Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Top 10 Paddler Tips

My student and I have been out on the Kayaks in Algonquin Provincial Park. Boy did we have a ball! I have a lot to write about, but right now we are busy getting ready to start another “school year”. In the meantime have a look at our list of top 10 paddler tips, devised from our experiences at Algonquin and along the way!

1. It is inappropriate sit on the bow of the he Maid of the Mist with your kayak paddles and shout “bring it on” at Niagara falls.

2. Algonquin Provincial park wolves really do exist and will visit your campsite, so don’t worry about the bears.

3. Some of the biggest frogs you have ever seen live at Costello Creek south of Lake Opeongo, in Algonquin Provincial park Ontario. Don’t let them hop into your kayak. The water is cold.

4. No matter what anyone says, vault toilettes were not a good invention.

5. Always wear sunscreen on the lake, especially if you are in a bright yellow kayak.

6. It is not a good idea to run towards a heavily armed ranger hunting a wounded wolf yelling “it wasn’t me, it wasn’t me” at night, in Canada.

7. Half-n-half for coffee does not keep very well in a thermos in the hatch of a touring Kayak.

8. Bilge sponges are not supposed to be used for bathing.

9. No matter how hard you paddle you cannot get your kayaks to fly over a half submerged tree.

10. If the culvert is big enough you can certainly paddle through it. Send the kid in first. Why portage if you don’t have to?

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