Minnesota has a lot of lakes. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least eight lakes within only a few miles of our house in the city. They’re everywhere.
Minnesota is known as The Land of 10,000 Lakes, but the official count of lakes more than ten acres (40,000 m²) in size is approximately 11,842. All but four Minnesota counties contain at least one natural lake. Minnesota’s shoreline from its lakes and rivers provide more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
– Source: Wikipedia
So yeah. Quite a bit of water here. We’ve talked about getting a canoe for a while, but finally decided it was time. Seth found a used one for sale this summer and we bought it. It’s big, orange, and awesome.
For its inaugural trip, we got up early on a Sunday morning and took it over to a chain of lakes in town. We put in on Calhoun, took the channel over to Isles, took the next channel to Cedar, and paddled around until we found a nice little secluded park for a picnic.
As far as we know, our canoe didn’t yet have a name. So we brought a bottle of champagne with us for the naming ceremony. We dubbed it the “E.S. Nancy Francis,” after our grandmothers. Nickname “The Orange Menace.” A dribble of champagne was poured over the bow. The rest was poured into our tummies.
We’re so excited about our new canoe. We’ve already taken it out a few times and even watched fireworks from the middle of a lake on the 4th of July. That was quite lovely.
Yippee for close-to-home adventuring!