After some years - I asked him if he wanted to sell it. He allowed he...
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    So sad not to be able to find a used double bit...

    So sad not to be able to find a used double bit axe. They are a drug on the market in our area - left-overs from the days of hand logging.
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    Sticky: Sometime this winter I will be adding gunwales to...

    Sometime this winter I will be adding gunwales to a Gene Jensen proto-type cedar strip canoe. It was built by Jensen, but never finished. My former next-door neighbor was a friend of Jensens - many...
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    Several years ago - we purchased a "Springbar"...

    Several years ago - we purchased a "Springbar" tent. Love this tent. Goes up in five minutes. It is canvas - with almost vertical walls - giving more floor room than other tents with the same...
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    Ultimate Paddle Song: ...

    Ultimate Paddle Song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpAGW3QBG-k
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    Been by there twice. Once had no shovel. Second...

    Been by there twice. Once had no shovel. Second time - had a small folding military shovel - which wasn't really up to the job. Found nothing.
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    St. Louis varies a lot; a pole would be useful in...

    St. Louis varies a lot; a pole would be useful in spots, but much of the river looks like the photo at this address:
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    LOL! Wondered what a "goon" stroke was - so I...

    LOL! Wondered what a "goon" stroke was - so I watched a video. Been using it for years, as well as a "J" stroke, but just lumped both of them as "J" stroke.

    Hate to say it (I was the most...
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    Greetings

    Haven't been by the site for a while. Hope everyone is still paddling.

    I've been retired for three years now. Didn't know how much stress it was until it was gone.

    Spent quite a bit of the...
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    Be careful about the "over rocks" part. It will...

    Be careful about the "over rocks" part. It will put up with more than you think - but it is still a relatively fragile craft.
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    Yes, that's what I meant. It seems to me that...

    Yes, that's what I meant. It seems to me that friction-fit ribs are one of the bark canoes assets - which allow it to handle larger seas, and rock filled rapids - in a way not possible for a solid...
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    Very nice looking canoe! Are the ribs...

    Very nice looking canoe! Are the ribs friction-fit?
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    LOL! Some areas of our farm - and especially my...

    LOL! Some areas of our farm - and especially my grandfather's farm - were tough to get to with a tractor - especially in the spring. Which just meant the posts were transported over the shoulder. ...
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