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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Geek on the Water

by Ken Newquist / May 12, 2008

 Jordan and I canoeing on the Bushkill Creek.

Jordan and I went canoeing on the Bushkill River on Mother's Day as part of an effort to get Jordan, Luke and our friends Jess and Dylan's two-year-old twins used to the idea of being in a boat. We started off putting all four kids in the boat, and then Sue and Jess dragged them up and down the brook for a while (exceedingly cold work, given that it was only about 70 degrees out, the water was far colder, and they were standing in it). Once the little kids had had their full of the water, I took Jordie out in the (slightly) deeper water. The water was about two feet deep in this picture, giving us just enough clearance to go paddling.

The dent you see in the side of the canoe is not from me; rather it's a legacy of a disastrous family canoing trip on the Delaware River when I was a kid that ended with said canoe colliding with a rather rock after our first encounter with rapids. The canoe is in good shape in spite of its Titanic moment, and Sue and I have had it out on the Delaware a bunch of times, though not much since the kids were born.

We're looking to change that now that Jordan's five, and better able to handle herself on the water. She did really well on Sunday, listening to my instructions and not rocking the boat. With any luck, we'll get to take the canoe out again later this summer.

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SLOWWWW runnin' waterrrrr... no more dents for you!

Good to see the geek offspring exposed to real world activities. I need to make sure that happens in my command center too.

Great picture, cheers,


Actually, the water gets pretty fast in parts -- the first time I tried paddling into deeper water, the current plus a breeze nearly pushed us onto the rapids. It just goes to show that even a small amount of running water can be surprisingly strong if you're not prepared for it (and even if you are).

But anyway ... yeah, it was great to get out on the water again. I'd like to try the Bushkill again later this summer; there's a dam further down stream, so we can't go all the way to the Delaware without portaging at least once (that'd be fancy canoe-speak for carrying the canoe out of the water to go around an obstacle) but there's probably a good half-hour of canoing we could do before reaching the dam, and it would be an even better test run for the Delaware.

When are you going to get that thing moving? I envision some aerodyamic stilts underwater with giant fan-motor in the back and some trolling motors to get it going. Imagine, the first canoe to hydrofoil conversion. You could be famous.