Flipping up a canoe is like a badge of honor. It was my third summer at camp and I had to learn how to get it done. I slid the 120 pound cedar canvas waterlogged boat up on my knees, then I did the deepest squat I could possible do. I pushed the canoe up with my hips so that I was grabbing both gunnels with the massive vessel vertical on my thighs. That was the easy part, I then stood up as fast as I could held with all of its weight on my right arm. It felt like I was standing there for a full minute with that weight, but it was only ten seconds. I then flipped it over and on to my head. I had done it noth necessarily the right way but it was on my head with no help. It was an incredible feeling of satisfaction, the type of satisfaction that makes that’s special summer experience the highlight of my year and the thing I miss and look forward everyday.