Saco River Canoe Adventure

by Ian Maclellan

There is no better way to say “Farewell summer!” then a wild Saco River canoe trip with all your friends. It’s a two day affair, but preparations start months in advance as you dream up floating tables and meta games. You kick off the trip in Central Conway with whatever canoe company you pick. We use Saco Bound┬áso they are obviously the best. The river pulls you downstream at a steady pace and you barely have to paddle. Just when you get comfortable with the leisurely pace though, you have to portage (pronounced pour – taj) your canoe what feels like a mile.

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

We happened upon this table and I brought my underwater camera housing from Outex just for this picture. I don’t quite trust their housing just yet, so I use a Pingi desiccant inside and tried out plumber’s tape to better seal the threads.

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Playing with dry ice:

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

More reasons to be a vegetarian:

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

This is a 3D printed remote controlled boat with cans for flotation. I was impressed.

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Doing the Big River Man:

Canoeing The Saco River With Friends

Arlin Ladue and I were the MediaBoat (soon to be our production company…). He made the following video and I took all these pictures.

March of the Saco from Arlin Ladue on Vimeo.

 

The next canoe trip I’ve got lined up is going to be much colder and much more strenuous. Arlin and I are planning on canoeing the whole length of the Connecticut River from Quebec to the Long Island Sound.