Something about a Canoe...

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Something about a Canoe...canoe

I saw a photo of a canoe today, parked at the edge of a lake waiting for its owner to return, and as with all photos of this favorite form of watercraft, it made me smile and reminisce.

It has been several years since I owed a canoe, my canoe of nearly 40 years disappeared during a nasty eviction episode with some tenants that I am glad to have out of my life.

I had planned to replace it but still have not found the time to make it a priority.  Kind of like my horses that I sold when I was in college, with the thought that I would replace them after I graduated and settled down again.

Unfortunately, neither of these forms of transportation from my youth that bring back such sweet memories, have been replaced.  Maybe they never will be.

Wisconsin CanoeingBack in high school our FFA, Future Farmers of America, group took a trip down the Namekagon River every spring, an event filled with treasured memories.  Roughing it while enjoying camaraderie and adventure.   Often seeing sights that most people never see, scenes that require a seat in a canoe to get the right vantage point to really see them.

One of my other uses for this canoe was in running my traplines where this type of transportation was perfect for carrying my gear as I walked the shore, and very handy when I needed to hop inside to cross a bay or head for another part of the lake.

This experience brought back memories of the early explorers of Wisconsin who traveled all the rivers and lakes of Wisconsin, trapping and trading with the earlier explorers.  Traveling thousands of miles of Wisconsin waterways, getting to know the Native Americans, trading goods, mapping and setting down a few roots, and leaving behind their imprint in the many  towns and landmarks with French names. 

All while traveling in a Canoe.


Later in life I would drag my often-neglected canoe out from behind the shed to take a quick trip down a local river or take my sons on a few treasured canoe trips down familiar and not so familiar rivers. 

All leading to more treasured memories

The world is different when experienced from a canoe.

Gliding silently down forgotten rivers, seeing the unique carvings of eons of water action on the rocks and hills as water makes it’s unending trips from raindrop in the Northwoods to the Gulf of Mexico.

A skilled canoe pilot can make it glide through the water without a sound save a few drips of nearly silent water dripping from the tip of the paddle from time to time.

Just like deer seem to be unafraid of humans when people are astride of a horse, aquatic wildlife seem to be much more accepting of humans when they glide by silently in canoe.canoe

Such a feeling of peace and wonder as you experience the sights while gliding through the early morning fog on your favorite lake or pond.  Visiting up close and personal with the Loons, Geese, Beavers, Otters, and an occasional deer or bear stopping by the edge for a drink and a swim.

Something about the solitude seems to let everyone know that you are not a threat, rather just another creature out to enjoy the solitude of a Wisconsin lake.



Let me know when you are ready to find that secluded Wisconsin getaway where you can enjoy these experiences, we know them well.





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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Bob Crane canoes provide a calming ride on still water.... it's a relaxing moment....

May 25, 2020 02:34 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - your canoe may be gone but it's obvious, to me, your memories of those special times remain vivid.  

May 25, 2020 04:44 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. We had a canoe when I was in Jr. High through most of college. It was stolen before I graduated college. My plan was to replace it someday. That day has not come yet. Enjoy your day!

May 25, 2020 04:55 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Nick... you make the process of conoeing sound very seductive... but as I suffer greatly from motion sickness when on water, I think I might need not given in to this siren song! :)

May 25, 2020 06:06 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing some of your fond memories.

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week.

May 25, 2020 06:58 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was my first taste of boating and I will never forget the freedom and tranquility...

Happy Memorial Day Bob Crane 

May 25, 2020 09:07 AM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob I have never been in a canoe but it is something I do want to try.

May 25, 2020 09:42 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bob- what wonderful memories you have...just loved your post. Larry did not have a canoe but did at one time have about a dozen kayaks. His favorite memory of them was going to the Everglades on a 12 day kayaking trip. Everything you needed had to fit on the kayak. 

May 25, 2020 05:47 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob Crane - we had three canoes when I was growing up.  We built them oursleves cutting ribs from plywood, attaching stringers and covering with cloth and fiberglass resin.  We took them down the Delaware River between PA and NJ.

May 26, 2020 06:52 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

May 30, 2020 06:51 PM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So glad Kathy featured this, I miss so many posts, and I think this is one of your best pieces of writing, it made me want to get into a canoe and go explore. And made me want to come visit and see those sights, and enjoy the nature and experience Wisconsin

May 31, 2020 05:58 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So glad that Kathy Streib featured this post.  It made we want to take a canoe ride, and I do like the quiet feeling of being on the water.  Happy Sunday, A

May 31, 2020 06:28 AM #13
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Bob, great post. While I never owned a canoe, I have fond memories of the canoe's cousins.

As a child and teen, growing up partially in Napa/Lake Berryessa my #1 mode of transportation and freedom was my row boat. Life was so good out on the lake, alone with my boom box and a fishing pole.

As a San Diegan, I learned the joys of ocean kayaking 17 years ago and have taken that sport up as a fun activity with my son when he visits.

I enjoyed your post a lot.

May 31, 2020 09:03 AM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I totally agree with your assessment of how wonderful it can be to canoe. We haven't gone out in our canoes yet this year, but will have to do so soon!

May 31, 2020 12:19 PM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Bob Crane ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! The memories you have are wonderful and you enticed us all to the solitude and tranquility you found. A perfect post to beckon those buyers looking to move to find this lifestyle!

May 31, 2020 12:57 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

WOW! I could feel your love of canoes and canoeing in this post.  I have only been in canoes a couple of times at Disneyland. But they were not on a track and I was able to remember some of what you stated above.  It sounds like you need to do a canoe trip this summer!

May 31, 2020 03:44 PM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Something about a canoe and that way it’s just so simple that you almost forget about it.

May 31, 2020 11:01 PM #18
Sara Conklin
Frozen Pennies - Saratoga Springs, NY
Owner at

I just love this.  Living in the Adirondack mountains, it all sounds very familiar.  There's just something amazing about the water.

Jun 01, 2020 04:35 AM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've never been a fan of being on the water, but I so enjoyed your post. Beautifully written, Bob. Such treasured memories should be shared!

Thank you for sharing them with us!

Jun 01, 2020 12:45 PM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a wonderful post, Bob, and some memorable photos. I haven't been in a canoe in more years than I can remember.

We used to go kayaking on Cape Cod when we had our beach house there. And we enjoyed some wonderful kayaking and snorkeling in Kauai a few years ago.


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