count down to canoe days. i went yesterday with old pigeon paddler. earlier in the week he forced me into cleaning and painting the sled and with the starboard side finished we dipped oar paddles yesterday. the water is roughly 3 degrees c and at its clearest for the year, ice still floats on the north end of the lake. we found a beached log that clay wanted to tow home for some wood working but she didn't make the trip, we lost her about 1 km from port due to old and brittle rope. a couple beers, a few darts and some sunshine, a successful maiden voyage none the less.