1 This is the only picture I have of our trailer in tow, though we've been doing it for two decades. The trailer is 4x8' by 2' deep and gets packed pretty full when we're camping with a family of five (this picture is of a non-camping trip). The canoe sits very securely on top, strapped and tied down. I have never felt comfortable with a canoe on my van roof, though I will do it for short excursions. I like being able to look in my rear view mirror to see that my canoe is still following me. The trailer and van are used for my renovation business during the year.
2 We make no apologies for taking more gear than is absolutely necessary. But we're always open to ways to lighten the load without totally sacrificing life's little luxuries. This Camping Gear Gallery documents the stuff that we take, could leave behind and do leave behind. This survey is as much for our own benefit as for anyone else's. We have a checklist that we print out each time, but now these visuals too can aid the process of packing. We'd love it if you could share suggestions on what to take (or not) and how to live simply but wonderfully when canoe camping. (You can do this on the comment facility below.)
3 This is our trailer twenty years ago. We were still using the duffel bags we bought for our first canoe trip.
4 Packing today (just for the two of us) seems a breeze compared to this.
5 When packing the trailer, the first layer is made up of crates, buckets and other stuff that can take a bit of wetness if it rains enroute.
6 Sleeping bags and clothing sit on top. A tarp covering the whole works is tucked against the inside of the trailer and then the trailer tarp goes over the outside. The green pack with the Canadian flag is the one that I carried through Europe in 1983. It holds too much of our clothing.
Newmaker is the spirit that drives a lifetime of creativity, and is a reflection of the Creator who continues to make all things new.
H.James Company is the business name for the renovation services of Henry de Jong since 1991. Services have been offered as sub-contractor and as contractor, but primarily as a professional craftsman working alone. Working on small to medium size jobs allows a personal committment to executing every detail with the same care, and to working one job at a time, on a steady and predictable schedule.