|IPC Annual Dinner|| Special Feature:
La Salle: Expedition II
|Safety and Education||Advocacy|
|Access & Water Trails Development||"Paddling" Fun|
Annual Meeting, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Presentation - Saturday, October 22
Location - Warren Tavern , located at 3S540 Second Street, Warrenville, Illinois
Time - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner - various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, no alcoholic beverages available
Cost - $20.00/person
Photo display of selected Ralph Frese canoes and kayaks from his collection
Updates on efforts to develop the Lake Michigan, Kankakee, and Fox River Water Trails.
Paddle into Paddler’s Party
By Don Mueggenborg
What better way to go to the Illinois Paddling Council banquet and meeting than to paddle to the banquet.
The Warren Tavern is on the DuPage River. Pull up to the shore, walk up the hill, and you are there.
Wear your paddling crocs or aquasocks instead of high heels. A PFD instead of a sport coat. With a room full of paddlers, you will be right at home.
Can’t you imagine Julius Warren paddling up from McDowell Woods where his father had claimed some land – stopping at Warrenville and saying “This is where I will start my town.” Then going into the Warren Tavern for some pizza to celebrate.
Well, it probably didn’t happen exactly that way – but no one can prove differently.
At Warrenville Forest Preserve, there is a canoe launch – about a 5-10 minute paddle upstream. If you want a little more action, you can shoot the old dam before you start downstream. Or put in at McDowell Woods and paddle upstream – maybe 20 minutes.
Both of these are forest preserves, so you would have to do a car shuttle ahead of time because the preserves close at dusk.
I wonder if anyone ever paddled into an IPC meeting before.
Weather and water permitting, might be fun.
Photo: Members of La Salle: Expedition II met Aug. 6 at Jackson’s Point north of Toronto for a 40th anniversary reunion. As students and teachers from Chicago suburban high schools, they reenacted in 1976-77 La Salle’s historic canoe journey of 1681-82 from Montreal to the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo credit, Craig Howard)
By Sigrid Pilgrim
Some of you may remember the reenactment of the Marquette & Joliet Expedition by Ralph Frese, which in turn lead to La Salle: Expedition II, a reenactment of the 1681-82 voyage of La Salle from Montreal to the Gulf of Mexico for which Ralph also built the six canoes.
I just received a copy of the book that Craig Howard wrote about LaSalle II and it is such fascinating reading that I could not put it down. Although I am not quite through (it's over 300 pages) since Amazon just delivered it two days ago, I would urge anyone interested in not only history, but also learning more about Ralph, and most importantly, the incredible journey that the crew of seven adults and sixteen teenage boys accomplished, to read this book. Reading about the three-year preparation in the selection of the crew, the interpersonal relationships among the expedition members, and the hardships encountered during this 3,300 mile journey, have left me almost unable to put the book down.
I learned of the book by chance, after PaddlingLife.net published the summary of this year's Des Plaines Marathon event. The book's author, Craig Howard, saw the item and subsequently contacted the editor, who forwarded me his note. I asked Craig how he was able to write this book and here is his response:
"Like the expedition itself, it was a team effort. Many people pitched in to tell their stories. My job was to stitch together their stories, to let them tell it as it was, and to keep the heck out of their way. Many things deserve to be remembered, and this expedition is one of those. Shakespeare's Marc Antony spoke the truth of it in Julius Caesar: 'The good (that men do) is oft interred with their bones.' Expedition II falls into this category."
Postscript: A second book on the LaSalle II Expedition has been written by Lorraine Boissoneault, who will talk about it in a presentation October 20, at the Evanston History Center. See details below.
By Don Mueggenborg
Put two great ways to travel on the water together – paddling and sailing - and you have canoe sailing.
The first time I tried it was almost my last time doing anything.
I had a 16’ canoe made of orange crates – plans from Boys Life. I bought it used and wish I never got rid of it, but that is a different story. It was my first canoe.
My folks had a summer cottage on Wonder Lake.
I got the idea. Found an old bed sheet and some 2 x 2”s, a little rope, and I paddled down to the end of the lake. I had nailed the sheet to a 2 x 2. I tied the second 2 x 2 to the front thwart of the canoe and tied the rope to the sail. Success? Read on here
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