Etikettarkiv: Canoeing

Paddla enkelt

Det fanns en tid innan familj och barn var det viktiga i mitt liv. En tid då min lediga tid spenderades ute i vildmarken och längre färder till fots och med kanot var vanligt. Nu för tiden blir det inte så många långa turer men längtan att få komma ut har inte blivit mindre. Det är nu jag lärt mig att finna och njuta av de små stunderna som denna kväll då barnen har nattats och jag gå utanför dörren för att njuta av den regnfria kvällen. När man som jag bor på landet finns möjligheter att njuta av naturen utanför dörren. Har man som jag som har en granne som har en damm nedanför som ligger helt stilla en sådan här kväll. Då finns det bara en sak att göra, ta den lätta solokanoten och en paddel och bära ner till dammen och lägga i kanoten och doppa paddeln i vattnet och ta ett paddeltag och bara njuta av stunden. Att se solen gå ner medans jag sakta paddlar runt och snurrar runt och känner hur jag med en enkel sak som en paddel kan få en farkost som kanoten att göra precis som jag vill. Efter min lilla minitur så tar jag med kanoten hem och när jag kommer hem och öppnar en kall öl och tittar ut och ser regnet börjar falla, det är nu jag är rätt glad att jag inte ligger därute i regnet idag utan är här hemma torr och varm med min familj. Men längtan ut finns fortfarande där…

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Canoe and art

Many people look at canoeing as a way of transport and to get from A to B. But canoeing is so much more then that, it´s an artform. From the canoe and the paddle to paddle with the canoe. Becky Mason, son of the famous Bill Mason is on of those people that has combined these two things by being a fantastic paddler and artist. A friend of mine once got to dance with her, with canoes of course. A story he often tells when we are on canoe journeys in the wild.

This little trailer of Beckys last DVD shows a a bit of the artform of paddling. If you are interested in learning to paddle one of these wod and canvas canoes we are arranging a course in it this summer.

 

Canoeing in the autumn

 

It´s late October and yesterday the first snow fell, waking up in the morning the thermometer shows minus degrees out. The weather forecast says it´s going to be sunny and little wind, what a perfect day to take the canoe out. The autumn is my favorite time going out with the canoe, there are no mosquitoes around and most people have put their boats and canoes for winter storage and most birds have left for warmer climates.

Breaking the ice

This means it will be very quiet and I am likely to have the lakes all to myself. When I start my canoe trip the canoe will have to break the ice on the shoreline before I get out on the open water. Once out on the lake I can feel the cold crisp air and I am happy I got plenty of layers on me today. The snow is still left on the places where the sun has not yet reached it.

Dressed for the cold

When going out like this it´s perfect to stop here and there to discover the island and other parts that is otherwise hard to reach. This means you often findsome really good mushrooms places that no one goes to look for mushrooms.

Sun comes out

Even if paddling is great, you need to have rest now and then, and why not find that sunny spot that always have slight wind and makes all the wood there nice and dry to make a small fire to have that all important coffee.

Coffee break

When people complain about the cold and dark autumn I always think of days like these…

Back again and sun is coming down

Autumn is here

Summer is now over and the autumn is here and with it comes rain and colder days. But nature is changing, it is now silent. The tourists have gone home the birds are migrating south and the animals in the forest is now moving around and the hunting season is on. But even for those not hunting there are loads of mushrooms to forage.

Foraging

During this season I love to get out and just enjoy the silence and all the colours of nature and to forage for mushrooms. Most of the mushrooms picked will be dried and used during the winter and for the trips for spring and next summer. With less people out in the forests the chances of spotting animal is much bigger as well. Today we went out for a day of canoeing and to just relax. While paddling slowly and enjoying all of nature’s colours but suddenly hundreds of small fish jump out disturbing the calm surface and a second later the pike comes after. It´s amazing how close you can get to animals with a canoe, it´s just like they don’t bother about it, I have several times got really close to animals and they just look at me like I was part of the nature, but a paddle against the canoe will frighten them off.

Paddling

Autumn is not just about picking mushrooms and enjoy the silence in nature. Autumn is also a time to plan for future courses and preparing for winter. Skis need a new layer of tar and winter equipment needs to get out of the shed and the winter clothes out of the closet.

But for now it´s time crack open the new autumn beer and enjoy a dinner with freshly picked mushrooms in it.

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