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Sigurd Olson…

I came upon this blog which I wrote quite a while ago. It got to me to the point that I had to share it with you again.

movement of a canoe is like a reed in the wind. Silence is part of it,
and the sounds of lapping water, bird songs, and wind in the trees. It
is part of the medium through which it floats, the sky, the water, the
shores….There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a
canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace.
The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness, and of a freedom
almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to
waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding
satisfactions. When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that
canoes have ever known.”
~Sigurd Olson

Olson is one of my all time favorite thinkers/writers/canoists. Every one of his books grace my bookshelves. The canoes I have owned, lived in, crashed in rapids and paddled with my family are among my most treasured memories.

It was with sheer delight that I came upon this Olson quote in north-woods, an always thoughtful blog. And a happy August day to you!

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One response to “Sigurd Olson…

  1. nwc August 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Yet another point of connection between us. Sigurd Olson has been a profound influence upon me. I too own all of his books. It is always a treat to find another who appreciates him.

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