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PostPosted: May 7th, 2013, 10:43 pm 
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Great post Hoop_. Thanks.


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PostPosted: May 9th, 2013, 4:56 am 
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Quiet is an important part of solitude. Although i have been botheres twice by other campers radios ot loud talking across a lake,barking dogs, and the occasional airplane,the worse thing in the ADKs where i go is the loud unmuffeled motorcycles that are becomming more common. On a quiet night,it's amasing how far into the wild you can hear them.
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PostPosted: May 9th, 2013, 8:59 am 
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Gotta agree, that was one of the best pieces of writing recently... thanks Hoop!

Sheesh, I miss the old days...

Anyway, back to pishing... (not fishing)...

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Thanks for those kind words Krusty and FT! :D

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PostPosted: May 10th, 2013, 10:26 pm 
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Solitude when canoeing is simply an extension of the relative solitude, or solitariness, of most of my non-canoeing life. I have always been a solitary person since my earliest awareness. To seek out groups when paddling would be contrary to my primary nature.

Of course, I have paddled with groups and used to be a very active trip leader, primarily for whitewater trips. Even so, in hard rapids you are always alone, no matter how many other paddlers are in your group. Paddling hard whitewater has a very real aspect of solitary self-reliance.

That all said, I really don't need to go to remote places to get the feeling of paddling solitude. I just need to go around the bend from the road and houses, or go a few hundred yards into the swamp. To me, solitude is more a mental thing than a geographic thing. I don't have to drive far or fly in on float planes to find it.


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