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    Well, there is no snow yet, so I thought I would share some pictures from a canoe trip I did with 6 teenagers in late August. We started off with loading up two canoes, and two kayaks on cars, then off to buy fishing licences, a break for chinese food(!), finally food shopping at Price Chopper. Total chaos, until we got on the water at the Green River Reservoir which is a State Park now. I was the only adult/parent on this trip.
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    Finally on the water! Click image for larger version

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    I rode shotgun on all the boats in the Z WW boatClick image for larger version

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    We arrived at our campsite for the three days.Click image for larger version

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    Pancakes for breakfast, first morning Click image for larger version

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    Last edited by chamonix; 6 September 2014, 09:46 PM.

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    The occasional kayaker was attacked and flipped by swimmersClick image for larger version

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    Amy tried out the Z kayak.. Click image for larger version

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    Hot dayClick image for larger version

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    Fishing from the big TW Special canoe.. Click image for larger version

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    Burgers that night, then our friend, Louis arrived in the dark on a SUP, with a load of corn! We soaked it in the lake, then threw it on the open fire.Click image for larger version

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    Last edited by chamonix; 4 September 2014, 01:03 PM.

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    • #3
      Green River Res is fun. Sort of like car camping, but you have to get in a boat. Love that place. I have fond memories. My dad took me there for the first time in the fall of 1983 on one of my weekends with my dad. It rocked. That was long before the NYT article. Very few people. It felt like the middle of nowhere back then. No light pollution whatsoever. It is sad what happened to it over the years and while I miss the old free for all, I am glad it was finally taken over by the state.

      Did you poke around the nooks and crannies? It is fun to go up the channel on the north west end.
      "Nobody ever got my name right." - Me

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      • #4
        Breakfast on the last morning, we went through 24 eggs at one sitting!Click image for larger version

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        Finally it was time to head out, and leave this fishing and swimming paradise.Click image for larger version

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        Last chance for fishing, near the takeout..Click image for larger version

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        Loading up the carsClick image for larger version

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        A great trip, and most of these teenagers had never been canoe camping before..I was happy to get my big 18.5 ' tripping canoe back in the water, too.
        Last edited by chamonix; 4 September 2014, 12:31 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chamonix View Post
          A great trip, and most of these teenagers had never been canoe camping before..I was happy to get my big 18.5 ' tripping canoe back in the water, too.
          You took them to the right place to introduce them to canoe camping. They are hooked now. Next they will want you to head over to the Saranac area and do some of the multi-day big circle trips. I miss my 18' canoes.
          "Nobody ever got my name right." - Me

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          • #6
            Nice!

            Teens and canoe camping seems to work out well most times. Goodonya!
            Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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            • #7
              riser3 wrote
              Did you poke around the nooks and crannies? It is fun to go up the channel on the north west end.
              I have gone up into the very North end of the GRR. Carried my canoe over a few of the beaver dams, then lost interest..

              cheers

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                Some teenagers in the 'Daks for you.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the TR.

                  Brought back fond memories of my youth. In the days when we waited in anticipation for the stand up paddleboarders to bring their corn down the river.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by aqua toque View Post
                    Thanks for the TR.

                    Brought back fond memories of my youth. In the days when we waited in anticipation for the stand up paddleboarders to bring their corn down the river.
                    Seriously, where do you keep your cooler on those things?

                    Nice trip report Chamonix. 18.5 feet? That is one big a$$ canoe. Looks like a joy with a load on but solo looks like a handful in any kind of breeze.

                    Good on ya for taking the kids out.

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                    • #11
                      petey,
                      Louis had the corn , just balanced in a plastic bag on the deck of his SUP. He didn't even know which campsite we had, just paddled around the big island, until he spotted our canoes.
                      The TW is an amazing canoe, it just weighs 66 lbs with the Kevlar layup. You load it up with more and more gear, and it doesn't slow down at all. The bow is 24 inches high; great in big water. I have a full length snap on spray cover for it too.
                      paddling the TW solo, in light windClick image for larger version

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                      This Peterborough is the prettiest canoe I own, but after getting caught (and nearly swamped) crossing lakes in Parc de la Verendrye, it was time for a big tripping canoe, with more freeboard, the TW SpecialClick image for larger version

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                      My other canoe for solo paddling. A Swift Osprey, on Lake Carmi Thursday evening
                      Last edited by chamonix; 13 September 2014, 09:56 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chamonix View Post
                        ....
                        The TW is an amazing canoe, it just weighs 66 lbs with the Kevlar layup. You load it up with more and more gear, and it doesn't slow down at all. The bow is 24 inches high; great in big water. I have a full length snap on spray cover for it too.
                        paddling the TW solo, in light wind[ATTACH=CONFIG]3534[/ATTACH]

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                        Looks like just the thing for a week out. Sort of a pumped up Lamoile?
                        Last edited by RobRoyMeans; 8 September 2014, 10:02 AM.
                        Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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                        • #13
                          Growing up we had two 18' Grumman (aluminum) canoes. F cking heavy. BUT I loved them on open water. They sliced and diced and were super steady. They weren't even that bad to solo paddle. Portages sucked. Sweet freeboard but also not so good over rocks so fast water not so much.
                          "Nobody ever got my name right." - Me

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by riser3 View Post
                            Growing up we had two 18' Grumman (aluminum) canoes. F cking heavy. BUT I loved them on open water. They sliced and diced and were super steady. They weren't even that bad to solo paddle. Portages sucked. Sweet freeboard but also not so good over rocks so fast water not so much.
                            Great summer camp memories with the big Grummans. The counsellors strapped plywood panels to the bow seats. The platforms extended beyond the twarts and went forward. They gave each boat a long stick with big puffy double-ends and canoes would jockey for position whilst the kids standing in the bows would biff and boff the kid in the bows of the other boat until somebody got wet.

                            No helmets, no big padded gloves....just a hellova good time!
                            Last edited by RobRoyMeans; 8 September 2014, 10:12 AM.
                            Go for adventure, take pix, but make certain to bring'em back alive!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RobRoyMeans View Post
                              Great summer camp memories with the big Grummans. The counsellors strapped plywood panels to the bow seats. The platforms extended beyond the twarts and went forward. They gave each boat a long stick with big puffy double-ends and canoes would jockey for position whilst the kids standing in the bows would biff and boff the kid in the bows of the other boat until somebody got wet.

                              No helmets, no big padded gloves....just a hellova good time!
                              The 16' and 17' not so much, they are dogs. The 18' benefits well from that extra foot of length.
                              "Nobody ever got my name right." - Me

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