Skip to main content
  The Houston Canoe Club
Share our Joy of Paddling!

P.O. Box 925516
Houston, Texas

The Houston Canoe Club 

is a Paddle America Club

Link to ACA

Add Me To Your Mailing List
HomeNL-2012-06 Tree Climber

Campfire Tales: The Tree Climber
Paul Woodcock

The year before I joined the canoe club a friend loaned me her 17-ft aluminum Smoker craft.  It must have weighed over a hundred pounds and had about a one inch keel.  It was the boat I used for the first couple of years I was in the club.  I took it everywhere.  The first trip was a week on Caddo lake (that is a camp fire tale in itself).  I did day trips, clean-ups, and Mary Zaborowski and I took it down the Neches dragging it over logs and up a 6-ft bank to camp.  Because of the keel it was hard to maneuver and I kept getting swept under limbs and into rocks.  One time I even had it loaded on top of the truck and backed into a tree - that is why I named it Tree Climber.  It was so heavy and cumbersome that I was always doing sweep on trips and had to have help loading it.  Every year I would call the owner and ask if she wanted it back, and she would reply that her garage had burned down and that she didn't really have a place to store it.  About 10 years ago I called her number and discovered it had been disconnected, so Tree Climber stayed outside in my yard, neglected and alone, until I decided to put a mannequin in it to celebrate different occasions.  Thus was born Hal I Day Man o' Kin.

Welcome   Graduations   Birthdays

St. Patricks
  Easter   Christmas

the earth is my mother
the sky is my father
the animals are my brothers
the canoe lets me get closer to them