Last year I discussed the possible trips that I could undertake as a substitute for the trip to Tuscany which was cancelled due to Covid. One consideration was paddling from Rocky Mountain House to Cumberland House along the North Saskatchewan River and the Saskatchewan River, a journey of approximately 1450km. In the end, due to my procrastination, I didn't get my act together and I ended up doing two short hikes along the Athabasca Pass Trail instead. This year, after experiencing concerns about my age, my ability and the possible difficulties, I have started planning to paddle from Rocky Mountain House in late May or early June. So far I have approached a canoe company for some help with a spray deck that will allow me to paddle sitting on the bow seat facing towards the stern, a position that provides much more steering control. I've looked at the reviews for dehydrated and freeze dried foods and identified the brand that I think will be the best. I've started a Google Group so that I can send out group emails to let the group members know when I have made a new post to my Hazel's Helper blog. I have found someone who has volunteered to pick me up at the end of the trip or at any time that I need to cut my journey short for whatever reason. I have discovered that SaskPower will transfer me and my equipment around the two dams that they have on the river in Saskatchewan. Good progress but there is still much planning to be done - equipment list, food list, clothing list and buying everything that is still needed.
I'll keep you posted as my planning progresses.
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