The world is a fast paced and noisy place. In a typical day, we run the gauntlet from one noisy environment to another. We're bombarded by noise at work. We travel through noise to and from work. Even when we get home, we're surrounded by noise, from our modern conveniences, from our pets, maybe even from our kids.
For many, this causes the pressure to build, until they feel like they're going to explode. They feel a desperate need to decompress. Of course, there is certainly no shortage of entertainment in our modern world. This is especially true in the United States, which is a big exporter of entertainment.
However, much of the recreation and entertainment that is available is a reflection of the fast paced and noisy world from which we may be fleeing.
While other people used careful cutting and controlled burning to fashion small boats or dugout canoes from logs, many of the Native American tribes took another approach. They would cover a ribbed frame with animal skin or tree bark, to create a lightweight, yet remarkably useful small craft.
When Europeans first arrived in the New World, they quickly saw the advantages of the birch bark canoes used by the woodland tribes of the northeast. Their adoption by traders and explorers played a large role in opening up the Great Lakes region to settlement.
When you see the mirror-flat stillness of a placid lake on a warm afternoon, with the tranquility disturbed only by the small sound of your own paddle breaking the surface, you may come to realize that in spite of the highway over the hill, we're really not that far removed from the natives that paddled that water a short time ago.
Such a gentle sensory experience may be just what's needed to heal raw nerves and overloaded senses. What better reason can you find to try the soothing pastime of canoeing?