Of the seven staff members we took on the trip, less then a quarter had been on any real kind of wilderness canoe excursion. After our adventure, however, all seven were set on organizing a more extensive paddle jaunt in the near future. Andy had done his job — he had given the people that are soon to be responsible for managing our natural resources in Ontario some initiative to step away from their blue cubicles and lab tops and get in the field more, to connect with nature like no other professional development day could ever muster up.
I was told that the group went back chatting up the trip and created a real buzz on more canoe trips in the future. Andy definitely made a difference at his work place — and by reading some of the emails I received from the group members of the initial trip, and other employees that wished they had went as well. I wouldn't be surprised if next season's MNR employment canoe trip outing is led by the Minister herself.
Andy borrowed my daughter's favorite camp mug and I promised I wouldn't post a pic of it - sorry Andy.
Andy holds on to the tarp during a brutal storm (a number of tornadoes hit Ontario that night). Yikes!
Andy and I make sure not to show any fear to the new paddlers when the big storm hits.