Turning A Find into a Treasure
This past week my uncle contacted me about an old aluminum canoe that was in need of a new home or it was going to the scrap yard. Another aluminum canoe was something I did not need. Buying a canoe without seeing it in person was not something I prefer to do. So, since I did not need another canoe and had not seen it, I offered only a minimal amount of dollars for it. If the canoe became mine…great. If a higher price buyer could be found…that was fine too.
Well, this morning I drove to my uncle and aunt’s home to pick up my “new to me” canoe. Clearly the old canoe had not seen use in recent years. Its finish is oxidized, it was in need of a good cleaning, and the canoe even has a few patches in it. Still, I saw possibilities for the old vessel.
Once home Logan and I spent a couple of hours with a power washer, a sponge, and some elbow grease and we cleaned the canoe up.
Later this afternoon I put it on the water to check for leaks. So far, so good…I think we can make this canoe sea-worthy and certainly worthy of the funds invested in it. For now the grandkids used it for leaf paddling. Next summer they will get a chance to use it on the river. Thanks Larry!
By the way, this canoe has quite a history. A previous owner paddled this canoe from St. Paul to St. Louis three times. Knowing that makes me happy that it was saved from the salvage yard!
After our maiden voyage with the old canoe Logan and I went to Alcock Park to check for colors and to shoot pictures if the scenes warranted. Logan thought the dam was worth photographing, so I photographed him photographing the dam.
I decided to shoot a picture of the dam through the crotch of a tree too.