This canoe has made many journeys down the St. Croix River loaded with food, kids, and adults. Despite one tipping accident when we lost a cooler of food and my Minolta 35m camera, no-one was hurt. Memories: lunching on sandbars, swimming in the river, being towed behind a boat during a dangerous storm, racing for shore to escape rain and lightening, introducing a grandchild to canoeing for the first time, gliding down the river in a flotilla with friends, canoeing Minnehaha Creek when the water was high, being the lone canoeist during an early morning ride, and countless other trips in Minnesota. Now the canoe is way too heavy for Jim and me to hoist it easily atop our car or portage when necessary. Can't seem to let go of it so it sits in our backyard as a memorial to our canoeing adventures. I suppose we could sell it!