You and your partner are planning a three day canoe trip with your five year-old son. He has been car camping multiple times over the past two years and enjoys sleeping in a tent and playing outside. He has also been in a canoe on a small lake near your home in northern Florida multiple times last summer and enjoyed it. You are considering taking the trip on 30 mile stretch of river with moving water and some Class I rapids. You and your wife are proficient expedition canoe paddlers with a number of 2-3 week trips in your resume and are comfortable paddling a loaded canoe in easy Class III whitewater.
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