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gentle in beaching my wood-canvas canoe. While my back was turned, my boat took off, giv- ing new meaning to the term “solo canoe.” There is nothing like an unscheduled skinny-dip in cold water to restore mindfulness. My memorial to that event is not a cross, but the photo above. STEVE GILZOW Saline, Michigan

Setting it straight

I’m a dedicated reader and supporter of the mag- azine, but after reading the Spring 2009 issue I was disappointed to see you did not properly in- form readers in the “100 Years of Quetico” article. You did not list the new

Life after death

The editorial “Life After Death” (Spring 2009) makes the point that not every canoeist needs to be immortalized in the wilderness after death, but that “Blair Fraser wasn’t just any paddler.”Ca- noeroots readers may be interested to know the cross in the accompanying photo (a cross given little explanation in the editorial) commemorates someone who also wasn’t “just any paddler.” It is for Jerry Cesar, paddling partner to expedition paddler Verlen Kruger. Kruger and Cesar were attempting an early

descent of the White River in May of 1975 when Cesar drowned in Chicagonce Falls, now the site of a proposed hydro project. Kruger returned to the White a few months later and erected a cross in Cesar’s memory only to have someone re- move it. In 1998, at age 76, Kruger ran the White River with Cesar’s son, Todd, who erected the cross you see in the photo. Paddlers dating back to at least the voya-

geurs (the original voyageurs, not Blair Fraser’s group) have left memorials to drowned com- rades. Those crosses, like Fraser’s and Cesar’s, are reminders. They evoke a past and inform the present. We need reminders that moving water deserves our respect. Of course, flatwater demands mindfulness,

too, as Harlan Schwartz points out in “Safe Solo.” I appreciated his second admonition to “Tether your canoe.” One dawn in early June I was overly

website that outlines the history, stewardship project, activities and service providers relating to Quetico’s centennial. Furthermore, the list- ing of only two outfitters is unacceptable and doesn’t provide your readers with the complete range of Q100-certified outfitters and service providers. The best sources are the Chambers of Commerce in Atikokan, Ontario, (atikokancham- and Ely, Minnesota ( MICHELLE SAVOIE

Voyageur Wilderness Programme Atikokan, Ontario

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PFD Poll

Opinions on whether PFDs should be mandatory were roughly even. Here are two perspectives.

Buckle up

Working in the industry and seeing headlines about how someone has died because of not wearing a PFD, I feel that, just like it’s law to have to wear a seat belt in a car, it should be law to wear a PFD in any small watercraft. RANDY MITSON

Algonquin Outfitters Huntsville, Ontario

Courting death?

No more laws, please. At least not for consenting adults. Do I court death? Certainly not! I cherish

hopes of a long life spent paddling. Sometimes I just want to strip off my shirt and feel the sun on my back (without bugs around of course). Thanks for a stunning mag.

JOHN NORTHROP Fort Smith, Arkansas

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