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An early morning paddle - my version of paradise.
Art by Gordy Blair
Born to Canoe
An avid Canoeist since I was old enough to
hold a paddle in my hands, I have discovered the quiet, romantic beauty
of roaming about
on backcountry lakes or floating down miles of rivers.
Born and raised in Michigan, "Cedar Moon" depicts the early
morning hours spent paddling on Blue Lake, located in the northern
part of the state.
During my teenage youth, as others slept in the
warmth of the cabin I would venture out in the morning darkness to
paddle Dad's old "Arrowhead" cedar and canvas canoe. Ah, this was my
escape! Perched atop a severely worn cane woven seat with fishing gear lying
across the wood planking under my feet, I was free to explore the magical,
morning wonders of nature
- my personal version of paradise.
There was nothing to compare of the damp chill and the refreshing,
wonderful scent of water and cedar in the air before dawn. My soul was
always touched with the eerie waking call of a Loon far across the water.
And as nature would allow it, once again the sun would
make it's grand entrance, promising yet another fine day out on the