Family Vacations, Summer 1996
With a canoe as your Sherpa, camping gets a five-star rating
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When Kai Wiesner-Hanks reached voyageur age (six weeks), his parents set off with him on a four-day canoe trip in northern Wisconsin’s Sylvania Recreational Area. Kai rode in a car seat, swaddled with flotation foam. Protected from splashes by a tarp duct-taped to the gunwales, the contented baby slept four hours out of every five.
Granted, Kai’s dad is Neil Wiesner-Hanks, executive director of the North American Paddlesports Association-and mom (Merry) is a seasoned canoeist. But isn’t that taking the concept of family canoe-camping to extremes? “Well,” says Neil, “the Indians did it.”
The Wiesner-Hanks didn’t let a few details like children ground them, and neither should you. Even the youngest children can be accommodated, and older kids can contribute (or at least think they can). A three-year-old can “paddle” with a stick picked up from shore, while a ten-year-old can actually propel or steer a canoe. Canoe-camping offers all the luxuries of
Copyright 1996, Outside magazine