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Canoe ballet and solo canoeing are one of Becky Mason's favourite paddling subjects. Wooden Canoe Heritage Association and the Canoe Museum is a favourite too . Becky is a filmmaker and the instructional paddling dvd is highlighted on Becky Mason site. There are many people who write about canoeing Kevin Callan and others. Becky Mason is a superb canoe instructor and has made two films on paddling instruction. Becky Mason has a love of the wooden canoe. Her canvas wooden canoe is featured in her Classic solo Canoeing instructional videos. The dvds are lovely to watch and learn from because it teaches you how to enjoy the Canadian wilderness. You see the Canadian canoe in action spinning effortlessly on quiet water lakes which in Canada is called flatwater. Throughout Becky Mason's website she has tips and facts about canoes and paddles. Becky specializes in her Classic Solo Canoeing courses it's excellent instruction for paddling the Canadian canoe. To paddle a canoe well you'll want to take a paddling lesson or you may want to pick up a copy of Becky Mason's instructional canoe video. The on-line gift store offers canoeing dvds. Take the time to view Becky Mason on-line video trailer you will like it the superb instruction and underwater photography!
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Wearing Many Hats

Tilley Endurables recently approached me to try out some of their new hats. I couldn't resist, so I took two hats with me to Temagami, Ontario for a gorgeous late September canoe trip. It was typical fall weather: cold, windy and wet with some warm sunny breaks and clear crisp cold nights too.  

Image © Reid McLachlan

I loved pretty much everything about those two hats on that trip. On the portage the LTM2 Tilley Airflo® Nylamtium® Hat was as light as a feather and not clammy. When the rain pounded down It held its' brim and had a surprisingly dry feeling. How does Tilley do that? My husband Reid's Tilley cotton hat was cold, heavy and stiff and of course was hanging on a tree to dry at the end of the day but my new Airflo was on my head! It felt light and dry and I was happy as could be.

As the sun dropped and the temperature dipped I got out the TTW2 tec-wool hat. It had been a long day on the Sturgeon River running,

Image © Reid McLachlan

lining and portaging rapids, and as the temperature cooled those ear flaps were great! It was also so cozy during the evening and perfect for those frosty, misty mornings too.

I knew that it must be a good hat when my husband Reid grabbed it and tried to stuff it on his head. Sorry big guy 7 1/8" won't fit you no matter how hard you try. I got my new prized hat back and settled it back on my head and luxuriated in the warmth. It aced our fall trip! My head has never felt so comfy and protected from the elements. I think, to keep the peace,  Reid might be getting a TTW2 tec-wool hat Tilley Endurables for Christmas.

Image © Reid McLachlan

When winter arrives I can also see myself wearing this stylish woolly Tilley to gallery openings and shows downtown. Not only that, but in the past people have laughed at my escapades on the ski trails, what with my wide brimmed summer Tilley hat on with my chin strap firmly in place zipping through the spring snow. Now I can't wait to try out the TTW2 tec-wool hat on the back country trails of the Gatineau Hills. Pure poetry it will be.

Paddle on Tilley Endurables!

Image © Reid McLachlan

Image © Reid McLachlan

Many thanks to Tilley Endurables for supplying me with gear that makes it easier to do what I do.