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Monday, March 14, 2011

Canoecopia 2011

If you went to Canoecopia 2011 to stare in awe at fiberglass kayaks and cedar strip canoes, then the level of gear lust that you experienced easily led to a bit of drooling.

If you took advantage of the abundance of other opportunities at Canoecopia 2011, then likely you succeeded in soaking your shirt with said drool. But all is well, because “I Heart Canoeing” shirts were in ready supply.

Thousands of paddlers nursed their cabin fevers this past weekend in eager anticipation of the spring thaw. The Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, played host to the 30th annual event; the “World’s Largest Paddlesports Exposition.” Hundreds of vendors, dozens of guest speakers and thousands of visitors made this past weekend an unforgettable experience.

We were thrilled to share our weekend with old friends and to help grow the Camp Manito-wish family. A 1966 Canuck camper shared stories of the Quetico. Current campers were counting-down the days until Summer Camp sessions and Outpost trips begin. Parents of alumni expressed their appreciation to Camp Manito-wish for helping their children grow and those who were unfamiliar with Camp Manito-wish were excited to hear about our mission and vision.

We may have left Canoecopia with new gear and thin wallets but we also donned warm smiles and filled our hearts with paddling memories.

Portaging ‘til open water,
Tim Collins

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