June 26: National Canoe Day

canoeJune 26 is National Canoe Day! Now, I’ve honestly only been in a canoe a handful of times, but each time has been really great (except for the time I accidentally dunked a new teacher when I was in junior high — long story!). Now, however, I live near the Au Sable River in Michigan, home of the Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon (120 miles overnight, 14-19 hours, no stopping), and, let me tell you, you live here, you learn about canoes.

canoes on the Au SableOf course, given how much I enjoy canoeing , that’s not much of a hardship.

National Canoe Day isn’t about winning a race though, unless you really want to. It’s a day for all of us, skilled and not so much to get out on the water and enjoy canoeing. Just make sure to grab the sunscreen, or you’ll hate yourself tomorrow!

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Psalm 46:4

lake-with-canoe-and-mountains-in-fallP.S. Although most of the days I write about here are in the U.S. or global, the “national” in National Canoe Day actually refers to Canada. In fact, in 2007 a CBC radio vote named the canoe as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada.

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