The Suitcase Lady


June 23, 2009, 10:33 pm

My husband and I have been searching for a canoe for the last 13 years. We have yet to find our dream boat.

Our failure in the canoe purchasing department is undoubtedly because we are searching for an old, used, beat up canoe with a top price of $100.

Friends and neighbors have been very helpful in “asking around”. Apparently, no such canoe exists. People who own ancient canoes cherish them.

Why, you might ask, are we being such cheapskates about our top price? Summer is very short in Wisconsin and there are few months when canoeing is possible. On top of that, we want to canoe in Lake Michigan, our front yard. If we get that ideal summer day, and if it is not a day I have to work, and if the big lake isn’t all riled up with giant waves, then we would have a perfect day for a canoe. This trifecta of events will only occur a few times each year. Investing in some Gander Mountain or Cabela’s jillion dollar, yuppie canoe is, in our opinion, insanity.

But, couldn’t we get more use out of a canoe if we transported it to inland lakes, you might ask? “Yes”, would be our reply, but only if we had a vehicle to transport said canoe. My wee Hyundai Accent and my husband’s 20 year old Miata convertible aren’t up to the task.

So if you’re reading this and find our dream canoe and you’re not in some distant place like California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland or Tijuana, then give us a call. We’ll rent a truck.

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