I have very fond (and some not so fond) memories of canoeing as a child. As a sea scout, every summer during camp we would paddle on the lake and take overnighters on the local rivers. After reading Let Them Paddle, Kovas was inspired to head out to my parents' house and salvage an old fiberglass canoe. With a little epoxy and some paint, the canoe was good to go.
Kovas' view from the stern
On Memorial Day we hoisted the canoe on top the car, packed up the kids and headed for the DuPage River East Branch. A "scenic float trip for families with young children" sounded perfect for our maiden voyage. With very little current (except for some minor "rapids" as the kids called them), we paddled upstream and back down. The trees along the river provided pleasant shade from the sun and heat. We saw some birds and other wildlife including an otter. Everyone enjoyed our family foray into canoeing - only real complaint was that the older 3 all wanted to paddle - time to look for a second canoe:). All in all a pleasant trip and nice way to end the long weekend!