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Adventurer Personalities | Canoe Vibes | Two Types of Thrill Seekers

Fetching a Pail of Water: Two Types of Thrill Seekers

I got off work early and went for a run along our local waterway. While wrapping up my run – after a depressing chest cramp reminded me that twenty-five is not the new eighteen, I crossed paths with an interesting young couple carrying an inflatable tandem kayak to the base of the severely flooded bayou.

People carrying kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards naturally spark my interest. I make it a challenge to myself to rattle off the make and model before the boat gets close enough to get a good look. But this was different. Instead of my attention focusing on the boat, my attention was fully focused on reeling my lower jaw back into its closed and upright position. There is no way these noobs were going to try to paddle this flash flood, right?

Here is some perspective. Over the last four days, central Texas has been slammed by rain about as bad as this city has seen since Hurricane Ike in 2008. The rain has since filled up all of the rivers, lakes, and bayous. This water, now landed, is en route through South Texas – and through Houston – to its final beach bash in the Gulf of Mexico. The city – while good at producing heartbreaking sports moments and even better at whipping up a hearty plate of Tex-Mex food – is about as good at flood control and water drainage as Kanye West is at conceding defeat.

This brings us back to the overly ambitious couple, the couple that too few ‘we-know-what-we’re-doing’ beams were radiating off of.

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Old Town Next | Canoe Vibes | Canoeing and Kayaking Hybrid Boat Review

The Space Between A & B: Old Town NEXT Review

In society today, we’re dealing with a problem of epic proportions.

Well, not really. I’ve just always wanted to say that because of the irony involved in epic proportions being a huge problem in society. You see, when you read that the first time, you probably thought I was going to announce the proportionally enormous problem in the next sentence when instead I went and slipped in the back door with the normal-sized problem related to actual proportions.

Poor syntax comedy aside, I’ll scale back the enormity of the giant cheeseburger of an issue in question and get to the real beef I’ve got with society.

Beef: Why does everything have to be so damn mutually exclusive?

As I get older, wiser-ish, and continually more out of shape, I’ve started to realize that as society flushes me through life like a load of laundry on the super cycle, everything I do and every decision I make labels me into one of society’s mutually exclusive categories. It’s simple and seemingly well defined; you’re either A or you’re B. Once you’ve been labeled A or B, we will go from there and see if you’re either X or Y. However, there’s no AB combo and definitely no switching to Y once you sign on with X.

This labeling-people-into-mutually-exclusive-classifications thing as a way to identify people doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Why can’t I be in the middle of the clearly defined A and B labels?

Socially, you may catch me (A) swimming in neon lights and closing down the bar like the lead singer of my own Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque band on Saturday night and then (B) reading Malcolm Gladwell books on Sunday morning. Financially, I (A) listen to Dave Ramsey’s conservative debt free finance podcasts five times a week then I’ll (B) go and put $250 worth of accessories on my $400 cooler. Politically, I (A) believe that free markets and individual achievement are the primary factors behind economic prosperity. However, you better believe I’ll (B) vote against an open carry gun proponent and move to Canada when downtown Houston turns into the OK Corral.

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Grab and Go Canoeing | Canoe Vibes | How to Make Paddling Local

Grab and Go: A New Thought Process

Canoe trips don’t just happen.

My trips may come off as an overnight success. The Instagram post, scattered Snapchat stories, and the resulting trip report on this mediocre attempt at a blog do no justice to the work that goes into the journey. Once you consider the preparation, the full day spent on the water, and the equally long burden of cleaning up and storing the gear, it is usually a two or three-day ordeal.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a very welcomed ordeal I look forward to as a break from reality. I’m all for working hard and selflessly wasting the limited amounts of free time I have for the experience on the water. Between a full-time job, a group of friends rivaling a real life Hank Jr. song, and a disposable income column of my budget that I seem to be in a perpetual game of Hide and Seek with, canoe trips are no gimme.

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More Bite Than Bark: The Little River Trip Report

More Bite Than Bark: The Little River Trip Report

Practicing the art of contentment is not one of my specialties. I’m more of a practitioner of pushing it too far then resorting to my overused and self-developed art of figuring out how the hell to get out of the hole that naturally dug me. I get it. Patience isn’t a flower that grows in everyone’s garden. But man, I sure missed out on those seeds while growing mine.

In optimistically planning our training runs, we saw no trouble in scheduling a 75+ mile paddle over two days on a section of a central Texas river that was not only unscouted and never before paddled by us, but it also was a river that was seemingly nonexistent on paddling forums and unheard of in multiple outfitter’s internal database of experience and knowledge.

But hey, we’re pretty much professionals after our three months in the endurance canoe game, right? What could go wrong?

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A Long Portage:

We're back after a really long portage. What used to be a roadtrip-centric canoe blog is now a bit more settled in the Texas Hill Country. We still believe canoeing is dated, not dead. And we still chase high CFS and sticky situations.

But we're not on a roadtrip battling for cell service from the backseat of the Jeep anymore. We're enjoying life off the road. The showers, hot meals, and stable jobs are nice too.

If the paddling road trip is what you're looking for, it's moved here.



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