The Flora Burn Rides Again!

April 25, 2009 at 12:31 am | Posted in Canoe Training | Leave a comment
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Flora Burn copyBelieve it or not it was over 80 degrees here in the Boston area today. 80 glorious, sunny, hot degrees. After 6 months of bitter cold, snow,  rain, wind and gloom, we had a full day of the most beautiful sunshine and warmth.  Neighbors and friends not seen since November appeared on bikes wearing shorts and sandals. The ice cream shop was packed and everyone had big huge silly grins on their faces.The adorable little orange cat next store came out to play in the sun, rolling around on the hot pavement.

Mahsa, Paul and I took full advantage of the day by going out to Hopkinton State Park for a day of canoeing and pic nicing (on an island in the middle of the lake!!!). Its about a half hour to Hopkinton from my house, but it took longer since we drove fairly slow owing to having a 16 foot canoe on a 12 foot long car.

We spent hours on the water practicing fun maneuvers. Paul joined us for bits of it, ridding in the middle. We even journeyed over to what looked like a fun little passage under a bridge. It turned out to be a water fall….not worries, we heard the water long before we got to close. Mostly we just meandered around the lake soaking up the vitamin D and laughing about all sorts of things.

Next weekend we hope to get out on the Charles River for a full day! We’re going to have to get used to being in a canoe for 5-8 hours a day for our trip. Oh boy! Its all so exciting! Tomorrow is supposed to be just as lovely and sunny. Hopefully the cat comes back over and we can lounge in the back yard reading and dozing.

Here are some pictures!

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The Maiden Voyage of the Flora Burn

April 21, 2009 at 12:28 am | Posted in Canoe Training | Leave a comment
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Sunday was an exciting day indeed. Mahsa and I took out the Flora Burn for her first day on the water. The Flora Burn is our Canoe, named for a woman pirate of the late 1700’s who worked off the eastern seaboard of the U.S. We spent the morning doing lapse around Turtle Pond, which isn’t too far from my house. The weather forecast was grim, but the day turned out to be glorious! The sun shown brightly and the wind was mostly calm. Really, besides seeing a bird commit suicide by diving into the water and not coming up again, the day was splendid.

We took turns portaging the canoe. I took it in and Mahsa took it out when we left. The hike isn’t far at all…but with a 60 lbs canoe on your shoulders it feels like crossing a continent. We see a canoe cart in our future…

The paddling was good. The only frustration was with the canoeing gods who felt it was a real nice joke to make it as hard as possible for us to go in a straight line. We plan to go canoeing almost every Sunday from here on out. We leave around July 16th for the big trip. By then not even the canoe gods will keep us from paddling in a straight line. Hehe.

Here are some of the pictures.

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