The landing above from my last post was built specially for canoes, which, if you've carried one, you know are awkward and heavy to transport. You can just place your canoe on the rails and slide it along beside you up or down the ramp to the water. Wow, I could really appreciate that technology!
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In the late '60s I went on a canoe trip with a group of girls into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota and Canada. We carried all our food and gear for 10 days in, and we carried all our trash back out. These were the days before ultralight equipment and as we portaged from lake to lake, we carried pots and pans, food, hatchets, shovels for latrines, and all our personal belongings in bulky canvas bags called Duluth Packs. We also carried the heavy canoes over rocky, rough portages of up to several miles. Fortunately we didn't have to carry water -- that came straight from the pristine lakes.
The old Duluth packs were heavy before you even put anything inside and items like pots and pans dug into your back with every step you took. Those of us who carried these wore one of the big packs on our backs and our personal pack on the front.
The old Grumman 17 foot canoes we used were warhorses weighing about 75 lbs. The yokes were made for men and didn't fit my narrow shoulders so I was relegated to carrying food and pots 'n pans packs.
A canoe is carried on the shoulders and neck using a yoke.
I think that clever canoe slide at Buck Hill Landing would have made these portages a whole lot easier!