Canoeing in the Adirondacks in 1986

In August of 1986, I got together with my three best friends from college to go canoeing in the St. Regis Canoe Area in upstate New York. I had just gotten my first SLR camera with interchangeable lenses; I think I took rolls 2 and 3 on the trip. This in addition to not being a terribly experienced canoeist, either. But we had a great time over the four-day trip. (Or was it five? I don’t remember.)

After the storm
Of course we had one late afternoon gullywasher during the trip. But the lighting afterward was pretty unusual. That’s the Ott Lake Rambler and his soon-to-be wife in the canoe.

Then my backpack blew up.
Before we left we had to sort out all the gear and food. Boy, was I young then.

If you’re curious, here’s the whole set (all five photos) on Flickr.


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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8 Responses to Canoeing in the Adirondacks in 1986

  1. songdogmi says:

    Yeah, that’s for sure. Or at least younger.

    I kind of miss those days, except I think I’d take things a little easier now so it would cool to try some things again, like have another canoe trip.

  2. changeling72 says:

    Wonderful photos. The first is my favourite – very ethereal.

  3. jjfmi says:

    The canoe shot here makes me want to break out the kayak – December be damned. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Michigan Governor

    What’s this I hear about Michigan community emergency manager/dictators? How’s that goin’ down?

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