I. Attention-getter: 75 miles, 9 days, countless lakes and portages. These are the ingredients for the trip of a lifetime to the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada.
II. State topic: Being stuck in a canoe in the middle of the wilderness may not necessarily be people’s ideas of a great time, but it is an incredible experience that everyone needs to do at least once.
III. Establish importance: This type of canoe trip is difficult, but it is possible and it is worth it.
IV. Establish credibility: I completed this trip over the past summer, and looking back at it there are certainly some things I would have loved to be aware of going into it, that may not have been told us for a reason.
V. Preview key ideas: There are a few tips I would like to share with you before you pack your bags and rush off into the wilderness, these include some basic information about your canoe, the infamous portages you will experience, and the most important part about a trip like this, the people you share it with.
The first and largest obstacle you encounter when on a canoe trip is naturally canoeing itself. You could sit in the canoe for hours on end aimlessly paddling to the next destination, at times it seems you will never reach that next campsite as the lakes stretch on and on and on. The simple process of placing the paddle in the water and propelling the canoe forward is not the problem, in fact that is probably the easiest part to this whole experience.
A. Your canoe is the mode of transportation for week, and caring for your transportation is vital. Would you prefer to travel in a car with more air in the left-side tires than the right-side, making an unbalanced vehicle? No ...
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... of the matter is you can paddle through that lake, and finish that long walk. And nothing feels better than laying in your tent at night after a long day and drifting to sleep with the sounds of the loons all around you. Those are the memories you remember most, the lakes will pass, and the portages will only seem a short walk with time. The gorgeous imagery and sounds or that untouched wilderness stay with you along with the people you were there with. That is what really matters.
II. I am chomping at the bit to get back and immerse myself in the perfect wilderness again. There is something unnaturally incredible about canoeing on a lake as still as glass only interrupted by the dip of your paddle, surrounded by land never disturbed by humans. Never pass up an opportunity to take this trip, it is a magical experience that I would not trade for the world.
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