Toronto Mountain Equipment Co-op Paddlefest a Huge Success

Monday, 16 June 2008
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MEC Paddlefest

It's over for another year and another great success. Over the years, I have been to quite a few different symposiums and this one ran as smooth as the best of them.

The weekend was quite an adventure on the weather front. Friday night, a huge thunderstorm rolled into town right after all the beach tents and boats were set up causing a couple of tents to get broken and boats blown into the water. Except for the tents, no real damage was done but they basically had to start over again setting up...

MEC Paddlefest

It's over for another year and another great success. Over the years, I have been to quite a few different symposiums and this one ran as smooth as the best of them.

The weekend was quite an adventure on the weather front. Friday night, a huge thunderstorm rolled into town right after all the beach tents and boats were set up causing a couple of tents to get broken and boats blown into the water. Except for the tents, no real damage was done but they basically had to start over again setting up.

Saturday the weather was fantastic but Sunday there were several large thunderstorms throughout the afternoon causing several of the on-water sessions to get cancelled.

I was I was there to lead a map and compass session as well as several on-water sessions in the afternoon.

Again, I got to use my classic groaner joke that I use to open all of my navigation seminars, "I'm so glad that you were able to find your way to my clinic and didn't get lost." It never fails to make me laugh but sadly, I can't say the same for the audience.

As I mentioned on Friday, I was scheduled to teach a Greenland session with Dubside. That turned out to be a pile of fun. We didn't get a chance to meet before hand as we were both to busy so we talked for about 40 seconds before the session started. In the end, it worked out really well because really, who was in that session to see me talk? Nobody, that's who.

I wasn't able to attend on Sunday because I was running around with my kids at the annual Fathers Day Family Brunch. So I was able to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms.

Special thanks to Mountain Equipment Co-op for putting the day together.

Also, I am waiting for a couple of photos from my friend Liz as my camera was commandeered by my wife on Saturday to get some photos of the kids at the park.

The scheduled photo shoot didn't happen as our oldest; Emily (7) was running under the park equipment and didn't duck low enough. You know where the story goes. 5 hours in the emergency ward and 2 staples in the head later everybody was back home. Of course, I was out on the water when it all happened so I missed the excitement of sitting in the hospital.

On the good side, my daughter is one step closer to being a robot and with the highly anticipated Pixar movie; Wall-E coming out very soon, the timing couldn't have been better in her eyes.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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