How I Spend My Summer Vacations: Real Gear for the Real World
Algonkians and Iroquois used the canoe as a form of transportation. Native peoples and fur traders could travel from the Atlantic coast through the Great Lakes region all the way to Manitoba and James Bay. In my province there are more than 250 000 lakes and this makes for one of the greatest ancient natural transportation systems in the world. In the wilderness the quality of your gear is paramount. For one week of canoeing Nancy and I each take: 1 pair long pants, 1 shorts/swim suit, 2 short sleve shirts, 1 long sleve shirt, 3 underwear, 3 socks, 1 fleece, 1 hat, 1 rain jacket, 1 boots, 1 1940s motorcycle belt and 1 sandal. That's it for clothing so your clothes better be good. This trip I took my new 1970s Herman's boots I bought on Ebay a few months back. They were incredible. The boots have great summer traction and ankle support for portaging..but they dry out quickly and are warm and comfortable.