With the paddling season in high gear, it’s been hard to find a few moments to sit down at the computer to write about what’s been going on here in the Great Lakes. In late May, Nick Poelking, Larry Fordyce and I guided a group of 14 high school students and two teachers on an 5-day backcountry trip to the Mink and McCoy Islands in Georgian Bay, Ontario. The area we were paddling in is called the 30,000 Islands region, and the name isn’t hyperbolic. Cold, clear water, windswept pink granite islands, lonesome pines, and good company all combined to make this a memorable trip. It also gave me a chance to put the new Cetus to the test on a multi-day trip.