Giv­ing Ca­noe-Camp­ing a try this sum­mer

Guard of Honour - - NEWS - MARTY RAY­MOND CFSU (O) Fit­ness & Sports In­struc­tor and Pro­fes­sional Wilder­ness Guide

Some­times it's hard to ex­plain in words the rea­sons why we should try ca­noe-camp­ing, but here's my at­tempt to do so with a list of ben­e­fits:

to wake up ev­ery morn­ing, and be gen­uinely happy to start the day

to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new ev­ery sin­gle day that most peo­ple will never get to ex­pe­ri­ence

to get good, healthy ex­er­cise to breathe in clean air to ap­pre­ci­ate what we have in life

to sit and con­tem­plate in si­lence

to for­get about the pres­sures and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ev­ery­day life

to en­joy the small things — such as leaves blow­ing in the wind

to re­ally feel alive

to learn valu­able lessons in life, which some­times can­not be learn tin any other way

to learn re­spect for the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and ev­ery­thing that is it

to be amazed by the com­plex­ity of a seem­ingly sim­ple life

to re­ally un­der­stand what it's like to be cold to test our lim­its to gain ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for the amaz­ing power of na­ture

to fi­nally get to the end of the portage and re­al­ize that it was worth all the pain

to see stars that are never vis­i­ble in the city

to see sun­sets that can never be done jus­tice in a pho­to­graph

to pad­dle across a lake that is as smooth as glass, sur­rounded by fall colours

to go to bed ex­hausted, but happy

to sleep more soundly than thought pos­si­ble

to learn who we truly are

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