That's what we did today.
Papa Pea saved and saved his allowance until he had enough to purchase the solo canoe he's been wanting for quite some time. Today was the first time we've taken it out to try it.
We hauled it up to a little puddle of a lake . . . so if the paddler dumped out on the maiden voyage, there would be less chance of drowning. The little lake at the deepest was only five feet so six foot-plus owner of said solo canoe would be able to stand in the water without too much trouble. (His wife might have been in jeopardy.)
But no fear. All went extremely well and the canoe was pronounced sea-worth and very stable.
Papa Pea has quite a bit of leg to fit in a canoe, but that's always been a problem even in our full-sized canoes.
Here he's trying it out kneeling in the traditional paddling position.
After the initial test run, he asked me if I wanted to try it. Sure!
We both agreed that it handled extremely well, but using the kayak paddle as he is in the first two pictures made "steering" much easier than using a traditional canoe paddle as I am in the above picture.
After the canoe christening, on the way home we stopped at a favorite lake which was totally deserted except for two loons. As we watched, one dove underwater and came up with a fish in its bill! We stretched out on the dock, and both of us could have fallen fast asleep without too much trouble.
Regarding something I can't figure out concerning this same lake, I'd like someone to explain this to me. I used my zoom lens to capture the shot of this large rock sticking out of the water a ways out in the lake. When boating on this lake (a fairly good fishing lake) one has to be very aware of the general vicinity of this rock because normally the tip of it is just under the surface of the water. So, why, after a winter of heavy snow and a summer of heavy rain is the rock currently sticking almost two feet out of the water? Wouldn't you think the water level of the lake would be higher than usual right now rather than lower?
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