|One version of the bay boat, a canoe with outrigger for stability. However, too slow for long distances.|
|The outrigger canoe afloat. On flat water, it is stable enough to stand up in.|
Which brings me to my main point, namely, what is possible?
|San Francisco, six miles distant.|
And once again, we have to ask ourselves, what is possible? It isn't the physical constraints that make a paddle to San Francisco for a cup of coffee such a rare event. It is more a matter of how much time it takes. I can take a one hour paddle by launching off the boat ramp which is half a mile from my house. Total elapsed time for launching and landing is half an hour. So I could do a one hour paddle in 1-1/2 hours.
I do in fact do the short paddle near my house fairly often and the paddle to San Francisco only rarely. What is possible in part has to do with how much time I allow myself for paddling. When I think of the people whom I know that do more extensive paddles, they are invariably single people with few responsibilities other than to themselves. So what is possible? Perhaps what we allow ourselves.