I always loved camping, hiking, and canoeing, although my favorite thing was always finding ways to do all three with friends. One summer, several friends (and experienced canoers and campers) and I went on a trip outside of camp, canoeing several Adirondack lakes.
We laughed and got sunburned and enjoyed ourselves immensely. One of my favorite memories from that trip was “The Chair”. At one of the campsites we stayed at, someone had somehow brought a cheap plastic lawn chair and abandoned it. We didn’t like leaving things in the forest (and we were excited about the prospect of some trail booty), so once our two trip leaders were safely paddling away across the lake, the three of us in the last canoe turned back, grabbed the chair, and proudly rode around sitting in the chair in the canoe.
Note the chair in the front canoe!
When the leaders saw us, they laughed and told us we could keep it as long as we rode safely in it and didn’t leave it somewhere else, terms we were confident we could agree to. We happily portaged the chair twice, rode on top of it, and posed for countless pictures with it. Later, we would decorate it for one of our leaders’ wedding shower by painting it white and wrapping it in tulle.
It sat around camp on the campcraft porch for years afterwards- it might even still be there (but I don’t think so). Just goes to show- one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure!