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  1. Checklist of gear for day paddling adventures

    Checklist of gear for day paddling adventures

    Checklist of gear for day paddling adventures
    You wouldn’t consider taking a hike in the forest without carrying a daypack. Not if you’re smart anyway. A pack allows you to carry the essentials that you will definitely need, as well as those items you might if things go wrong for some reason. Better prepared than not, after all. It's the same for when you get on the...
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  2. When outdoors, always filter drinking water

    When outdoors, always filter drinking water

    When outdoors, always filter drinking water
    Think of every movie you’ve ever seen that featured a cowboy, mountain man, explorer or pioneer on the open range, and water. At some point, there’s probably a scene where they kneel down by a creek or river, dip their hand, a cup or even their mouth in the cold, sparking clean, mountain water and take a drink that really...
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  3. Getting help for those lost outdoors

    Getting help for those lost outdoors

    Getting help for those lost outdoors
    Paddlers who embark on any outing, but especially an overnighter, are always told the same thing. File a float plan. It lists things like who is on the trip, what the canoes or kayaks they’re in look like, where and when they got on the water, where and when they expect to get off, cell phone numbers for those on...
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  4. Wildlife watching from the water

    Wildlife watching from the water

    Wildlife watching from the water
    We weren’t the only ones with, well, eagle eyes. Floating downriver in our canoe, we looked to our left and saw, floating on the surface, a dead fish. A smallish carp, it seemed. No sooner had we spotted it then a large shadow loomed over the still water. We looked up and there was a mature bald eagle. It circled...
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