Paddles Aweigh

Around the Lake in Ten Days

By Kathy Cooney Dobbs

Last fall, just before I set off with a group of seven women in their sixties on a ten-day attempt to paddle the 104-mile shoreline of Lake Coeur d’Alene, I reminded myself I had been in a canoe once for about twenty minutes, and the last time I went camping was 1974, when I was twenty-four years old, traveling across Europe.

So I looked toward launch day not only with anticipation but also with some anxiety. Yet my concerns were put to rest when I was warmly welcomed by the women, who call themselves the Goldens. Also with us were two young counselors from Camp Sweyolakan on Mica Bay, a youth camp dating back to the 1920s cherished by all these women, who still know each other by their camp nicknames from long ago [for more about the camp, see “Two if by Sea,” by Kathy Cooney Dobbs, IDAHO magazine, September 2012]. Our trip was a fundraiser for the camp.

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2 Responses to Paddles Aweigh

  1. phaw522 - Reply

    December 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Hey Kathy I really wanted to read your article, so I decided to subscribe online……but for some reason your article is the only one of all the articles that I can not seem to access. Dang! Would love if you would send me a copy. I know my subscription is not a waste….I’m sure I will see many more of your fantastic contributions in the near future. Luv’s ~Pauline

  2. Kathy Cooney Dobbs - Reply

    January 24, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Pauline, thank you for your interest in my story Paddles Aweigh for IDAHO Magazine, & for subscribing .

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