Email This Page to a FriendJust Be, In a Boat
December 11, 2012
On a remote lake, deep in the famed North Woods of Thoreau country, a family discovers a space and time that's all too rare in our modern world.
– Okay, guys, we’re going to walk down this old logging road, which is not a designated trail, but we can make our way in there, and I stashed a canoe in there you’re going to use. A lot of times you see a moose in there. If you don’t see a moose, sometimes you’ll see an osprey or a marsh hawk, or a deer, something pretty cool, so it’s a beautiful area. So that’s where we’re going. You see these white flowers in the water?
– [Steve] Yeah.
– When you paddle by them, make sure you pick one and smell it, it’s the sweetest smelling thing in the north woods. It’s a water lily, northern water lily. So you can paddle up this way, and use these little channels and these little, kind of, logans and what we call bogans up here. You can probably paddle for almost a mile up there. It’s pretty interesting even if you don’t see a moose. But try to be as quiet as you can. â™« I’m gonna sit right here â™« Under this tree
– Smell it.
– [Steve] How does it smell?
– It smells sweet. â™« And just be â™« Just be â™« I’m gonna stay in the shade â™« Here for a while â™« Right here in the shade â™« For a while â™« And if trouble comes to find me â™« I’ll just lay back and smile
– [Steve] I’ve been looking for a place to take my kids, a place that’s remote and where we can hike and climb mountains and swim in streams and maybe trout fish, where we can just show up with the boat, put it on the beach, and it’s there, waiting, ready, any time we want to go out. A place where the kids can play and swim, and when the wind is just right, they can take the boat out, off somewhere across the horizon that they’ve never been before, and have that uncertain feeling of not knowing exactly where you’re going or what’s going to be there when you get there. â™« Yeah just listen to the song â™« On the breeze â™« Just listen to the song â™« Singing on the breeze â™« That’s just the universe â™« Through the cottonwood leaves
– I love to just come up here and hear the water lapping on the shore. If you’re lucky enough to hear the loons at night. I just love the quiet.
– She caught her first trout, ever.
– I caught my first trout. I didn’t think I wanted to catch fish. I always just kind of went fishing with him, and watched him fish. â™« I’m gonna sit right here I like it, I might be hooked. â™« Under this tree â™« Sit right here â™« Under this tree â™« And just be â™« Just be â™« Just be â™« Just be
– [Don] This is an environment where intimacy grows very quickly and people are always relaxed. They’re their best selves at a place like this. It’s a quiet place, and quiet is something that’s getting hard to find.
– [Steve] So we found our place, and it’s always amazing to me how great a small boat is at bringing us close to the natural world. Perhaps the best thing about boats is the way they bring us close together with the people we love, and keep us right in the moment to just be.
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