Canoeing: Harriman Reservoir

I didn't go kayaking this weekend. Earlier in the week, a coworker was selling an old fiberglass canoe for a price that I couldn't refuse, so this weekend Lauren and I paddled it around Harriman Reservoir, stopping for lunch on the island nearest where we launched. It was an enjoyable trip.

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A few observations:

  • When we arrived at the boat launch, there were Vermont state police officers making sure that everyone had life jackets. I had never seen that before, but we had ours, and they were friendly.
  • We stopped at one of the parks on the side of the lake before going to the boat launch at the north tip. Beside the dirt road approaching it, it was a nice area. On our return, we saw people there jumping into the water from a rope swing. Maybe I should start launching from one of those parks.
  • Canoeing is not as bad as I expected. Lauren and I were able to match my typical kayak speed, 3.8 miles/hour, for the first two miles. I didn't really feel prepared to paddle for long distances, though. It seemed like it stressed completely different muscles from kayaking. Steering was as interesting as I expected.
  • The canoe served its purpose well, but I'm not sure how often I'll use it. It definitely takes two people to get it on or off my car. It's just a bit too big to strap comfortably to my rack as-is with the straps that I have, and my car doesn't seem to have enough mounts to keep it centered the way that I usually see people do. The frame is a little bent out of shape, and I want to try to fix some of the non-essential fiberglass work inside the canoe. We scraped it up a little bit more than I would have hoped.

And that's how I spent my Canada Day Eve.

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