Monday, July 14, 2014

Training For The Big Adventure Or Not

Yesterday was another busy day.  In the morning Mike and I worked on a big project that we have been working on for quite a while.  It takes us longer at our age.  I will write about that in a few days.

First a little background.  Our daughter Sarah and her friend are signed up to do an eight hour adventure in Michigan.  One part of the adventure is canoeing, and they have been training to improve their skills.  Neither of them are experienced at canoeing.  Our daughter thought since it was such a beautiful day she would like to canoe with her family.  They came to our house to use our canoe.  Of course, everyone was on a different page.  My husband Mike wanted to work on his project, Melissa our granddaughter didn't want any part of it, Sam, middle grandson wanted to go fishing, and I would just go with the flow.  Finally we got organized and hooked up the trailer with the canoe and headed for the boat landing.  Sarah and family minus Melissa followed.  When we got there, they unloaded the canoe.  Sarah, her husband and youngest son Jack were going to canoe.

After they were on their way down river, we headed to the destination boat landing.  It is easier to paddle with the current, so we drop off in one place and drive to the next for pick up.  Since Sam wanted to fish and I am the only one in the family who can bait a hook, it was my job.  I had to go down to my little worm farm and take a few worms to fish with.  Jack was not going to fish at this point because he was sad that I was going to kill my pet worms.  That is why he decided to canoe with his parents.  When we arrived at the pick up boat landing, we saw many other canoeists, kayakers and this big Voyageur canoe.

This voyageur canoe trip is giving a history lesson to a group of young people.

This canoe trip is run by some local Princeton residents.  The trip explores the Fox River the way Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet did.  It teaches about river travel and exploration. 

To read more about it, here is the website.

This particular blog that I wrote a while ago mentions the same people who run the Voyageur trips.

Ok, back to our day.  We parked the vehicles and Mike set up away from everything.  I think he needed to regroup from the chaos.

Soon he joined us at the river bank.  I baited Sam's hook and set the bobber.  Soon he got a bite and was so excited his sunglasses fell off, and he stepped on them.  He smashed them and didn't even get a fish out of it.  Another time he got such a bad snag that we had to cut the line and start all over.  I was praying for no fish, but he didn't know it.  He mentioned having his catch for dinner.  I am also the only one who knows how to clean a fish, and I wasn't really in the mood.

Before we knew it the rest of the crew arrived safe and sound at the boat landing.  They paddled in, and we loaded up the canoe again.

Now it was time to go home.  Everyone was starving so I had to come up with something to eat.  Thank goodness it wouldn't be fish.  I don't know how much of a work out Sarah got, but I think everyone had fun.  That is the important thing, after all.

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