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Wild women and Canoecopia Saturday
Paddlers from all across the Midwest are descending on Madison this weekend for Canoecopia. Danielle Kaeding with WRNC reports.
Some are dreaming of open water as spring draws closer. Paddlers from all across the Midwest are descending on Madison this weekend for Canoecopia. One woman from Washburn is speaking about her canoeing adventure. Danielle Kaeding with Northland College radio station WRNC reports.
Washburn author Julie Buckles will speak about her book "Paddling to Winter." The book chronicles Buckles' 1,700-mile canoe trip from Lake Superior to Wollaston Lake in Canada with her husband, Charly Ray. She says they decided to take the trip for their honeymoon 15 years ago.
"Because we did a multi-season trip, I think people think about the physical toughness, and the physical toughness was never really a challenge for me. It was really physically hard some days. There were some days where Charly and I definitely thought about, 'Maybe this wasn't the best way to spend a year.'"
Buckles says the experience taught her a lot about herself, the landscape and living in the moment. She's een part of a lecture series called "Wild Women". She says Canoecopia is a chance to rub elbows with fellow paddlers.
"It's kind of invigorating to come together and meet with other people who love to do the same kind of thing as passionately as they do. There's different types of paddlers there. There's canoeists and kayakers, but they ultimately share some kind of love for moving through the landscape with their paddles."
Buckles says more than 20,000 people will be at Canoecopia. She says it's like the Oscars for paddlers.
"It's like you have to be there. It's 20,000 paddlers who all come together to look at gear, to hear slideshows, to talk trips. Everyone has a bit of spring fever right now and the way they get through that spring fever is to come to Canoecopia."
Canoecopia runs through Sunday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
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