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Doubs, France, november 2009

Bloodvein, Canada, september 2013

Hallo paddlers

This is my website which I setup to describe my first attempt to build a cedarstrip solo canoe.

My husband and I are avid paddlers and so I have also included some pictures of a few rivers which we have paddled.

In the summer of 2008 we paddled the Wind river in the Yukon and the previous year the Trysil in Norway.  See more about these in the canoe trip section of the site. In 2010  we enjoyed the fast water of the Mountain river in the North West Territories of Canada. 2011 we discovered the Werra in former East Germany and also visited Mecklenburg. 2012 was the year of French bread and wine on the Allier and Loire rivers.

We visited Canada for 7 weeks in the summer of 2013 and made two fantastic trip. Follow the links here for the blogs.

 In 2014 we paddled for 47 days  on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail .

You can find the story of our trip here, the  Journal of the Floating Dutchman

2015 started closer to home in May with a trip down the Thames   , the river where I made my first paddle strokes many years ago.

In 2015 we made our first visit to Alaska and paddled the Noatak, an easy river with spectacular scenery above the Arctic circle. Not having had enough of trips, in October 2015 we joined a trip led by Wilderness Canoe taking us around the magnificent scenery in Assynt, Scotland.

 Coming up....

Presentation Khovd River, Mongolia - 22 february 2017, Amersfoort

Open Canoe Festival of the Netherlands Weerribben  8/9/10 sept 2017


Last updates:  Soulmate - 6 sept  2008 - Launching;        Kipawa - 12 august  2009 - Launching.  Mountain river photos -  10 sept. 2010.   Skin-on-frame canoe building log 2 september 2012.













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