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    Default Canoeing

    I don't get to do this as much as I would like to much like riding and many other things.* But I really like to get some family and friends together and go canoeing.* We use a canoe livery where you park & pay at the downstream location, load up on a bus and they run you upstream where you load and launch the canoe and off you go.

    So here's the bus...
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    I tell ya, its wierd riding "the cheese" again and all seems so much smaller than when you were a kid.

    The canoes, alum or for $5 more you get a fiberglass.
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    And this is late in the season for us, but the colors are starting to set in... would be nice to do it in about 2 more weeks but not sure about the weather... today was nice and about 75
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    The Dan's came out with their old pooch Max
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    Natron Bomb and his wife
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    Natron's brother in the back and our step brother Ray starting out early drinking
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    I had my other bro in law, Swade (13) as my canoe mate
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    The other step brother Rick and his family coming out to enjoy.*
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    Everybody besides Natron&wife&bro, myself, and the dan's were rookies... never been canoeing before...


    Of coarse Swade wanted to try to fish...
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    Oh the fun...
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    We were constantly assembling what we called the "drunk barge" so we could pass beer or "sippy cup" beverages.
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    And of coarse there are some baller ass houses along the river that are nice to look at and think "what the fuck do they do for a living".
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    Definately not being Natron is what they are doing
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    And there are kayakers or as we like to call them "motor boaters" cause they usually go so fast.* And this picture was just epic "going off into the distance"
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    And as I said, Ray and Matt (Natron bro) were drinking... as you can tell!!!* And by now its only like noon
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    So they get bumped by my canoe as we were constantly doing to everybody... Matt stands up, and basically Ray jumps out like a leapfrog, then matt goes too... luckily their gear didn't come out but the rest of us were laughin our asses off...
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    But we continue on... every once and a while you get a little rush and just have to have some fun...
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    And the drunkards
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    YEA
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    OH NO
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    Stuck... DUMBASSES
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    We find some drifting "motor boaters" and they tag along for a ride for awhile and we chat... just everybody enjoying the fresh air, gorgous weather and the river... especially since we all know what is coming
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    Coherting with the "others"
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    Yeah... we're lame.. but make the best of it
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    Even a 13 year old fingured out how cool it was... he didn't want the day to end just like the rest of us.
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    As I said, we all realize that its stuff like this that is what we charish and enjoy.* Its connecting with nature and hanging out.* Its about enjoying the simple things...
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    But as all things must come to an end, so did the trip.* It always ends in the same place but nothing more fitting to remind us we're in Michigan and welcoming us back to our dreaded reality... michigan construction
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    Hope you enjoyed the pics, but I'm sure not as much as I did taking them and being out there.* Now, tomry I get to ride...* not bad for a weekend with no wifey!!!
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
    -Chris
    aka Gas Man

    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

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    Default Re: Canoeing

    Nice.

    WTF were the construction signs in the river for?

    And how long was the actual canoe part?

    I may have to look that up and give it a shot as well.*

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    Default Re: Canoeing

    Looks like a fun time!
    Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

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    Default Re: Canoeing

    where is this place at and what water way were you on, loks like a good time
    william

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    Default Re: Canoeing

    Right before those signs is the place you end your canoe trip.* Really you don't want to go past there in a canoe cause it will be bad!!* Very bad!* In a kyak maybe but not in a canoe.

    Its on the huron river.* A couple tips... go early.* Do the first launch time, it gives you more time to just sit and float, relax, ect.* Second, don't rush, you payed for a whole day so get your moneys worth.* Dock up (really just beach yourself) just after the first bridge, then have somebody watch your canoes, go up the hill and accross the road to the apple orchard.* Get some cidar and donuts... get back in the canoe, go down river for about another 15mins and dock again at the park.* Eat your packed lunch and cidar/donuts there.* That is about 50% thru.* Your stop is 15-20mins after the 4th bridge.

    Finally, things to pack... get some kid sippy cups.* They are great for your beverage.* If you drop them in the canoe or the water, they don't spill or gain water.* Also, pack a cooler and use a bungee or strap to keep closed, that way if you tip over you don't loose your stash.* Also, pack your wallet, keys, cell phones, cameras in zip locks.*

    Beyond that, have fun.

    Skip's Huron River Canoe
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    3780 Delhi Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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    -Chris
    aka Gas Man

    "Why pay somebody else to fuck up your bike?"
    "Custom don't bolt on!"

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    Default Re: Canoeing

    You should have poted that as a trip.* Some of us would have gone.

    I would like to go next time.
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