Ok, kids it’s time to have a chat about making sure your canoe or kayak is properly secured on the roof of your car before you drive off down the road. It seems that a driver in Atlanta, Georgia didn’t properly tie down the kayak and it promptly blew off the roof of the car and onto the Interstate 75 causing a multi-vehicle accident and sending one woman to the hospital. It could have been a whole lot worse. According to reports, the owner of the kayak will be charged by the police for failing to secure the load.
By secure, I’m not talking about you reaching up through the car window trying to hold the boat down or even using two pieces of yellow rope around the boat. In a pinch the proper canoe or kayak tie-down kit with foam block and straps will work but I suggest spending the cash on a proper roof rack. The boat will be more secure and it’s less likely to shift around in the wind.
If you are at all nervous that you are not securing your boat properly, here is a quick primer to help get you going:
Anybody who thinks this is not the most ridiculous Halloween costume needs to book an appointment with their shrink for a full evaluation pronto.
But if you are the type of person who hates being at the malls with everybody else trying to find that perfect last minute Halloween costume and you have $47 burning a hole in your pocket, now is the time to order.
My friend Graham was digging around through some off-site storage at the Paddle Canada world headquarters when he stumbled upon a box of ancient VHF tapes labelled Canoe Canada. For the young kids out there; VHS was a format long before DVD’s that was good for movie rentals or to record that episode of The Dukes of Hazard you missed because you had to work Friday nights at McDonalds. But I digress...
Not owning an actual VHS player; Graham shipped it off to the closest person he knew who had one which actually happened to be ½ way across the Canada in Alberta. The video was converted over to DVD and uploaded for your viewing pleasure.
Canoe Canada was a ½ instruction ½ canoe promotion video that was funded by Paddle Canada and the Canadian National Search and Rescue Secretariat.
Not sure of the exact date but we figure that Canoe Canada was produced in around the very late 1980’s or early 1990’s so it’s a great opportunity to see some really classic camping and paddling gear. I haven’t seen so much plaid jackets and bushy beards since...well, yesterday since they are both back in style with the cool kids here in Toronto.
Here is the intro below to whet your appetite. When you are done, click through to the Paddle Canada site to see the last three parts. It’s some classic footage indeed.
Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter decided to get closer to nature but since they didn’t have much time they decided to visit their local raging current, The Los Angeles River.
Of course it all doesn’t go as planned and involves running aground, unscouted whitewater runs followed up by a pretty intense swiftwater rescue. In the end they decide to cap a successful day on the river with some freshly cooked wieners by the river bank.
Here is the video for your viewing pleasure:
It looks like Conan and Andy’s wild adventure was more successful than the Canadian band, Twin who were issued tickets for attempting to paddle down the same river back in the winter of 2011. Something happened while the case was working its way through the courts and due to some sort of administrative error, the band were issued bench warrants in the case. That means it’s possible that the band will get arrested if they try to come back into the US of A.
Oh course somebody is looking into getting it sorted out and you can read the whole weird story here. I tend to believe that this is the case of the Hollywood elite (Conan and Andy) putting pressure on the courts to send a message to the public, “Stay away from our amazing waterways. It’s our wilderness.”
The National Maritime Museum has revealed the discovery of what some are saying might be the oldest canoe in the world.
The birch bark canoe was discovered in a barn on a family estate where it has been sitting for over 230 years. Yes, 230 years.
It was originally brought to Britain from Canada by Lt. John Enys after he fought in the American War of Independence in 1776 and has remained on the family estate ever since.
The plan is to restore damaged portions of the canoe then put it on display at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall from late January to September 2011 where it will then be repatriated back to Canada for further research.
The article doesn’t say where the canoe will be going but my guess is that it will end up at the Canadian Canoe Museum as they have a strong research and education department on staff.
Andy Wyke, boat collections manager at the museum said, ''Lt Enys sailed from Falmouth in a packet ship to join his regiment in Canada to relieve the city of Quebec, which was under siege from the Americans. He fought many military campaigns and toured the area for his personal interest – discovering this canoe along the way.
''It's incredible to think its legacy has been resting in a barn in Cornwall all this time."
More information: thisiscornwall.co.uk
Photo credit: thisiscornwall.co.uk