Ode to Scratching the Snot Out of Your Canoe
Years ago, I worked for a guy who had an obsession against setting a canoe on the ground. He believed there were two places for a canoe. One was in the air not touching the ground, and the other was in the water. He’d wade out into the water, place the canoe on it and then proceed to load the canoe while standing in the water. He’d do it just to make sure he didn’t scratch the bottom of the canoe. He went so far as coming up with an eye-rolling but pithy saying about it. Then he printed t-shirts with the saying.
That’s not how I am.
I like to take my canoes and kayaks into areas with rocks. It’s challenging. It’s fun. Without doing so, there’s no way to explore the seldom explored.
And guess what, you are going to scratch your canoe.
Guess what? I scratch my canoe and I don’t care.
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