Ole Redd is my 40 plus year old, fiber glass and wood canoe. I proudly brought home nearly 10 years ago, from the last day of a moving sale I happened to come across by chance, or maybe it was fate.
I grew up on dirt roads, barefooted, swimming in creeks and lakes that are tucked in among the Jersey Pine Barrens. To poor for cable and wtf were video games? I hadn’t a clue (I don’t think we even had a tv till in was 8 or 9?), even in the late 70s and early 80’s, of course no ac, and well its just what you did when I was a kid. Other than the drive in, the woods and creeks were the summertime thing, you asked to go, you begged!
Im 39 (just this month), incase you were wondering lol
And Ole Redd here is one of my finest treasures.
Heavy as hell he is, sun faded and wearing a small patch,
he carries my littlest son, husband and I down Cedar Creek nearly every weekend. Even in the earliest months when winter chooses to take a day off and out of no where its sunny and 70 out in March!
From time to time we have traveled other lakes and creeks, rivers and streams but Cedar Creek is “home” only minutes from our house we can jump in along the creek in various spots, and pull out in just as many different places, a trip can run 2 hours or 6 if we so choose.
Out at the Lake (Lake Oswego Penn Sate Forest NJ)
is a second favorite place we haul Ole Redd with us.
I wish everyday was a day I could go paddling.
People always tell us to get rid of the canoe for a Kayak but
Ill never be a Kayak Person, its like Apples and Oranges to me. The same but different.
And I’m set in my ways.
Rain or Shine we’ll hit the water. Its more than a hobby, its good for the soul.
The view, the smells, the sounds, renew me. They Inspire me.
I just started to make a stainless steel Charm bangle set for myself (and a few for my etsy store).
I can not wait to add this to the bunch of bangles Ive made for myself,
so many I sound like wind chimes when wearing them all!