Later today I leave for a five day kayaking/digital photography trip in Georgian Bay with White Squall Outfitters. Good thing we are staying in cabins at night, because I seem to have lost the knack for packing light. If we were moving from campsite to campsite, like I used to do 15 years ago, I would need a generator to power all my gizmos and a Sherpa to carry all my gear. Mind you, he might think climbing Mt. Everest was a snap compared to all the stuff I am lugging on this paddling trip.
It’s been a long time since I have done an excursion like this. I have grown more decadent than I realized and more pampered than I care to admit. Witness the checklist I went through yesterday as I prepared for the trip:
- Touch up roots – can’t be paddling with a skunk-like stripe in my hairline or I will have to wear a baseball cap all day and all night
- Manicure and clear nail polish – my Swiss Army knife does such a bad job on trimming nails. The nail polish is there to protect the cuticles – really!
- Pedicure – get out the coarse sandpaper and scrape off cracked, dry heels. Pink nail polish this time, to hide ugly toenails. Besides they look so pretty in pink.
- Waxing – rip a strip of skin and hair off various parts of my body. I suppose it beats other forms of torture but not by much.
- Facial mask – exfoliate the face one last time before I bake it in the hot, summer sun during the day and roast it by the fire at night – should look like well-dried leather by the time the week is over.
Then today, I packed. And packed. And packed. You’d think I was heading to the Arctic on the Franklin Expedition, instead of to Georgian Bay for a week. Long underwear, paddling jacket, rain suit, wetsuit, hiking boots and hiking pants, shorts for hot weather and polar fleeces for cool. The only items I didn’t pack are a hair dryer and makeup – after all, this is supposed to be a trip back to nature and I am such a natural woman.
Of course, this is also a photography trip. So, in addition to clothing I packed digital photography equipment and a laptop, and of course all the extra batteries, memory cards and chargers required to keep this stuff operational. I’ve even got a monopod, a tripod and an IPod. We are ready to circumnavigate the globe. Oh, I almost forgot – we need the GPS too, in case we decide to search for the Northwest Passage.
I think I’m ready. Now WHERE is that Sherpa?