I Believe I’ll Go Canoeing


IMG_6366Nothing says summer more than paddling a canoe across the still waters of a crystalline lake under the hot sun. Along with my husband, two kids and rambunctious dog, I’ve traveled across countless lakes and rivers, spotting deer sleeping in the shadows along the shore, cow and calf moose munching on meadow reeds, and black bears lumbering up tree-lined banks. The slap of a beaver’s tail on the water, the screech of an eagle soaring high above, and the haunting cry of loons echoing across the lake are all part and parcel of a canoe trip.

Our family canoe is a thirty-three year old, 17-foot aluminum Grumman. Battered, tarnished, and dented, it’s been pounded by boulders as we’ve blasted through grade two, white-water rapids, scraped through rock gardens, and dragged up on stony shores. The old canoe even survived falling off the roof of our truck and crashing onto the highway behind us as we raced along at 60 miles per hour.

The kids have grown up and left home, the dog has slowed down, and much like our aluminum canoe’s scratched and weathered sides, my husband and I bear the marks of an adventurous life. At the mere mention of a canoe trip, we readily abandon our soft bed, television, and Facebook friends for aching arms, clouds of mosquitoes and wet feet. It’s all worth it when we navigate through rapids, past untouched, forested hills, and the only sounds of civilization are the laughter and joy filling our souls.

Maybe it’s time to put Pierre Berton’s famous quote to the test, ‘A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping.” Am I, I wonder, a true Canadian?


Ryan Marshall’s kid brother had always been trouble. Now, his brother wants Ryan, ex-DEA agent, to protect the woman he loves from a notorious, Mexican drug cartel.

The second Ryan lays eyes on Hallie Harkins, he knows he’s made a mistake. Hallie’s blonde beauty and stubborn grit tempt him like no woman ever has. It’s all he can do to keep his hands off her…and his heart intact.

Hallie’s worst fears are realized when the man she expects to meet, vanishes. In his place, a disturbingly attractive stranger appears, claiming he’s been sent to protect her. Can she trust him? Or is he working with her pursuers?

Following an attempt on Hallie’s life, she and Ryan join forces, embarking on a perilous mission of danger and desire taking them from rural Montana to the sunny shores of Acapulco Bay, and into the clutches of a ruthless killer.

Will they survive the mission together and find love in each other’s arm

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22 thoughts on “I Believe I’ll Go Canoeing

  1. Ahhh, canoeing! Your post makes me want to grab out old boat and hit the river. We live in the Ozarks and the clear creeks and springs are great places to float. haven;t been able to get away for some time on a float trip, but you inspire me. . . .


  2. What an interesting post. I have never been canoeing, although I love the water and I’ve had several trips on rivers and canals over here, and we were lucky enough to be invited to go out with friends on the lake when my husband and I visited Ohio a couple of years ago. I’m with you about the lack of sounds of ‘civilization’ too, there’s something about the peace and tranquility of the open countryside. ‘My Brother’s Sins’ sounds like a great read too!


  3. I guess I’m not a true Canadian because I’ve never done the deed in a canoe! I’ll stick with drinking coffee at Tim Hortons. Thanks for the wonderful picture you paint with your words.


  4. “A true Canadian…” sounds like a good premise for a novella…thanks for sharing! I haven’t been canoeing yet this summer, but you’ve inspired me for sure.

    Love the sound of your story – need to add it to my reading list.


  5. You brought back fond memories of Girl Scout camp with this post! I loved canoeing and once had a date who thought it would be fun to try to scare me by rocking a canoe. He wasn’t laughing when I flipped it and purposely swamped the canoe. I had to drag it and him to shore–with the oars properly placed inside, of course. LOL!


  6. I enjoyed both “My Brother’s Sins” and your canoe blog post. As to wether or not I am a “True Canadian”…. I’ll never tell….hee hee…at least not on here.


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